What the Hell Happened to Kim Basinger?


She’s been a Bond girl, Batman’s girlfriend and a corpse in a Tom Petty video.  Most recently, she played Zach Effron’s mom.  What the hell happened?  The easy answer is that Kim Basinger was a sex symbol who got old.  But the story of Basinger’s career is far more interesting than the easy answer would lead you to believe.

Like a lot of the actresses, Basinger got her start as a model.  She then transitioned on to TV shows like Starskey and Hutch and Charlie’s Angels.  Following that, she broke into films with films like Hard Country and Mother Lode.

basinger - never say never

Basinger’s breakout role was opposite Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again.

After Diamonds are Forever, Connery had vowed never to play James Bond again.  However, he reconsidered.  And in 1983 he returned to the role.  The title is a winking nod to Connery’s earlier comments.

Never Say Never Again is an odd entry in the Bond franchise.  It was not produced by Eon Productions like most of the Bond films.  Instead, it was a remake of Thunderball based on a settlement deal surrounding Fleming’s original novel.

In the summer of 1983, Connery and Roger Moore had dueling James Bond films as a result.

As it turns out, there was room for two James Bond movies that summer.  Although Roger Moore’s Octopussy outperformed Never Say Never Again, both films were hits.

basinger - playboy

To promote Never Say Never Again, Basinger posed nude for Playboy.  Basinger actually credits the Playboy shoot with helping her land the role in Barry Levinson’s baseball film, The Natural.

Basinger - The Man Who Loved Women

But first, let me make a passing mention that in 1983 Basinger also appeared in the Blake Edwards comedy, The Man Who Loved Women starring Burt Reynolds.

Kim Basinger - The Natural - 1984

Kim Basinger – The Natural – 1984

Never Say Never Again, the Playboy shoot (and maybe even the Burt Reynolds movie) caught the attention of Barry Levinson.  When he was looking for a femme fatale to seduce Robert Redford in The Natural, he called upon Basinger.

Basinger was perfect for the role conveying the glamour of the era as well as the necessary sex appeal.  She was rewarded with her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Kim Basinger - Fool For Love - 1985

Kim Basinger – Fool For Love – 1985

Up to this point, Basinger has worked with an impressive collection of directors.  Never Say Never Again was directed by Irvin Kirshner (director of The Empire Strikes Back), The Man Who Loves Women was directed by Blake Edwards and The Natural was directed by Barry Levinson.  But her next film, Fool for Love, was directed by none other than Robert Altman!

I haven’t done the research, but I venture to guess that no other actress has gone from Bond and Playboy to Altman in three films or less.

Fool For Love was not a box office hit.  But it got very positive reviews and helped to legitimize Basinger as an actress and not just a pretty face.

basinger - 912 weeks

In 1986, Basinger worked with another visionary director, Adrian Lyne, in the erotic drama, 9 1/2 Weeks.  Basinger and co-star Mickey Rourke played a couple who push their sexual boundaries until Basinger’s character reaches her limit.  The sex scenes were artfully done, but the film was scandalous at the time.

Reviews for 9 1/2 Weeks were mixed.  Some critics considered it borderline soft core porn.  But most praised the genuine performances by Rourke and Basinger.

At the time of its release, 9 1/2 Weeks bombed at the box office.  But it became very popular overseas and eventually developed a cult following.  A direct to video sequel and prequel were both eventually produced.

Next: Blind Date and My Stepmother is an Alien


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  1. Deader Than Disco / Film

    During the 1980s and early ’90s, Kim Basinger was not only one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood but also one of its biggest sex symbols (serving as Hollywood’s epitome of “the blonde bombshell”). Basinger with personality traits of shyness and sensitivity along with incredible physical beauty and sensuality, was arguably, the closest ’80s equivalent to Marilyn Monroe. After working as a fashion model and gradually paying her dues in films like the unofficial James Bond film Never Say Never Again, The Man Who Loves Women, The Natural, Fool for Love, 9 1/2 Weeks, No Mercy, Nadine, Blind Date, and My Stepmother Is An Alien, Basigner officially reached the A-list when she was cast as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster Batman. Ironically, the Vicki Vale role was originally meant for Sean Young, who had to back out at the last minute after breaking her collarbone in a horseback riding accident. Shortly after Batman however, a series of events threatened to derail her career completely. Around the same time that Batman was out, Basinger dropped $20 million dollars to buy the entire town of Braselton, Georgia. The idea was to establish a tourism industry built around a Kim Basinger film festival. Five years later, she sold the town for a mere $1 million dollars. In 1991, Basinger co-starred along with her future husband Alec Baldwin (sometime before this, Basinger started up a very public affair with the pop star, Prince, who recording music for the Batman soundtrack) in the Neil Simon comedy The Marrying Man. Produced for $26 million, The Marrying Man only grossed $12,454,758 and currently, has a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Odds are, you would’ve forgotten The Marrying Man had it not been for the infamous behind-the-scenes fights upon its initial release. Basinger in particular, insisted that the director of photography be replaced because she didn’t look like how she looked in the test shots that he had taken. That wasn’t all. Four weeks into filming, she asked to change the dialogue, telling the screenwriter, “Whoever wrote this scene doesn’t understand comedy.” Basinger also kept production waiting on the set due to her elaborate morning routine, which included washing her hair with only Evian water and shampoo. Also, Basinger wouldn’t settle for having her makeup touched up between close-up shots. No, she had to have her makeup completely removed and re-applied between takes, something that made filming take about 20x longer than it should have. To top all of this, Basinger reportedly, did not wear underwear on the set and was very forthcoming with what she wanted to do to her co-star in between takes. Basinger followed up The Marrying Man the erotic thriller, Final Analysis, which reteamed Basinger with her No Mercy co-star, Richard Gere. Final Analysis was released a month before Basic Instinct and was part of a wave of “erotic thrillers” that started with Fatal Attraction. But reviews were mixed and the movie tanked, grossing $28,590,66 million on a $33 million budget. Next for Basinger, was Ralph Bakshi’s live action/animation hybrid, Cool World. Ralph Bakshi was so dismayed by the film’s reception (it only grossed $14,110,589 against $28 million budget and has a 4% rating on Rotten Tomatos) and Executive Meddling (which included Basinger bowdlerizing the movie to show for sick hospital children even though that was not the intention of Bakshi at all) that he eventually retired from filmmaking. The following year, Basinger teamed with Val Kilmer on the heist flick, The Real Mc Coy, which also mixed to negative reviews (with a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and bombed at the box office (grossing only $6,484,246).

    However, the biggest story of 1993 for Kim Basinger (well, besides her appearance as Tom Petty’s corpse girlfriend in his “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” music video) was Boxing Helena, a movie Basinger did not even appear in. To make a long story short, just before filming was supposed to begin Basinger got cold feet about playing a woman being held hostage by her possessive ex who winds up amputating her limbs off to keep her dependent on him and falling back in love with him. Not surprisingly, the makers of Boxing Helena sued. What is surprising is that they were awarded an unprecedented settlement of $8.1 million for Basinger’s breach of her verbal contract. Eventually, the verdict was voided. Basinger signed an out-of-court settlement for $3.8 million dollars. But the damage was done. Between her costly legal battles and the failure of her investment in the town of Braselton, Basinger filed for bankruptcy. In 1994, Basinger again co-starred with Alec Baldwin, now her husband, in the remake of the 1972 Steve McQueen/Ali Mc Graw crime drama film The Getaway. Despite some buzz if not controversy over a steamy steamy sex scene between Basinger and Baldwin, it was not enough to make The Getaway a hit. It received negative reviews (with a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and bombed at the box office (grossing only $16,096,000 ). Ultimately, faced with lawsuits, bankruptcy and a string of box office flops, Basinger retreated from Hollywood for a few years.

    But three years later, Basinger was primed for a comeback, which came in the form of Curtis Hanson’s gritty film noir, L.A. Confidential. Basinger’s performance as glamorous, sexy femme fatale earned Basinger an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. In one fell swoop, Basinger appeared to be back on Hollywood’s A-list and of course, at the peak of her career. Despite the overwhelming success of LA Confidential, Basinger didn’t jump right back into starring roles. She didn’t release another movie for three years. In 2000, Basinger finally followed up LA Confidential with I Dreamed Of Africa and the supernatural thriller, Bless the Child. Both received bad reviews (I Dreamed Of Africa earned a 10% Rotten Tomatoes rating) and underwhelmed at the box office (I Dreamed Of Africa only grossed $15 million against $50 million budget while Bless The Child only grossed $40,443,010 worldwide against a $65 million budget). Nonetheless, Basinger’s three year hiatus (one way or another), successfully ensured any hype she had fizzled out. Shortly after the one-two punch of I Dreamed Of Africa and Bless The Child, Basinger and Alec Baldwin filed for divorce. This lead to a long, drawn out custody battle over their daughter Ireland. Baldwin in the process, accused Basinger of blocking him from seeing or talking to his daughter, ignoring court orders and trying to turn Ireland against him. Six years later, that battle would become public when Baldwin left some angry phone messages for their daughter. In hindsight, Basinger’s ugly divorce and custody battle with Alec Baldwin overshadowed her professional work and her career has never been the same. Basinger did enjoy a minor reprieve when she reunited with her LA Confidential as Eminem’s mother in the semi-autobiographical box office hit 8 Mile. Unfortunately, she was arguably utterly forgettable as a character etched in the collective rap fan consciousness. Eminem’s biting and scathing rhymes about his mother’s bad parenting are so iconic that Basinger’s performance retreated into the shadows. Since that time, her career has been on a slow decline with few notable hot points and she for the most part, has disappeared from the limelight. Rightly or wrongly, Basinger (who has suffered from major anxiety issues and agoraphobia for most of her life) has in recent years, earned a reputation as a serious recluse while devoting most of her time to animal activism. While Basinger continued to work, it’s mostly been in smaller films that most people have probably never seen or heard of (namely, limited release films and straight-to-DVD dramas). For example, in 2008, Basinger appeared in (and helped produced) the Christmas themed thriller While She Was Out, which soon got reviewed by Matthew “Film Brain” Buck on Bad Movie Beatdown. Basinger did enjoy a modest hit playing a damsel-in-distress in 2004’s thriller Cellular (which grossed $56,422,687 against a $25 million budget), but since that time, Basinger has appeared in a string of small films and box office disappointments, where she’s relegated to small supporting roles. The highest profile of which were The Sentinel in 2006 and Charlie St Cloud in 2010. Also, when Basinger was cast in 2009’s The Informers (which received a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), the movie never moved past limited release, and it only grossed a paltry $300,000. Once she won her Oscar, it seemed as if Hollywood stopped paying her much attention… even when she appears in high profile movies. To put things in proper perspective, in 2013, Basinger appeared in alongside Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Alan Arkin, and Kevin Hart in Grudge Match; of those five actors, the Oscar-winning actress was nowhere to be found in the movie trailers. To add insult to injury, Grudge Match only grossed $29,807,260 (domestic), $44,907,260 (worldwide) against $40 million budget. As previously stated, while Basinger still works sporadically (as of this writing, she is due to appear in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys and the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey), she’s now a days, primarily associated and known for her acrimonious split from Alec Baldwin and for their contentious custody battle over their daughter Ireland (also as previously mentioned). Or, Kim Basinger is often pointed towards as an example of actors/actresses whose careers immediately went downhill after winning an Academy Award. And finally, Basinger is often seen as a poster child for the classic excuse of being simply being a sex symbol who just too got old. Even Kim Basinger’s much filmography (including her 1980s-early ’90s prime), outside of Batman (for purely nostalgic reasons) and her Oscar winning role in LA Confidential is arguably, largely forgettable or cast aside. Even Basinger’s modestly successful starring vehicles like Blind Date and Cellular are now pretty much footnotes in helping launch the film careers of Bruce Willis (pre-Die Hard) and Chris Evans (pre-Captain America).



      During the 1980s and early ’90s, Kim Basinger was not only one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood but also one of its biggest sex symbols (serving as Hollywood’s epitome of “the blonde bombshell”). Basinger with personality traits of shyness and sensitivity along with incredible physical beauty and sensuality, was arguably the closest ’80s equivalent to Marilyn Monroe. After working as a fashion model and gradually paying her dues in films like the unofficial James Bond film Never Say Never Again, Fool for Love, and Blind Date, Basigner officially reached the A-list as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster Batman. Shortly after Batman however, a series of commercial duds and her ego problems badly damaged her career. Around the same time that Batman was out, Basinger spent $20 million to create a film studio and festival in Braselton, Georgia which was a commercial failure. In 1990s, Basinger starred in the comedy The Marrying Man alongside Alec Baldwin, the erotic thriller Final Analysis, and the live action/animation hybrid Cool World. All of them were commercial and critical failures overshadowed by Basinger’s clashes with the production teams. While working on The Marrying Man in particular, Basinger demanded that the director of photography be replaced, asked for a rewrite of the dialogue during filming, and stalled production with having her makeup completely removed and re-applied between takes instead of the more efficient method of touch-ups. Basinger followed up The Marrying Man, which also tanked despite the popularity of “erotic thrillers” and the publicity surrounding Basinger’s reunion with her No Mercy co-star, Richard Gere. Her collaboration with Ralph Bakshi on the was also a disaster. Bakshi was so dismayed by the film’s reception (it grossed only half of its $28 million budget and was savaged by critics) and Executive Meddling (which included Basinger censoring the movie to show for sick hospital children against Bakshi’s wishes) that he eventually retired from filmmaking. The following year, Basinger teamed with Val Kilmer on the heist flick, The Real Mc Coy, which also mixed to negative reviews and bombed the box office.
      However, the biggest story of 1993 for Kim Basinger was Boxing Helena, a movie that she did not even appear in. To make a long story short, just before filming was supposed to begin, Basinger got cold feet about playing a woman held hostage and amputated by her possessive ex only to fall back in love with him. Not surprisingly, the makers of Boxing Helena sued, leading to Basinger signing an out-of-court settlement for $3.8 million dollars. But the damage was done. Between her costly legal battles, box office bombs, and failed investments, Basinger filed for bankruptcy. In 1994, Basinger again co-starred with Alec Baldwin, now her husband, in the remake of the 1972 crime drama film The Getaway. Despite some buzz if not controversy over some steamy sex scenes, it was not enough to make The Getaway a hit. Ultimately (and all as previously mentioned), faced with lawsuits, bankruptcy and a string of box office flops, Basinger retreated from Hollywood for a few years.
      Three years later, Basinger was primed for a comeback in the form of Curtis Hanson’s 1997 film noir, L.A. Confidential. Basinger’s performance as glamorous, sexy femme fatale earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, putting her back on Hollywood’s A-list. Despite the overwhelming success of LA Confidential, Basinger didn’t jump right back into starring roles until I Dreamed Of Africa and Bless the Child in 2000. Both received bad reviews and underwhelmed at the box office, killing the momentum of her Oscar win. Shortly after the one-two punch of I Dreamed Of Africa and Bless The Child, Basinger and Alec Baldwin filed for divorce. During the divorce proceedings, the two entered a tumultuous custody battle over their daughter, which only overshadowed her professional work. Since then, her career has been on a slow decline with Basinger only starring in low-budget movies and becoming a recluse. Her most high-profile role since was in 8 Mile with Eminem where she played his character’s mother. Once she won her Oscar, it seemed as if Hollywood stopped paying her much attention even when she appears in high profile movies. To put things in proper perspective, Basinger appeared in alongside Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Alan Arkin, and Kevin Hart in the 2013 Grudge Match; of those five actors, the Oscar-winning actress was nowhere to be found in the movie trailers. To add insult to injury, Grudge Match only grossed $29,807,260 domestically and $44,907,260 worldwide against a $40 million budget. Nowadays, Basinger is more known for her bitter clashes with Hollywood figures, her lack of bankability, and being “Mom’s Spaghetti” from “Lose Yourself”, than being an actress. Even most of Kim Basinger’s filmography, aside from films like Batman, LA Confidential, and 8 Mile that are remembered on their own merit, is largely forgettable, with most of her other films remembered as vehicles in launching the careers of such stars as Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, and Chris Evans.


    • Kim was the original choice for the role of Vicki Vale, but her agents wouldn’t let the producer meet with her unless he made her an offer. And then she “became busy.” So, Young only got the role after Basinger essentially rejected it.

      You can read more in this magazine scan:

      The internet rumor that Michelle Pfeiffer was offered or in serious consideration for this part seems to be made up by a fan.

      Kim also convinced the filmmakers to expand her role in the movie. Originally, Vale wasn’t in the third act.


      • I suppose that in that regard, Kim and/or her handlers tried to play “hardball” and not meet with Jon Peters, one of the producers, until she was guaranteed (instead of essentially “auditioning”) to get the Vicki Vale part. I’m utterly shocked about Kim quite frankly, almost “ruined a good thing” (something must truly be wrong when Sean Young of all people, is seen as “less difficult” given the circumstances) by not even bothering to speak w/ the “Batman” producers until her “demands” or requirements were met before hand. It’s as if she assumed or expected that stuff like that was rightfully earned and she would get the role on a silver platter.

        This is why when I read that Movieline article a couple of years after “Batman”, I was confounded by Kim’s comments about her and her co-stars (outside of Jack Nicholson and the producers, Jon Peters and Peter Guber) being “raped” from a monitory standpoint. It’s as if Kim didn’t have the foresight to understand how much “Batman” elevated her profile and allowed her to enjoy new opportunities. And of course, Kim didn’t seem to be too grateful that she was given a second chance and essentially lucked into the role either way..Basically, Kim pulled the “I’m too busy” card in the interim in order to save face.

        And now that I think about it, it’s not too surprising that Kim’s career on the A-list quickly came crashing down both times (after “Batman” and again after she one the Oscar for “LA Confidential”) due to her ego, questionable work-ethic and her downright flakiness. Kim seemed to believe that she could “enhance” the product w/ her own input (even if it’s really meant for her own personal benefit) for little rhyme or reason outside of giving herself some shine. Even that article seemed to allude that Kim pre-“Batman” had a decidedly shaky, spotty, inconsistent or erratic filmography. Also, Kim seemed to be the type of person who prefers to march to the beat of her own drum (almost to a fault) despite what some of her inner circle or the general public will generally believe.


  2. Re: Unpopular Opinion: She’s The Man Is Better Than Mean Girls

    Stephanie McMahon is a relevant character on a TV show that I keep up with and watch bits and pieces of about every week. You won’t be finding a whole lotta postings in my history of me mentioning her. The same however can’t be said about your musings on Kim Basinger – whom I might add is no longer a relevant celebrity in the spotlight.

    (Sun May 8 2016 22:47:34)

    How thick are you? You post about Kim Basinger constantly. The sooner you understand that the sooner you can move forward.


  3. Kim Basinger proves she’s still got it at 62 in tuxedo at premiere


    • Russell Crowe: ‘Kim Basinger will always be my pal’

      Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger made such a strong connection on L.A. Confidential that it’s remained despite never seeing each other.

      The two starred together in the double Oscar-winning movie in 1997, which includes a best supporting actress gong for Kim, and have teamed up once again for new flick The Nice Guys. While the set-up is totally different this time around, Russell admits the “intimate” bond the pair forged all those years ago has remained strong.

      “It was great seeing Kim again,” he smiled to Cover Media. “We were talking and realised we hadn’t been in the same room together for over a decade, but it is a very different cinematic relationship than before.

      “We had so many hours together on L.A. Confidential that we had a very intimate friendship and that still remains. That is the funny thing about this business, you can go on a cycle and not see each other for years but if you connected you still connect the next time you see each other, so it was great to see her and all that but a very different work experience this time.”


    • This is probably really unfair (since many actors have issues w/ this), but I’ve noticed that more than often, Kim Basinger’s movies (including “The Nice Guys”) have technically bombed at the box office (i.e. they failed to brake even and be profitable). I don’t know if that’s much of an indication of how poorly she often chooses roles or simply a case of bad luck and timing:

      Bless the Child (2000) — Budget, $65 million. Box office, $40,443,010. Writer Tom Rickman was cursed with only writing TV movies after this (one of which was The Reagans, which was released months before Ronald Reagan’s passing.)

      Cool World (1992) — Budget, $28 million. Box office, $14,110,589. Director Ralph Bakshi was so dismayed by the film’s reception and Executive Meddling (which included star Kim Basinger bowdlerizing the movie to show for sick hospital children even though that was not the intention of Bakshi at all) that he eventually retired from filmmaking. Cool World was also one of a few flops in the early 90’s that melted the A-list career of Basinger, and film helmer Frank Mancuso’s career was downgraded to B-level status ever since.

      Final Analysis (1992) — Budget, $33 million. Box office, $28,590,665. One of a few flops in the early 90’s that melted the A-list career of Kim Basinger.

      Grudge Match (2013) — Budget, $40 million. Box office, $29,807,260 (domestic), $44,907,260 (worldwide).

      The Marrying Man (1991) — Budget, $26 million. Box office, $12,454,758. Dashed Kim Basinger’s hopes of being a singer, and one of a few flops in the early 90’s that melted her A-list career.

      My Stepmother Is An Alien (1988) — Budget, $26 million. Box office, $13,854,000 (domestic). One of a handful of 1988/1989 films that caused the Weintraub Entertainment Group to implode right out of the gates, and one of the movies that ended Coca-Cola’s control over Columbia and caused their merger with Tristar and Sony.

      The Nice Guys (2016) — Budget, $50 million. Box office, $33,364,096 (domestic), $50,364,096 (worldwide). Despite glowing reviews from critics, this was released in the midst of one of the ugliest box office summers in cinema history, and could not make up the budget as a result despite almost all of the big-budget competition getting worse reviews than Nice Guys got.

      Waynes World 2 (1993) — Budget, $40 million. Box office, $48.2 million (domestic). While this take on Wayne and Garth had a budget that was double that of the original sleeper classic, it was not considered as fresh as the original, and it didn’t have the same director because she had fallen out with star Mike Myers over the difficulty of working with him (she directed The Beverly Hillbillies instead, which was a financial success but was actually disdained by critics). Paramount and NBC let the Wayne’s World sketch lie in the culture nostalgia corner after this film, but this would be one of the last times an SNL-based film would be taken seriously before it started getting derailed with It’s Pat! the next year.


  4. Kim Basinger: “Children Are Our Greatest Teachers”

    In 2001, actress Kim Basinger filed for divorce from actor and then-husband, Alec Baldwin, and even in an industry known for its acrimonious splits, theirs was a particularly bitter breakup. The next few years were rocky ones, as Basinger and Baldwin endured a nasty custody dispute over their daughter, Ireland. For years the battle filled tabloid headlines; the couple eventually settled on joint custody, with Basinger and Ireland living in Los Angeles and Baldwin flying from New York City to visit his daughter.

    As a Solo Mom, Basinger tried to raise her daughter to be strong and confident. “Ireland and I have gone through many challenges,” the actress told Elle in 2015. “I’m a single mom, so we were joined at the hip. . . . She’s had her challenges and her struggles with relationships. I always tried to be sincere in sending messages to her that she could do anything in the world. . . . I see her getting there. She’s a strong girl, and another gifted woman on this planet.”

    Basinger, who over the years has appeared in films ranging from an Academy Award–winning performance in L.A. Confidential to 8 Mile, has said she turned down movie roles when Ireland was growing up because she didn’t want to be away from her daughter. “I was there for everything,” Basinger told the Los Angeles Times in 2015. “She played soccer, she played basketball. You don’t want to miss that. I felt it was so important at least for one parent to be there all the time.”

    In recent years, the actress has appeared in movies such as Fifty Shades Darker, due out in 2017, and the intense drama The 11th Hour, where Basinger plays a business executive who, after being told she is too old to carry a baby to term, sets out on a dangerous quest to find a child on her own. The actress credits her raw performance in The 11th Hour to her daughter. “What I have learned about children is that they are our greatest teachers,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “You are in their classroom. If you miss out on that, then you have missed out on a full ride. I know she’s taught me a lot.”

    According to Ireland, who grew to be six feet two and became a model at 17, Basinger has given her good advice in turn. “My mom taught me to go on and have fun and avoid everyone else’s comments and avoid what people are going to say about you,” she told Access Hollywood in 2013. When her early modeling efforts drew a mixed (and sometimes mean-spirited) response, she says both her parents offered encouragement.

    Growing up can be a journey, of course, and in 2015, Ireland checked herself into the SOBA Recovery Center in Malibu, California, seeking treatment for emotional trauma. She’s doing great now, according to her mom. “Kids go through things,” Basinger told the Los Angeles Times. “She’s only 19. We’ve all made choices and been around wrong people, and she took her own step in the right direction.”

    These days, Ireland is moving forward. In an April 2016 interview with Paper Mag, she shares that she’s “focusing on acting more and more,” though she still loves modeling. She loves her dogs; she likes to read and write.

    And Basinger? She is proud of her statuesque daughter: “If I didn’t know [Ireland],” the actress says, “I would be happy to meet her.”


  5. The Curious Career of Kim Basinger

    The Oscar-winning actress has never quite shaken the bizarre stigma that comes with being a sex symbol.

    The twisty 1997 crime drama L.A. Confidential starred a murderer’s row of top-tier actors: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell. But when Oscar season rolled around, only one of the film’s stars took home a prize for acting: Kim Basinger. “If anyone has a dream out there,” said Basinger as she accepted the trophy, “just know that I’m living proof that they do come true.”

    The irony, of course, was that Basinger had achieved her Hollywood dream by playing a woman who had failed to achieve it. Basinger’s L.A. Confidential character, Lynn Bracken, was a failed actress-turned-prostitute who went through plastic surgery so she could conform to a fantasy entertained by a number of wealthy johns: a one-night stand with screen starlet Veronica Lake. In the end, Bracken does get her own kind of Hollywood ending, riding off into the sunset with Bud White, the L.A.P.D. cop played by Russell Crowe.

    Today, nearly 20 years after L.A. Confidential first graced theaters, there’s an unlikely kind of second chapter. Basinger and Crowe have reunited on the big screen for The Nice Guys—but the power dynamics have shifted. This time, Crowe is a lunkheaded enforcer so low-rent that he doesn’t even have a P.I. license, let alone a badge. And Basinger is the head of Los Angeles’ Justice Department, exercising colossal political power in a missing-persons case in which she has a very personal interest.

    It’s not quite a comeback. Over the years, Basinger has occasionally turned up in wife/mom roles in movies like Charlie St. Cloud, and Grudge Match, and she toplined a long-gestating passion project called The 11th Hour, which arrived on VOD last summer. But unless you’ve been actively following Basinger’s career over the past decade, it’s still a little startling when she suddenly pops up in The Nice Guys—like stumbling into an old friend you rarely think of and never visit.

    Hollywood has an exceedingly short memory, so it’s easy to forget how omnipresent Basinger was in the 1980s and 1990s. She costarred in a miniseries remake of the Best Picture-winning drama From Here to Eternity. She held her own opposite James Bond and Batman. She worked with directors as varied and talented as Robert Altman, Adrian Lyne, and Robert Benton. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her supporting turn in The Natural. There were also costly mistakes; at the height of her career, Basinger turned down starring roles in both Thelma & Louise and Sleepless in Seattle.

    But even as her acting career was pushing forward, the tabloid headlines were beginning to overwhelm her body of work. Basinger was linked to a string of purported high-profile romances: Richard Gere, Prince, and Alec Baldwin, who she married in 1993. That same year, a protracted legal battle between Basinger and Main Line Pictures over a bizarre erotic drama called Boxing Helena ended in disaster when a jury decided that Basinger had breached an oral contract by first agreeing to star, and later pulling out of the project. She was ordered to pay $7.4 million—a decision that sent her into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
    Hollywood is a difficult business at the best of times, but it’s particularly cruel to its sex symbols. Basinger, as the Hollywood trades repeatedly reminded everyone, had posed for a full-frontal Playboy centerfold spread that ran in 1983. Many of her buzziest roles explicitly cast her as a sex symbol; when she branched out, in films like the under-seen comedy Nadine, the audience didn’t follow.

    And then, in 1995, Basinger did something considered unthinkable by most Hollywood stars on the rise: She stopped acting. At the height of her career, she spent a few years not acting, and might have continued that way if L.A. Confidential director Curtis Hanson hadn’t aggressively sought her out for the role. “Having played so many sexpots and femme fatales in the past, [Basinger] didn’t want to play a prostitute in L.A. Confidential,” reported the Los Angeles Times. The film’s casting director, Ed Johnston, summed it up in a single sentence: “She started out as a sex symbol, and the powers that be in Hollywood couldn’t see her as anything else.”

    L.A. Confidential was an ideal showcase for Basinger, and following the film’s exceptionally well-received premiere at Cannes, the actress was showered with praise by many outlets that had previously written her off and drubbed her—a coronation that ended with the Oscar statuette. So how did Basinger respond? By taking another hiatus from acting. When she returned in 2000, it was for a passion project: a big-screen adaptation of Kuki Gallmann’s memoir I Dreamed of Africa. Though Basinger’s performance was widely praised, the film tanked. In the years that followed, Basinger acted only sparingly—most notably, she re-teamed with L.A. Confidential director Hanson to play Eminem’s mother in 8 Mile.

    Basinger’s career is a complicated one to parse. Some of her breaks from acting were clearly her choice; in interviews, she’s quick to describe how much of her focus since 1995 has been on raising Ireland, her daughter with Alec Baldwin. Some of her movies were terrible and justly panned. But it’s still a little galling to see Basinger opposite her L.A. Confidential costar Crowe in The Nice Guys—gray and paunchy, in one of the sharpest leading roles of his career, while she languishes in an underdeveloped and underwritten bit part at the periphery of the narrative. This remains the reality for the vast majority of Hollywood actresses, and particularly those who were so explicitly lauded for their sex appeal, as Melanie Griffith, Kathleen Turner, and Kelly Le Brock could attest. At the very least, it’s hard to imagine Basinger’s similarly aged male costars being subjected to an insipid Q&A like this one:

    But if we’re not quite in the midst of a Basinger-aissance, there’s at least one more role on her docket that’s higher-profile than anything she’s done in at least a decade. In an elegant bit of casting, next year’s Fifty Shades of Grey sequel Fifty Shades Darker has cast Basinger as Elena Lincoln, the “Mrs. Robinson” who seduced the teenaged Christian Grey and paved the way for his sadomasochistic sexual preferences. It’s another role that hearkens back to a key touchstone in Basinger’s career—in this case, playing a woman in the midst of a sadomasochistic sexual affair in 1986’s 9 1/2 Weeks. And if it’s yet another sex symbol role in a career that has turned out to be narrower and more limiting than the one Basinger might have chosen — well, at least she’s the one in control.


    • Here’s The “Fifty Shades Darker” Trailer: Now With Even Less Sexiness And Charisma!

      In the first Fifty Ss of Boring movie, Dakota Johnson and pretty wooden post Jamie Dornan had the chemistry of two paper bowls full of overcooked Malt-O-Meal. I figured that the only way Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele could look less like they wanted to f each other is if the roles were recast with John Travolta and Kelly Preston. But it looks like the makers of the sequel Fifty Shits Darker somehow managed to make the second movie even less sexier than the first one. Congrats to them!

      The trailer for Fifty Shits Darker was released today, and besides every single trick looking like their Ambien just kicked in, this mess looks like it’s part watered down remake of Eyes Wide Shut and part horror movie. There’s a helicopter crash! There’s Kim Basinger coming at Jamie Dornan while thinking to herself, “F*** my career.” There’s an angry dude coming at Dakota. And there’s a spooky chick who keeps stalking Dakota. The producers should definitely try to re-market this as a horror movie. I mean, I have a feeling that Fifty S***s Darker is going to leave most of the audience screaming. They’ll be screaming at themselves for paying actual money for this crap, and they’ll be screaming at Kim Basinger and Hugh Dancy for needing a check that bad.

      IMDB tells me that James Foley, who directed Fifty Shits Darker, also directed Who’s That Girl. The phrase “How the mighty have fallen!” has never been so fitting.


    • Kim probably short-cut herself by during the height of her marriage to Alec Baldwin, promoted herself as sort of a packaged deal with him. I think that her being so forth coming about the fact that she was married to him, kind of turned her male fans off (and any women who were aware of Baldwin’s more unsettling part of his personality) It got even worse when she wanted as hard as possible, promote herself as a “doting mom” at the expense of her career.

      Kim was probably already starting to dabble in “mom roles” in she did “The Real McCoy” back in 1993. But by the time that she did “LA Confidential”, she was already well into her 40s. While Kim was still incredibly beautiful, she couldn’t exactly play “hookers with a heart a gold” forever. It seemed like she started becoming a bit lost as she was getting older. Kim arguably wasn’t charismatic or wide-ranging enough to truly be successful in solo vehicles (of course, it all depended on the right director and right script/project), but she couldn’t plausibly keep up the “sexy blonde bombshell” up as she got older w/o it coming across as creepy or cringe-inducing.

      It didn’t help that her marital problems started to greatly interfere with her professional work.


    • Kim Basinger in Person with L.A. CONFIDENTIAL May 9th at the Fine Arts.

      APRIL 25, 2017 BY JORDAN D.M. 2 COMMENTS

      Oscar-winner Kim Basinger will participate in a Q&A at the 7:30pm, May 9th screening of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills. Presented in 35mm.

      Click here to purchase tickets.

      Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a tribute to Oscar-winning writer-director Curtis Hanson with a 20th anniversary screening of his film noir masterpiece, L.A. Confidential.

      Based on James Ellroy’s acclaimed novel, the film focuses on Los Angeles police officers in the 1950s, whose investigations of several murders intersect with the worlds of Hollywood celebrities, scandal sheets, and organized crime.

      The startling critique of police brutality and corruption remains timely and hard-hitting. Ellroy himself praised the screenwriters, saying that Hanson and Helgeland “preserved the basic integrity of the book and its main theme.”

      In addition to its potent social commentary, the film represented a remarkable evocation of time and place, with major contributions by cinematographer Dante Spinotti, art director Jeannine Oppewall, and composer Jerry Goldsmith, all Oscar-nominated for their work.

      Hanson, a classic film enthusiast as well as filmmaker, screened several films made in the 1950s for the cast and crew in order to encourage their dedication to authenticity.

      The award-winning cast includes Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, and Simon Baker.

      L.A. Confidential has a 99 per cent positive score on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert called it “seductive and beautiful, cynical and twisted, and one of the best films of the year.”

      Time’s Richard Schickel paid tribute to the film’s style: “It’s a movie of shadows and half lights, the best approximation of the old black-and-white noir look anyone has yet managed on color stock.”

      The film was named best picture of 1997 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, and the National Board of Review—one of only three films in history to win the top award from all four major critics’ groups. The film was selected for the National Film Registry in 2015.

      Curtis Hanson’s many other films as director include The Bedroom Window, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The River Wild, Wonder Boys, 8 Mile, and In Her Shoes.

      Kim Basinger co-starred in the James Bond movie, Never Say Never Again, and had one of her biggest successes as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989. Her many other films include Barry Levinson’s The Natural starring Robert Redford, Robert Altman’s Fool for Love, the controversial 9 ½ Weeks with Mickey Rourke, Robert Benton’s Nadine with Jeff Bridges, the remake of The Getaway, The Door in the Floor, and I Dreamed of Africa. She reunited with Curtis Hanson when she played Eminem’s mother in 8 Mile, and she reunited with her L.A. Confidential co-star, Russell Crowe, in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys in 2016.


    • That insipid q&a is a gigantic step up from what the generation before her got. Was just watching red carpet interviews from the Ready to Wear premiere. Kim’s not in the video, but Sophia Loren is. An interviewer points out TO HER FACE on the spot that she is “over 59” … this was literally just a couple months after Loren had turned 60. Btw how sad that in 1994 Loren hadn’t been in a theatrically released movie for 15 years.


  6. The Curious Career of Kim Basinger

    The Oscar-winning actress has never quite shaken the bizarre stigma that comes with being a sex symbol.



      I think it’s just a combination of Hollywood’s problem with older women, and the fact that, aside from L.A. Confidential, she’s just never really showed she had any real range. There seems to be a charisma vacuum with her.


    • Does this ring true to Kim Basinger also:

      I remember reading or hearing at some point that Tina Louise** was pretty upset that Mary Ann got so much more fan mail than Ginger did, considering the fact that Ginger was supposed to be the irresistible sexpot.

      But, well, here you go. This is why the Mary Anns will always win against the Gingers: sexiness fades. It has to. At a certain point you either stop trying to be sexy, or your attempts to stay sexy become embarrassing. (See Mae West’s later years. Or…don’t.)

      Mary Ann never tried to be sexy. She was naturally attractive, but it was in a kind of wholesome, adorable way, and that’s what she embraced. That kind of beauty sticks around forever.


    • I don’t want to repeat what that GQ article said, but it’s quite obvious that Kim for whatever the reasons (whether it’s lack of true talent or simply how most people want to perceive her) couldn’t reconcile her sex symbol “stigma” if you want to call it that w/ anything else.

      I remember one of the earliest comments in this article that Kim set herself up in a trap by continuing to play “oversexed” roles well into her 40s when she should’ve just focused on being an “actresses”. The problem is that when she does try something else, it’s arguably in roles that either aren’t appropriate for her (e.g. “I Dreamed of Africa” and “Bless the Child”), sets out (intentional or not) to make her look bad (e.g. “Cellular” and “While She Was Out”), or so so thankless or malnourished on the surface that just about anybody could’ve done it (e.g. “Charlie St. Cloud”, “The Sentinel”, “Grudge Match”, and “The Nice Guys”)

      The smaller, indie movies that Kim has done in-between I would assume was Kim trying to get another “LA Confidential” style prestige project, but somehow, Kim hasn’t been able to get any real traction in her career. I think part of the issue stems from Kim not wanting to get involve to closely w/ the media/press, thus immediately giving forth the impression that she’s faded from the public’s consciousness.

      It’s as if all Kim Basinger really has now is her past (both on a personal and professional level). Kim Basinger rightly or wrongly, has mostly become pigeonholed for being Alec Baldwin’s ex-wife instead of her own film career.


      • But even in I Dreamed of Africa she had a sex scene, sort of. I might be wrong but wasn’t Bless the Child the first role she ever played that didn’t involve sexuality? Basinger is not the only perfect beauty who has aged well. Jacqueline Bisset, who is just as beautiful in my opinion, was originally offered Nine 1/2 Weeks but turned it down because she was uncomfortable being so naked. At that time Bisset was 39, had done nude shots as recently as a year earlier in Class, but decided she wasn’t going to do it anymore. Kim was still doing completely nude sex scenes at 50 in The Door in the Floor! She has clearly chosen this sex symbol route, it didn’t just “happen” to her.


      • Forgot to address the last part of your comment (“Kim Basinger rightly or wrongly, has mostly become pigeonholed for being Alec Baldwin’s ex-wife”): It’s because she doesn’t shamelessly promote herself for the sake of being famous. Like no one would know Sharon Stone even exists today if she didn’t go on talk shows, make trips to paparazzi hotspots, post stuff on social media or attend red carpet events. (Not that Stone is a valid comparison–she wasn’t anywhere near as important of an actress as Basinger in her prime, and hasn’t been in a mainstream movie in a decade.)

        I would argue, by the way, that Baldwin was never a star, just a fixture. I think he got top billing in 3 mainstream movies. Kim was billed above him in both the films they did together which says a lot. As time goes by she will be less associated with him in people’s minds and her filmography will speak for itself. The longest she’s ever gone without being in a widely released film is 4 years, which ain’t bad.


        • I really can’t comment or make an astute comparison to Sharon Stone career because I’m not exactly here to discuss her own career or the way that she carries on her business. Even if you agree w/ Kim’s assessment of not shamelessly promoting herself for the sake of being famous, it none the less, still contributes to the notion that she’s faded from the general public’s consciousness. To give you a proper idea, Kim several years back did this movie called “Grudge Match” w/ Robert DeNiro, Sylvester, Stallone, Kevin Hart, and Alan Arkin. Kim among those stars, despite herself being an Oscar winner and an A-list leading lady in a past life, was virtually nowhere to be found in the movie’s marketing.

          The Looper website as well as Nicki Swift’s has this running series called “Why Hollywood won’t cast….anymore”. And a recurring theme is the necessity for actors court publicity/celebrity or have an active social media (as a means of introducing themselves to new fans and promote new projects through social media) presence. As a result, Kim Basinger’s lack of visibility between projects may have made her forgettable for audiences.

          And in regards to Alec Baldwin, I hate to break it too you, but he’s much more relevant (and I’m not exactly the biggest Alec Baldwin fan in the world mind you) these days (via “30 Rock”, his hosting of “Match Game”, his Donald Trump impersonation on “SNL”, etc.) than Kim Basinger, even if she’s not necessarily being top billed in movies that much. The last thing that Kim Basinger herself did that had any real impact was arguably “8 Mile”, which was 15 years ago now.

          Hell, you can argue that Kim Basinger herself wasn’t exactly a true star (at least somebody who was genuinely bankable on her name alone). The two biggest movie of her careers, “Batman” and “LA Confidential”, had her in supporting roles. All of the movies in which she was the lead/main attraction/marquee star with the exception of maybe “Blind Date” (which in itself, was only a base-level hit) pretty much under-performed or flat out bombed at the box office.

          And even if Kim continues to appear in widely released films, she hasn’t been the designated lead since “Cellular”, which was 13 years ago. And plus, people are going to immediately side-eye her for slumming it in stuff like “Fifty Shades Darker”.


        • And since “Cool World” and the stories about Kim allegedly meddling with the script so that she could so it to sick kids in hospitals, was on my mind, I just thought about another strong question. I seriously wonder (and I’m not trying to be a wise-guy or facetious) if millennials for the most part, know who Kim Basinger is.

          During her “prime” (e.g. around the time that she made “Batman”), Kim Basinger was arguably the sexiest, most beautiful woman in movies. But now, she’s just this elusive (and possibly bitter), washed-up old blonde lady, who kind of looks like Taylor Swift and was married to that one psychotic Baldwin brother who was on “30 Rock”.


    • The Return of Kim Basinger

      Today in showbiz news: A faded Oscar-winner books a respectable role, Lifetime assembles a strange group to make a strange movie, and ABC’s submarine show is sinking.

      RICHARD LAWSON OCT 5, 2012

      Kim Basinger hasn’t done much since she won that Oscar a million years ago for L.A. Confidential. Sure there was The Door in the Floor and that Africa one and of course who could forget Cellular. But, y’know, that was kind of it. So it feels like somewhat big news that she has been cast in Paul Haggis’ new film The Third Person, alongside Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, Casey Affleck, and Liam Neeson, among others. She’ll be playing Neeson’s wife, which is a supporting role, but still. Still, this is a role alongside movie stars in a respected (by some, at least, ahem) director’s film. Good for Kim Basinger. Maybe this is the beginning of a resurgence. The second coming of the Real McCoy. Or maybe it’s just a small-ish role in an indie film. Whichever. [The Hollywood Reporter]


      • Oscar Curse: 15 Actors Whose Careers Went Downhill After Winning


        Sometimes, being beautiful can be a curse. Case in point: Kim Basinger. Although early performances showed talent for both comedy and drama, the actress was often cast in roles that emphasized her sex appeal. 9 1/2 Weeks, for example, was one big sex-a-palooza. Blind Date found her playing Bruce Willis’s dream girl, and My Stepmother Is an Alien had her portraying an extra-terrestrial who comes to Earth in the guise of a ridiculously attractive woman. You get the picture. (At least she got to be Vicki Vale in Tim Burton’s Batman.) Director Curtis Hanson saw something else in Basinger. He cast her as an old-school femme fatale in his 1997 classic, L.A. Confidential. It was a role that made great use of both her beauty and her talent. The Academy agreed, naming her the year’s Best Supporting Actress.

        Basinger didn’t take the va-va-voom roles afterward, but her attempts to continue proving herself as a serious actress fell flat. Turkeys such as I Dreamed of Africa, Bless the Child, and Cellular did nothing to advance her career. The only really decent role she got after winning the Oscar was playing Eminem’s mom in 8 Mile — a movie directed by Curtis Hanson. These days, Basinger turns up mostly in supporting roles (Grudge Match, Fifty Shades Darker). She needs another collaborator like the late Hanson who understands how to tap into the substance underneath the beauty.


    • The Nice Guys (2016) : Well, Kim Basinger still can’t act.

      by Targetrich » Tue Aug 30 2016 14:49:43

      Makes you wonder why they brought old fishface out of retirement. Was she drunk?

      by vexata » Thu Sep 1 2016 04:54:35

      Makes you wonder indeed. Must be plenty of actresses who could do something funny or interesting with this part although it’s not very well written. Basinger brings nothing to the table whatsoever.

      by TeenGangDeb » Tue Sep 6 2016 15:32:35

      She’s pretty bland but was hot back in the day and also has an Oscar.

      by ipacac22 » Sat Nov 5 2016 23:59:23

      She was pretty good in LA Confidential.


  7. Jennifer Lawrence once told a room full of journalists that Kim Basinger died:


  8. Zac Efron: Joking His Way to Movie Stardom

    It was all but forgone that Efron would get a crack at movie stardom, and he did, but when that happened it was in winsome “crowd-pleasers” like “17 Again,” “Charlie St. Cloud,” and “The Lucky One.” Right away, audiences saw the downside of his teen mystique: He could play the beautiful and thoughtful boy next door, but as an actor, he lacked force and heft and danger. He didn’t know how to smolder. He was so flatly earnest that for all his likability, he came off as a bit of a lox. His looks began to seem like a limitation, maybe even a trap, because their effect was to emphasize a certain underlying passivity. It’s the Vincent Chase principle: If you look like Zac Efron, the whole world comes right to you, so why do you have to do anything — like, you know, act?


  9. Her 8 1/2 weeks costar rourke could use a article. He seems currently in the nic cage territory making movies that barely see light of day.


  10. Blind Items Revealed #2

    June 8, 2016

    This 80’s A+ list actress is now barely in demand for any movies. She used to be married to an A+ lister who has been A list for a few decades. Our actress stopped getting roles after she fired multiple directors and directors of photography because they were not shooting her the way she wanted. She also fired writers who didn’t give her enough dialogue.

    Kim Basinger/Alec Baldwin


    • Blind Items Revealed #40

      September 7, 2014

      This former A list mostly movie actress who kind of fell off the planet when she and the A list mostly television actor got divorced more than a decade ago has had her chances to work. Really famous for one iconic movie, the actress recently got a chance to star in an independent movie with a small budget and a great script. The budget was tiny but our actress wanted two separate trailers and cakes, yes cakes, delivered three times a day each day of shooting and had specific dimensions and flavors for each cake. Yeah, the producers passed and ended up landing two Academy Award winners/nominees for the lead roles.

      Kim Basinger/Vera Farmiga/Andy Garcia


    • I don’t know for sure how much weight that blind item has. I’m not denying that there have in the past, been rumors or allegations of Kim Basinger being a diva on movie sets. I think what happened in that regard (if it’s true that Kim was in essence, blackballed from getting more lead, mainstream roles) is that Kim simply wasn’t bankable enough of an actress to justify acting like said diva.

      I also won’t contend that Kim Basinger despite her great beauty, can sometimes come across as extremely neurotic, emotionally needy and flaky. For whatever the reasons, being an excessively “flaky” type of a woman (and not in a cute, quirky, “adorkable” kind of way) can be a major turn-off despite how physically attractive said woman may be. And I do find it ironic that Alec Baldwin continues to be “rewarded” so to speak, when he’s even worse of a human being than his ex-wife. So I do seriously think that sexism comes a bit into play.

      Kim was the type of actress whose big ticket to fame and success was her looks and sex appeal. I think that I said prior that Kim Basinger during her prime, was arguably the heir apparent to Marilyn Monroe. Once she got older and her “assets” lost their gravitas, Kim became relegated to otherwise thankless mom roles.

      I also think that Kim Basinger isn’t a enough of an ambitious, hardcore, firebrand careerist. This can explain why Kim went on three year intervals from 1994-1997 and again from 1997-2000 (in-between her supposedly career reviving Oscar win). Once she had her daughter, her priorities pretty much changed. The fact that Kim was/is already the last person that you would expect to be comfortable in the limelight, and would later experience through serious marital problems (and likely, the lasting emotional trauma from being around Alec Baldwin), and it’s quite easy to understand why her career essentially cooled down.

      I think that in part, Kim has taken smaller, indie-type roles because they require minimal effort (and theoretically, allow her to actually “act” and not just stand around and look pretty) than a larger scale production like when she did “Batman”. I sometimes think that Kim treats acting more like a hobby or a temporarily outlet to deal with her lifelong emotional issues. But she sometimes doesn’t entirely understand the politics behind the business.



    People have largely ignored Kim Basinger’s career post the turn century, perhaps because she was getting older, perhaps because her personal life kept blowing up in the tabloids. Whatever the case, it’s a sad state of affairs, considering that she’s only gotten better as an actress, in some cases turning out performances so flawlessly, you overlook that she’s acting. In 8 MILE, the movie that fictionalized Eminem’s real life, Kim is awesome as a whiny, needy, f*cked up mother who bones her son’s former classmate while her youngest child pretends to cover her ears. It’s horrific when you consider just how commonplace this type of behavior is out in the world.


  12. I watched Cellular last night. It was utterly painful. That’s the only Basinger film I’ve seen, thank god. I don’t think I’ll watch another.


    • Otherwise known as that movie where Jason Statham and his buddies kidnap Kim Basinger and her family, lock her in an attic and Kim tries to convince Captain America (despite the two never meeting before) to come to her aid! “Cellular” seemed to be one of those movies which called for Kim to display overly-hysterical emotions when crying out for help.

      I don’t know what the hell Kim was thinking when she designed she wanted to do that type of movie? It seemed like this was her own type of “female empowerment” (like that “While She Was Out” movie) as means of getting revenge so to speak against people in her past like Alec Baldwin.


    • I said in the “What Might Have Been” article on Kim Basinger that I think her main issue as an actress to a fault is that that she’s not very “even-keel” or nuanced. Kim is either very flat, charisma-less and lacking in screen presence (beyond her looks) or goes too far. Maybe because Kim is a naturally shy, insecure person in real life, that can easily translate for better or worse on screen. Kim’s “default modes” seems to appears to be being crazy-shaky-panicky. When she’s paired with a director who perhaps knows how to handle her (e.g. Curtis Hanson) but in decidedly less “skillful hands”,her default modes are brought out for the worst.

      And I think that “Cellular” is perhaps one of those movies. “Cellular seems like a movie that would’ve theoretically gone to say, Ashley Judd during her prime (since she seemed to specialize in the “woman in peril” sub-genre around this time), but went to Kim since she was relatively on the up again thanks to “8 Mile”. It’s unfortunate that Kim pretty much allowed her self to play such a demeaning and embarrassing role (albeit “high concept” for the early 2000s), even though she’s technically the heroine.

      In some respects, Kim Basinger is somewhat of a lazy, one-note actress. When she isn’t being sexy or doe-eyed (I said that Kim seems to be better when she’s in a quiet, intimate, one-on-one scene like her and Michael Keaton in the kitchen in “Batman”), she appears to be out of her depth. Maybe it’s because she’s so introverted, it takes a greater effort for her to bring any fun, natural confidence or assertiveness.


    • When Hostage Situations Get Personal

      victims are forced into a claustrophobic environment, that leaves them surrounded by their antagonists with them trying to find their way out of the nightmare they’re in. This is an intense, scary, psychological, and genuinely thrilling marathon that plays off the same concepts of hostage situations boiling down to confinement in one location for the duration of the story, vulnerability of those being kidnapped or people assisting them in their eventual rescue, and finding ways of trying to get out of the scenarios they’re in. Not to mention that the people who end up either being kidnapped, or those helping the kidnapped escape become stronger people by the end of each story as the ordeal transforms them into different people. This is an exciting and clever mashup of movies, that all work together beautifully to deliver a night full of sheer suspense, terror, excitement, and convincing acting that presents and sells each scenario to the audience. For tonight’s kickass marathon, we have the following thrillers on the menu:

      The fourth movie of the marathon is the 2004 suspense thriller titled Cellular starring Kim Basingers, William H. Macy, and Chris Evans. The story centers around a woman being kidnapped and locked in a basement by her captors who plan to target both her husband and son. She’s able to successfully breach a phone line and come in contact with a young man whose the only person that can help her family against the people trying to do harm to them. At the same time a near retired police officer begins to question the events surrounding him regarding the young man played by Chris Evans, who first tries to approach him about the woman on the phone. Cellular much like the film’s before it is a fast paced and effective thriller, that bears a unique concept that serves as a cross between Phone Booth, Red Eye, and Speed. It resembles Phone Booth in the sense that a phone is used as a major plot device in the story and Chris Evans racing through time across the city to help her along with her family in the same kind of suspense and adrenaline Speed presented. Cellular works because of the convincing performances from the lead characters with Jason Statham playing a villain role this time. While some may view Cellular as a fun advertisement for cell phones, others will appreciate it as a highly energetic and creative thriller that generates some decent suspense with it. The plot isn’t as explored in terms of depth like it could’ve been but it’s effective enough to accompany the film’s running time. If one is looking for a fun thriller to watch that provides reasonable doses of excitement, then Cellular is the movie to see.


    • I think that Kim Basinger is in theory, an actress who has for the most part, what could be considered a “warm charisma” (in that she seems to have a true sensitivity and earnesty about herself) about herself. I said in her What Might Have Been entry, that she perhaps is an actress who is only a good as her director. Or she’s really an actress who is better off when she’s part of an ensemble or if she is the main female, she isn’t exactly the main engine or focus driving the story.

      With that being said, maybe Kim Basinger is better in light comedic roles (e.g. “Nadine”, “Blind Date”, and even “Wayne’s World 2”) and not intense, heavy duty roles in which she has to do a bulk of the lifting. Kim’s personality or acting style at heart, seems to mousy and sometimes downright overwrought, to really make her presence truly worth while.


    • I’m going to post all of this in light of IMDb’s message boards going away pretty soon:
      Cellular (2004) : Kim Basinger, SO BAD!

      by streepcotillardfan » Tue Jul 13 2010 16:02:31 Flag ▼ | Reply |
      IMDb member since December 2009
      Her performance was actually laughable. Me and a friend watched it and thought “How has she won an Oscar!?” She’s very dramatic in this film and not in a good way!!


      Re: Kim Basinger, SO BAD!
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      by andre_giao » Sun Nov 7 2010 09:59:58 Flag ▼ | Reply |
      IMDb member since April 2000
      Yeah, of course. You’re kidnaped, then your child is also kidnaped, they try to kill your husband and you think her reactions are… overacting?! She protrayed a real woman in a real situation. I think people are sometimes confused by the Hollywood stereotype: a woman in a film shoud be a strong and manly one (just check the characters that made Charlize Theron or Hilary Swank get an Oscar) and everytime there’s a genuine actress that delivers a vulnerable way of being feminin – like Kim Basinger – she’s slammed.

      Re: Kim Basinger, SO BAD!
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      by windowview » Tue Nov 23 2010 14:26:25 Flag ▼ | Reply |
      IMDb member since May 2005
      What’s with people criticizing her performance? It was great, and very credible.

      Re: Kim Basinger, SO BAD!
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      by michaelexarkun » Mon Mar 7 2011 14:27:03 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I didn’t think the performance was bad at all.

      Re: Kim Basinger, SO BAD!
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      by raceface » Tue Mar 22 2011 09:12:13 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      It was horrible! Her studdering nervousness was sooo over-the-top. She should have won a “razzie” for this performance!!

      Re: Kim Basinger, SO BAD!
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      by alekesam » Tue Jul 26 2011 07:54:44 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I thought this was actually one of her better performances tho’ as I’m partial to KB I’m biased so that my comment with a grain of salt.
      Just my one cent since I can’t afford two.

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      by nginx » Thu Aug 18 2011 12:11:49 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I actually found the acting realistic and honest given the situation she was in. I mean come on, she was held hostage along with her son and she knew her family would be shot dead as soon as the dirty cops got what they wanted. Anybody would be overwhelmed with nervousness and fear in that situation.

      She actually controlled herself well. Most women would have died screaming in her position instead of using her brain to fix the telephone and ask for help.

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      by bluepolkadotsxo » Wed Aug 24 2011 14:35:34 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      She’s very dramatic? Four men broke into her home, shot her housekeeper, put her in an attic, and her own life and the life of her 11 year old son and husband was in danger. Please. Like you wouldn’t be flipping beep

      Re: Kim Basinger, SO BAD!
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      by gljbradley » Mon Aug 29 2011 08:11:12 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      No way. She was incredible in this. Her actions as Jessica in this film were understandable. Her life and the lives of her son and husband were in serious danger. How else was she suppose to act?

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      by ScorpionTDC » Sat Dec 7 2013 06:17:30 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      You’re confusing writing with acting. While her character was fairly well written, Kim gave an awful performance. Watch some high quality horrors if you really want to see what acting scared should be like, because it’s not what Kim did

      Re: Kim Basinger, SO BAD!
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      by Lucky-Dollar » Thu Dec 19 2013 14:59:06 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      She was extremely bad in this film. So bad that I was shocked. I find it funny that so many people actually thought her performance was solid. First of all, a solid performance is never forced. This was forced with a big F.

      Re: Kim Basinger, SO Good!
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      by chuko3 » Mon Jan 27 2014 21:13:42 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      She was extremely good in this film reacting to a very extreme situation. I don’t understand what you mean by “forced.” Her performance appeared convincing to me.

      Re: Kim Basinger, SO Good!
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      by bh110027 » Wed Mar 5 2014 16:17:54 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Its like people expected her to either A: go commando and kick butt or B: curl up into a ball and wait to die. It was refreshing to see C: Frightened, scared, emotionally distressed but still able to use her brain to get help and try to escape with her son. And to top it off she didn’t trip or fall or do something stupid in her escape attempt, it was only after her husband was thrust in front of the car at gunpoint that she stopped.

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      by GordonsGekko » Thu Jun 26 2014 22:13:47 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I agree, She was AWFUL. It was almost comical.

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      by Sidewindr » Mon Feb 22 2016 04:48:58 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Her performance was actually laughable. Me and a friend watched it and thought “How has she won an Oscar!?” She’s very dramatic in this film and not in a good way!!

      Your grammar is actually laughable, I suggest you fix that before critiquing people’s acting abilities..

      Cellular (2004) : Basinger i,i,i,i,is a,a,awful in this…

      Basinger i,i,i,i,is a,a,awful in this…
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      by LastGunslinger05 » Mon Jun 2 2008 01:46:27 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      My god she was terrible! Why did she ever win an oscar? I have no idea. She was so ridiculously over dramatic in this i didn’t care at all about her. I just wanted the crooked cops to get nailed. Her and her family? Whatever, didn’t care at all, and in fact i think i was hoping Statham would just shoot her already so i don’t have to hear those awful whimpers and stuttering of her ridiculous melodrama. Aside from her…i did enjoy the movie. pretty typical thriller, nothing original WHATsoever, but it is what it is. And for some reason i like Chris Evans. He’s not a great actor…yet…i think he’s got potential…but for some reason i enjoy his characters and think he’s pulls them off quite well enough. William H. Macy was good as usual, and Statham as always was fantastic. Weird seeing him as a bad guy, but of course most of his characters aren’t what you would call upstanding citizens so i don’t think this was a stretch for him at all, as he played it very well. Anyway…enough rambling…decent usage of an hour and 25 minutes if you have nothing else to do…and kim basinger sucks.

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      by Natural-Born-Killer » Tue Jul 8 2008 01:43:08 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Totally agree- when she was 1st trying to convince Ryan (Chris Evans) that she had been kidnapped she sounded so bored and uninterested that it wasn’t surprising that he nearly ignored her. I normally don’t mind Bassinger but, in this, she wad dreadful.

      Chris Evans was fantastic I thought- he was far better in this role than he was in either of the FF films… and he gave us something to look at xD.

      Statham was his usual stereotypical self but it worked because he always suits the roles he’s put in… considering they’re always the same.

      As for the others- well William H. Macy ended up being the character I cared most about, even though he only got to shine in the last 15 minutes but yes, Bassinger was bloody awful.

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      by linotheundead » Tue Jul 22 2008 04:43:46 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Me too… I agree so so so much. She sucked even worse in this than in 8 Mile!

      In fact it now occurs to me that I’ve never felt she was at all believable in any single role I have ever seen her in. She’s just beyond awful.

      How the hell did she get so popular in hollywood in the first place???

      Don’t be hatin’

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      by Daytripping » Sat Aug 2 2008 18:22:22 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      How old are you people? Seriously. With the “i,i,i,i,is a,a,awful in this” crap, and she sounded “bored” when she first called Evans’ character. She was trying to keep her voice down in case anyone else could hear her. When Statham came in with the sledge hammer, and smashed the phone? The way she layed there shaking…..s he was amazing. Basinger might not be Meryl Streep, but she’s a seasoned actress. Which is why she was cast in this. She brought class to the film. And she was quite good. As her reviews reflected. They call this a B type thriller. But I was completely and thoroughly entertained from start to finish. And on the edge of my seat. Thumbs WAY up!

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      by QBallFra3 » Mon Aug 25 2008 08:45:20 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Daytripping…. No. Do NOT defend her. She was horrible. You can’t put a good spin on bad acting… She was WAY too over dramatic and unbelievable given the situation.

      I am the phantom… My real name is Jerrryyyyy.

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      by LastGunslinger05 » Mon Sep 1 2008 23:14:18 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I’m plenty old enough. My age has nothing to do with the fact that i’ve seen enough movies in my day to see good acting and bad acting. In my OPINION, she was freaking awful and portrayed one of the most annoying characters i’ve ever seen in cinema. Maybe not quite Winona Ryder level, but still…

      El Ultimo Pistolero
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      by feliciano2040 » Mon Sep 8 2008 17:59:44 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Exageration at it’s best!!!

      She wasn’t awesome or anything among those lines, but she delivered properly, a little overacting here and there, but if you think that’s bad then you need to see more movies.
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      by linotheundead » Sun Sep 14 2008 16:42:25 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Lol, yeah Mickey’s not really on my list for brilliance either. However I did think he played Marv spectacularly in Sin City… perhaps only because it was cheesy, over-the-top and perfectly envisioned to be exactly that.

      Hmm… I’ ve never seen 9 1/2 Weeks, but I’m assuming she plays a rather saucy minx, revealing her famous skin throughout the film? I don’t deny that she always was somewhat attractive, but was her acting really ever actually believable? If so I simply have not been witness to it.

      Perhaps she should’ve just done porn, haha

      Don’t be hatin’

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      by LastGunslinger05 » Tue Sep 16 2008 03:51:20 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      You’re implying that there’s plenty of movies with acting way worse than that. Well, i would agree, but why would i want to watch those movies? Why would i need to see more movies if those movies have such terrible acting in them? I’m pretty choosy about wha ti see, and more often than i not i make a good pick. And in Cellular, Basinger drove me up a fvkking wall and i almost couldn’t finish it because she was so annoying. Maybe more annoying than just plain awful, but still. That’s reason enough. If you’ve seen loads of movies with worse characters than this, then maybe you’re the one who needs to see more movies…of the good variety.

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      Re: Basinger i,i,i,i,is a,a,awful in this…
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      by linotheundead » Tue Sep 16 2008 14:42:16 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Yeah, I definately enjoyed it too. Everyone else was pretty good, and it is a decent story with some capable actors pulling it off quite well.
      The ending wasn’t exactly award wining, but it was decent and it’s a film worth watching all the way through.

      But as much as I love Statham, I hate when they want him to put on an american accent… It just seems he’s not good with that, his british one is too strong. Throughout the film his accent changes about 3 times, lol

      Don’t be hatin’

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      by feliciano2040 » Tue Sep 16 2008 17:05:24 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      What i meant was that there is a lot worse out there, that’s why i liked Cellular, because it’s better than the average, it’s not over the top, which applies to Bassinger, who delivered properly, not great but certainly not bad at all!

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      by LastGunslinger05 » Wed Sep 17 2008 22:20:18 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Well i suppose that’s the beauty of opinions huh?

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      by spittle8 » Thu Sep 18 2008 01:18:55 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Haha, I’m 30 minutes in and I went to this page just to see if anyone agree with me on this. Her acting is joke-bad.

      “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised.”

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      by monimunich » Thu Oct 9 2008 13:44:18 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I disagree. She was doing great.

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      by Artemis_of_Ephesus » Fri Oct 10 2008 13:22:26 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Oh my! totally agree. It was like she’s on drugs: talking in a mono tone, broing, uninteresting voice and the acting? ugh!
      I mean you’re kidnapped for God’s sake, panting and saying “no, no” is not enough. This is not to mention her awful make up and fake looks.

      She wasn’t even a tiny little bit believable in her role.

      Just in case you’re interested, it’s called the suprasternal notch.

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      by RivenWinner » Tue Oct 14 2008 13:14:16 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Basinger was definitely the weakest aspect of this film. Her acting and delivery of the lines was terrible.

      on top of that, I just couldn’t stand staring at her face. agh. I’m not accusing her of plastic surgery or anything like that, and it’s not my business and I don’t care, but I really couldn’t get into this film because her face was just so distracting (and not in a good way).

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      by secondeye » Sat Oct 18 2008 04:23:58 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I can’t believe someone is defending Basinger.. my god she was incredibly bad.. just AWFUL.

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      by Lrdenicon » Wed Nov 5 2008 21:24:32 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I came to IMDB and this movie just to say how bad she was. This was some of the worst acting I have ever seen.

      It’s not fair to call it over acting I think because how could anyone possibly know how one would act if someone pointed a gun at their kid. I don’t know how I would act…but I know it is not like the way she did.

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      by contux » Fri Nov 21 2008 14:38:48 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I think she was just GREAT in this movie!

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      by chrisbedford » Fri Dec 11 2009 16:44:33 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      No, no, NOOOO…
      because it’s better than the average, it’s not over the top, which applies to Bassinger, who delivered properly, not great but certainly not bad at all!Yes maybe the movie is (a little) above average but KB did NOT deliver (anything but hysterical melodrama) and was not bad she was AWFUL.

      The worst part about her performance was probably not her fault, it’s the director’s. And the director gets a lot of his – er – direction from the script. What doesn’t gel about Jessica’s character is the shrieking over-reaction to violence together with the calm reconstruction of a telephone; the totally girly fight she puts up followed by accurate slashing of an artery and the then almost nonchalant explanation of the damage she had done to him and how much blood he was going to lose… and so on.

      As for the dialogue – hmmm, well, lots of rather silly gaps there. Ryan always seems at a loss for words when a quick, short explanation could have saved a lot of confusion in a few situations but that at least was consistent. KB’s role however seemed to be short of lines in some places but it over-did it in others.

      Ah well, where would we be without movies to pick apart.

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      by andre_giao » Mon Dec 21 2009 06:54:11 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I think everyone here can’t distinguish the script from the actor. Kim Basinger had little to do with, some of her lines were cheesy. But she delivered a very natural performance (I think american audiences aren’t used to this, but you should check some european thrillers): she seemed disturbed and she was shaking like any other common woman in that same situation. In fact, they didn’t want a kick-ass actress type like Sigourney Weaver, but a vulnerable woman and that’s what she acomplished. You could almost feel her fear (she’s noted for doing that, KB surely knows how to be vulnerable). But I think you’re all watching too many super hero movies and would like to see her kicking the bad guys and flying from the attick.

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      by Smack_Down » Fri Jan 29 2010 12:33:15 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I know she was not top notch performance in this.
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      by blowfly13 » Sun Feb 21 2010 10:05:49 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      She sucked in 9 1/2 weeks also. She’s a bad actress, kind of along the lines of Farrah Fawcett. And her face always looks greasy. Yuk! No idea why she was ever considered anything in Hollywood. Even in L.A. Confidential she wasn’t anything great. Oscars don’t mean a thing – they seem to just be political. Who cares about Oscars anyway – just more of Hollywood kissing their own a**es.

      I’m not really hungry, but I would like to have reservations somewhere.

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      by ceebeegee » Fri Nov 25 2011 21:41:04 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Agreed, I thought she was fine, especially on the voiceover stuff (when he was listening to her on the phone as the kidnapper was interrogating her).
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      by RosieT20 » Mon Sep 24 2012 00:28:09 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Why do people so often try and justify liking Chris Evans? He’s a very good actor – great as CA, excellent (probably the best) in Sunshine, and he was great in this, one of his first dramatic roles I think? He was very believable and very likeable. I don’t know why people are always surprised when he does a good job.

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      by Jnbfwc » Sun Feb 10 2013 00:24:41 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I disagree, and felt that her performance was beautiful. Initially, I was uncertain, but as someone mentioned, I feel her performance was “understated” in a good way. It was natural. Horror, panic and fear all on her features and in her voice, but she did not act like a frantic child. She was trying to control herself, I could see, and it looked great.

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      by bahaak_246 » Tue Jul 2 2013 18:33:43 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      about 5 years later and history repeats itself 😀

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      by paz9 » Sun Sep 1 2013 20:08:12 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      So sad all of the hard-up mommies boys bashing a solid, sexy, well-established actress because secretly they know that anyone with her class, money and looks would not give them the time of day!
      As proof, I need only point out that she was nominated for a Saturn Award for best supporting actress for this very film … by a panel … of real critics … who don’t live in their mom’s basements.
      Jesus guys, get a life. Careerwise, she successfully transitioned from fashion model to movies culminating in an Academy Award. Excellent performance in 8 mile.
      To answer specifically many of the posts here, simply saying someone is “bad” or “overacting” is not enough — read real reviews once in a while. I would like to see the reaction of these posters to someone shooting dead their housekeeper, then kidnapping their entire family. I thought she did a great job of portraying terror, while tenaciously holding onto hope of redemption.

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      by complications123 » Thu Oct 3 2013 00:25:40 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Who is “they” and what is a “B type thriller”?

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      by Enigmatic-Ocean » Sat Dec 28 2013 18:18:52 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Almost six months later and it is repeating itself again.

      Memories, you’re talking about memories.

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      by spookyrat1 » Fri Oct 31 2014 05:25:04 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I wish I’d had a biology teacher like her at high school.🐭
      Couldn’t agree more
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      by SteveGreen » Tue Aug 4 2015 15:23:50 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Basinger had already displayed her acting credentials with an Oscar-winning performance in L.A. Confidential (1997). By the time she made Cellular (2004), she was into her fifties, and had already shifted into meatier roles less reliant upon her beauty queen looks (cf Bless the Child, 8 Mile). Personally, I thought all four principal actors acquitted themselves well in a fast-paced drama.

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      by PopperTheKungFu-Dragon » Fri Sep 4 2015 08:07:05 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      I thought the same thing. I really enjoyed the movie and Basinger was good in L.A. Confidential, but she really was awful here. As someone else mentioned, she sounded bored and not scared half the time.

      Very good. But brick not hit back!
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      by galaxyold11 » Wed Nov 4 2015 11:38:11 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      [..] and Basinger was good in L.A. Confidential
      ^^ LOL, yeah, just a little bit – seeing how she had won an Oscar: “Best Actress in a Supporting Role”, ya know! xD

      As someone else mentioned, she sounded bored and not scared half the time.
      … Thank goodness for that, btw., no over-the-top drama, excellent! =)

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      by Octavian1034 » Wed Jan 20 2016 07:55:50 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      How the hell did this get 6 stars!? This is perhaps the worst movie I ever watched half way through. How anyone watched this entire movie is beyond me.

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      by Sidewindr » Mon Feb 22 2016 03:52:32 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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      Very much like your viewing effort your opinion is incomplete and therefore you and it are invalid.

      It really annoys me when people try to offer opinions on movies without actually seeing the entire movie..
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      i thought she was fantastic


  13. EXCLUSIVE: Fifty Shades of PDA: Kim Basinger, who will star as Christian Grey’s ex-lover in movie sequel, gets it on with her hairdresser boyfriend as they go for his-and-hers pedicures

    Kim Basinger and her hairdresser boyfriend Mitch Stone smooched up a storm while on a ‘his and hers’ pampering session in Los Angeles

    Mitch was getting pretty handsy with his main squeeze

    The couple sat side-by-side for their 90-minute mani/pedicures, an eyewitness tells Daily Mail Online

    Kim was overheard expressed concerns about her wild child daughter – with Alec Baldwin – Ireland, who recently posed naked for a photo shoot

    She will star with Jamie Dornan as his former lover in Fifty Shades Darker, the upcoming sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey


  14. Mac McDonald Interview – Joker Goon Actor In Batman (1989)

    Paul: What about Kim then?

    There was this one day, I think it was in the first week, we’d been working all week so it was a Saturday and they called us in. I was in the dressing room early on my own and I heard all kinds of work going on. Hammers, saws and drills. My dresser, Dave Whiting (he was a dresser on the film but went on to be a costume designer), came in and I asked him what was going on with all the noise. He said, “Listen Mac, there’s been a bit of a kerfuffle this morning. Kim came in and apparently she had seen Jack’s dressing room. So now, they’re knocking the wall through between Kim’s dressing room and the one next door, and putting in an arch to make it all one big room which will make it 10ft bigger so it will be bigger than his [Jack’s]dressing room.”

    I just though “Ah man, it’s all true! Hollywood has arrived in England.” All this one-up-manship bullsh**. But it probably wasn’t even her [Kim]. She was probably on the phone with her agent and mentioned that Jack’s dressing room was a little larger than hers…then [jokingly] the agent told Kim to put the phone down and he rang the producers and said “What the f*ck is going on over there??” That’s how it works. So I wouldn’t put it on her shoulders because she was very nice and very friendly.

    Although, she wasn’t approachable – simply because she always had a retinue around her of her hair stylist and…she had her own costume designer.

    You’ll notice in the movie that everybody else’s costumes are designed by Bob Ringwood. Beautiful costumes. But on the day we first saw Kim, it was the day we were in the museum, she walks in and I said to Richard [Strange] “Isn’t that Kim Basinger? What’s she wearing?”. She looked like she had just stepped out of the window of C&A. She was dressed like something the Producer’s girlfriend’s assistant would wear. We didn’t know then, but we found out that she had to have her own costume designer. I think he made her look like a frump in most of the film. She should of stuck with Bob Ringwood I think.


    • I seriously don’t know what was wrong w/ Kim Basinger costumes/wardrobe in “Batman”. Granted, I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not a fashion expert by any means. And plus, women in the ’80s seemed to dress more bold or garishly, so it kind of came with the territory.

      I thought that Kim looked really lovely in her white, cream-puff gown when she first meets Michael Keaton/Bruce Wayne. And Kim looked extremely sexy in her black, long sleeve, tight mini-dress (with shoulder-pads!) in the scene where Bruce Wayne and later, the Joker and his goons visit Vicki Vale’s apartment.

      I’m guessing that Mac McDonald didn’t care too much about the three piece green outfit (which is kind of an iconic outfit when you really think about it now) that Kim wore in the museum scene:


  15. RIP to Kim’s “LA Confidential” and “8 Mile” director Curtis Hanson!

    I highly doubt that Kim will publicly “pay her respects” to the man who helped her land her Best Supporting Actress Oscar, since she likes to play it so evasively this days. Hell, when her old flame Prince suddenly died, Kim sent on of her assistants to make the pathetic statement that she couldn’t be reached for comment since she was too busy “working”.


    • Bummer on the passing of Curtis Hanson. Interestingly enough, I just viewed a short bio on Raymond Chandler, and from the noir/pulp element, I feel both tackled the subject similarly and also very well.


      • I just thought about this today, I wonder if Kim and her “comeback” to w/ “LA Confidential” and dramatic fall back down to earth could be considered the closest female equivalent to John Travolta? Let me explain, in the early ’90s both Kim Basinger and John Travolta had saw their once A-list careers seriously on the ropes.

        Kim, after peaking w/ the 1989 “Batman” movie soon saw her career in serious danger due to her ego problems (which I don’t feel that I need to once again elaborate on), financial issues, and a string of box office duds that really questioned her bankability as a leading lady. By the start of the ’90s, the best that John Travolta could do (after peaking w/ “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease” back in the late ’70s) was appear in a talking baby movie. But then out of nowhere, Travolta makes “Pulp Fiction” is suddenly a respectable, A-list star again in one fell swoop.

        Of course, both Kim and John couldn’t for whatever the reasons, keep the momentum going. Kim for whatever the reasons, doesn’t release another movie following her Oscar winning triumph for three years. And the movies that she finally appear in, immediately bomb and disappear without a trace. With John Travolta, well…”Battlefield Earth” is really all that I have to say! Both of them had a really lousy year 2000.

        Now, it seems like both Kim and John are more known for their messy personal lives than their movies/acting skills. Besides his continued ties to the Church of Scientology There was the unfortunate and rather shady passing of John and Kelly Preston’s son, Jett. And of course, there’s the going rumors and allegations regarding John’s true sexual preference(s). With Kim, we all know about her nasty divorce from Alec Baldwin and the just as (if not more) nasty custody battle over their daughter, which culminated with Alec’s “Rude, thoughtless little pig” tirade.


        • I think a comparison can be made, especially since both of them suffered flops in 2000, with Travolta’s famous mess of a film, and Basinger’s “I Dreamed of Africa”, projects both of them influenced and backed.


        • Regarding “I Dreamed of Africa”, I’ve once read the suggestion that it was a case of Kim Basinger, now that she had an Oscar, suddenly thinking that she was Meryl Streep (and Kim forgot that much of her fan-base was redblooded men) and subsequently picked really inappropriate projects for her post-“LA Confidential” career.


        • Apparently they were the minority, but I knew a few women who liked “I Dreamed of Africa”.


        • Several of the movies that Kim did post-“Batman” (e.g. “The Marrying Man”, “Cool World”, “The Getaway”, “I Dreamed of Africa”, etc.) seemed to be borderline vanity projects, since Kim apparently had a lot of sway (for better or worse) in the productions.


        • I only film of those mentioned that I even liked a little was “I Dreamed of Africa”, and I still don’t like it enough to strongly recommend it.


    • The late Curtis Hanson staged a murder scene for the ages in L.A. Confidential

      I hear you, but there’s a difference between adopting a style (say, noir) well (e.g. Miller’s Crossing) and aping it but not succeeding. I think L.A. Confidential is far more the latter.

      Basinger’s performance really exemplifies it: She’s acting like someone who’s seen noir but her performance has none of the wit or gravity that you’d get from, say, a Judy Davis. Just like Josh Hartnett — who’s been quite good in other stuff — is no good when he’s saddled in a miscast role in Black Dahlia. She hasn’t got it and he hasn’t got it (or, at least, hasn’t displayed it), and just because I should recognize the genre trope doesn’t mean that I should just automatically give them a pass.

      I don’t think a signifier means our automatic reaction should be “Luxuriate in this”; often, it painfully breaks suspension of disbelief and the whole thing crumbles. And what I was saying about L.A. Confidential is that it smells strongly of “we’re putting on a noir!” so much so that there was no taking it seriously on its own terms, since it was a boy playing dress up and not much more.


    • Quite frankly, I sometimes wonder to be rather blunt, if Kim Basinger truly cares about anybody. This is probably unfair because we all have different ways of dealing w/ grief, but that fact that Kim hasn’t openly responded to the passings of Prince and Curtis Hanson especially, just flat out makes her seem a bit insensitive and inattentive.

      I unfollowed Kim on Twitter because I was quite frankly, getting sick of always reading depressing info about animals in harm’s way. She just seems like a sad, miserable, closed off, bitter old lady who can’t let certain things (like what Alec Baldwin may or may not have done to her) go.

      It’s very apparent to me, that one of the big reasons why Kim Basigner’s career suffered is because she has an ego/self-centeredness as big as her hair (her little “look at me” outburst at the 1990 Oscars is pretty much a microcosm of this) besides not coming off as easily relatable/personable.


      • Kim never said anything about the drowning of Natalie Wood who was supposedly her friend! I don’t think she even went to the funeral.


        • Kim quite frankly, doesn’t seem to care much about her daughter either. Not that Alec Baldwin is blameless as I wouldn’t be too surprised that he was verbally abusive towards his daughter (as well as Ireland’s mother, right in front of her) beyond the “rude little pig incident”. It seems like Kim just lets Ireland do her own thing w/o any real boundaries. Kim did recently say in an interview that as a means of “making up” or apologizing to her daughter for putting her through that nasty divorce w/ Alec was to allow Ireland to “write on walls”.

          Essentially, Kim was wanted to make things up by becoming a spineless, ineffectual, inattentive “parent” or “the cool mom”. It’s as if, Kim turns the other way to her daughter’s obvious cries for help/embarrassing and trashy attempts and exhibitionism and essentially lives in denial.


        • Catherine Denevue had this to say about Brigitte Bardot and I think that this really also holds true about Kim Basinger:

          [on Brigitte Bardot] I saw extracts of her book: they were the most horrible things you can possibly read. Imagine writing that you wanted to get rid of your baby son, as she did. Not being a good mother is her problem, but making it public like that… It could have been a very human piece of writing, but in her case it was just harsh and inhuman. I know her a little and she’s a strange human being. She’s very childish. She loves animals, because loving animals is very easy, but emotionally, I think she has a big problem. She’s like someone who never grew up. I don’t consider myself to be a grown-up person but I’m more interested in people than in animals. And I think that if you are involved as much as she is with animals, then there is something strange about your dealings with the human race. She’s like a sauce which has curdled. There is nothing you can do. There is no hope.’


        • I don’t want to fault Kim too much for wanting/needing her privacy, but she needs to keep in mind that fans can and will make and break who you are or how you’re publicly perceived. Kim’s whole comments about “social media taking out all of the mystery” and what not, just if you ask me, makes her sound extremely arrogant and self-serving.

          Kim seems to not entirely be in tune or understand millennials and therefore, has to paint a very broad perception of that type of generation,. That is that they’re unmotivated (with her comments about selfies “scaring her”), non-goal oriented, and vain. She in particular or in general, seems to always see the remotely negative first and foremost.


        • Here’s Kim (around the time that “LA Confidential” came out) pretty much slut shaming Paula Jones, who accused then President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment:

          Q: What’s your take on the Paula Jones vs. Clinton case?

          A: I don’t know the specifics and don’t want to know them. I wonder why one would want to come forth with any of this. Everybody has skeletons in his closet. Why wouldn’t she have spoken up sooner rather than later? Why didn’t she announce it the next day? Coming now out of the woodwork for what? Money? Five minutes of fame? I don’t know this woman or what she went through and I don’t care! OK?

          Q: Have you met Clinton?

          A: Yes. He’s very attractive. But I’ve never been in awe of many people. And I live with a politician in my house. I think Clinton’s cool. He seems like a regular person to me. I’d love to sit down and just talk to him.

          Ms. Basinger then shouldn’t be complaining (if she doesn’t care to show empathy for an allegedly sexually harassed/assaulted woman) to anybody who would care to listen about how Alec Baldwin allegedly mistreated her during their marriage!


        • It seems like because Kim doesn’t like to talk to or court the media and celebrity within itself (and therefore as a direct result live in relative obscurity), it’s extremely obvious that contributed to the perception that she basically disappeared from public life. That’s why whenever Kim pops up in a new movie (or at least, the ones that got a wide-release regardless of how actually important or big Kim’s role in said movies are) from time the time, it’s easy to make you want to say to her, “Where the hell have you been all of this time”.

          Unfortunately, whenever Kim does talk to the media the primary focus seems to more than often be either about Alec Baldwin or daughter. Therefore, it for better or worse, makes it easier for that particular stigma from her past life, to reinforce the public’s main perspective of her. Not to sound insensitive myself, but Kim Basinger isn’t the only famous person to get divorced and to allegedly be subjugated to an abusive relationship.

          I don’t understand why it was so difficult of Kim to release a statement regarding the recent passings of Prince and Curtis Hanson. I thought that Hanson was her friend, so I was extremely bewildered to not see anything said from her in reaction to his death. The last time that I say or heard from Kim directly was seeing her on TV being interviewed at the premiere for “The Nice Guys”


        • Speaking of which:

          It was while making this movie that Kim Basinger learned that her friend Natalie Wood had drowned


      • See what I mean:


      • Basinger and Pearce delight a sold-out audience at anniversary screening of ‘L.A. Confidential’

        May 10, 2017 by Film Noir Blonde

        Kim Basinger’s initial answer to playing the voluptuous call girl Lynn Bracken in “L.A. Confidential” was a resounding “no.”

        “I’m not going to play a whore! I’m a Mom now,” she recalled saying. (Basinger gave birth to daughter Ireland Baldwin in October of 1995.)

        Basinger was speaking at Tuesday night’s screening of the movie, marking its 20th anniversary, held at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. Co-star Guy Pearce (squeaky clean Det. Ed Exley) joined her for the Q&A, which was moderated by critic Stephen Farber.

        But the film’s director Curtis Hanson was determined and invited Basinger to meet him at the Formosa Café to discuss the idea. (The famous bar/restaurant would later feature in the film – it’s there that Kevin Spacey as cop Jack Vincennes gives his perfectly timed line: “It is Lana Turner.”)

        At the Formosa, Basinger said she experienced “the seduction of Curtis Hanson,” referring to his eloquence and deadpanning that he was “very manipulative.”

        Hanson’s persistence paid off: Basinger won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal. “He believed in me much more than I believed in myself,” she said. “He had a magical connection with actors and with people in general.”

        (Hanson and Basinger worked together again in 2002’s “8 Mile,” with Hanson remarking, while she was deciding whether to take the part, “I know if she fears it, she’s going to do it.” Sadly, Hanson died on Sept. 20, 2016.)

        Fans wait in line late Tuesday afternoon at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

        Playing Ed Exley was a much easier choice for Pearce, who was unknown in America at that time, though he remembered being a little overwhelmed by the plot’s twists and turns. “I read the script and I was really confused,” he laughed.

        (Hanson and Brian Helgeland earned an Oscar for their screenplay adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel.)

        Once Pearce heard that fellow Aussie Russell Crowe had been cast as muscle-bound cop Bud White, he was eager to be a part of the production, adding that he went through extensive screen tests at Warner Bros. before it was a done deal.

        “L.A. Confidential” turned out to be Pearce’s break-through role. As he put it: “It’s the greatest film I’ve ever been a part of. It sticks with me like nothing else.”
        (Pearce went on to make many more films, including “Memento” in 2000, “The Hurt Locker” in 2008, and “Iron Man 3” in 2013.)

        Basinger said director Curtis Hanson was a calming influence.

        Pearce and Basinger both credit Hanson with being a calming presence and encouraging them to bring stillness to the screen. A true cinephile who had the cast watch a “film noir retrospective” to get in an old-school mood, Hanson pushed back when he was nudged by execs to speed up the production, telling them: “You can hurry me along all you want but I’m not going to go any faster.”

        Veronica Lake was famous for her hair. Basinger was as well – as a Breck Shampoo girl. In the film, Basinger plays a call girl who is Lake’s doppelgänger.

        Hanson’s treatment of his actors was often gentle but also spare. Basinger remembered being rattled after doing a scene repeatedly, noting that she had trouble walking gracefully in long gowns and clunky 1940s shoes, à la Veronica Lake.
        She asked Hanson for help. His answer: “Do it again.”

        “He was utterly inspiring, really,” said Pearce. “He was a mentor, a father figure and we stayed close friends.”

        Pearce also shared Crowe’s advice before a close-up. He told Pearce: “Don’t blink.”
        Basinger took the opportunity on Tuesday night to thank Pearce and Crowe for their support in her Oscar win, explaining that she’d been too flustered to do so at the time.

        With “Titanic” sweeping the awards that year, she was sure the trophy would go to Gloria Stuart. “When you hear your name, you freeze! You lose your hands. You lose your feet. You can’t think. I just sat there until Curtis, who was sitting behind me, nudged me. Jack Nicholson had to help me to the stage.”

        At 63, and still every inch a beautiful blonde, Basinger looked sleek and slim in a black blazer and blouse, cuffed jeans, white socks and black Oxfords.

        When an audience member asked if they had considered making Lynn a brunette for the film’s final scene (in which she leaves Los Angeles, with Bud, for Arizona), Basinger paused a moment, then replied: “I don’t think there was any thought of that,” she said. “I think she was really happy being a blonde.”


    • Kim in general seems to be very incapable of showing empathy yet, wants us to care about her own personal problems and issues. She seemingly cares more about animals (to an extreme degree) than she does her fellow man or woman it seems. She even took the time to write a letter to a 17 year old girl in regards to an abused elephant:


  16. Deanna Smith-Fagin

    I met and tired to interview Kim Basinger when she was in “Hard Country,” one of her early films. She wad married to a fellow in Atlanta but having an affair with Jan Michael Vincent. Both she and Vincent were so drunk they could barely speak. Kim did not look glamorous when I met her. She looked pale and anorexic, basically straight up and down with very thin arms, and a black alley down the middle of her blond hair. A number of years later,I sat near her and her girlfriend, who was even more anorexic than Kim, at Jerry’s Deli, and I could hear her talking about Alec Baldwin and saying he is not going to get away with his antics, etc., etc., etc.


    • From what I understand, Jan-Michael Vincent is a Hall of Fame booze cruiser to the point in which it has permanently affected his motor skills. Beyond that, I’ve never really heard people say too many good things about him (I always thought he sounded like a tool), even those who are fans of the TV series “Airwolf”.


      • Had say, the What the Hell Happened to… series been around maybe 20 years earlier, then Jan-Michael Vincent would’ve easily been on the list. I can’t think of any bigger Hollywood collapse in the ’80s for a male actor than him. During his prime, JMV was seen as this handsome All American looking guy who once had it all: looks, women, nice income (I think that he was the highest paid actor on television when he was doing “Airwolf”) and his alcoholism ruined his career.


        • I’ll give him credit though, he’s still alive at age 72. I have a Sports Illustrated from the previous decade in which the 1978 film “Big Wednesday” is covered in a “Where Are They Now?” issue, and Gary Busey pointed out in the piece that Jan-Michael Vincent was the king of the party during the shooting of that film. If you can out-party Gary Busey, then you the man.


        • Jan-Michael Vincent was perhaps, the Charlie Sheen of his day. In that he pretty much destroyed his career and reputation (despite for a brief time, being a highly paid TV star) through drugs. alcohol, and whatever sort of debauchery. And now both Vincent and Sheen are paying the ultimate price, w/ Vincent know missing a leg and Sheen having the AIDS virus.


        • I see some parallels there, though Sheen was a bigger star & came out of things better.


    • Thanks for sharing your personal experience.


    • I’ve addressed this sometime earlier but to reiterate it, Kim’s first husband, Ron Britton wrote a book (around the time that she on her Oscar) detailing their relationship called “Kim Basinger: Longer Than Forever”. In it, Ron basically says that when Kim was away shooting “No Mercy”, she cheated on him w/ Richard Gere.

      I wonder if Kim when you saw her at the deli was insulating that Alec Baldwin was unfaithful himself, in sort of a “pot calling the kettle black” scenario when you get right down to it.


      • Have you read the book Terrence? There are only 7 reviews on amazon. Apparently it didn’t reach a wide readership.


        • I haven’t had a chance to read the entire book by Kim’s first husband, which I think came out roughly around the same time of Kim’s brief career resurgence thanks to “LA Confidential”. I’m sure that through Google, you can gradually put together the pieces regarding the more key details. I was none the less hoping that if LeBeau ever updates this article (she’s going to be in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel this coming February so that would be a most opportune time to do it).


        • The article could use an overhaul, not just an update. She was never on Starsky & Hutch.


        • It’s on my list of things to do. It’s just been a relatively low priority since this isn’t one of the more popular articles in the series. When I update it next, it will be very close to a rewrite.


        • Going back to the subject of Kim Basinger’s WTHHT article needing an update/overhaul in the foreseeable future, one thing that I noticed is that there really isn’t a final summarization of “WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED to Kim Basinger’s career”? In other words, how the hell did Kim Basinger go from starring as playing a Bond Girl alongside Sean Connery, becoming Vicki Vale in the biggest movie of 1989 (and along w/ the 1978 Superman movie, one of the godfathers of the superhero movie genre), being a Best Supporting Actress Oscar winning, making for the world’s most beautiful corpse in a Tom Petty video, and being arguably, the heir apparent to Marilyn Monroe to as LeBeau put it, “most recently playing Zac Efron’s mom”?

          I guess if it were up to me, finally asking “What the hell happened…” would be a combination of Kelly LeBrock’s fate (just swipe out Steven Seagal for Alec Baldwin) and Sharon Stone’s fate (i.e. being defined as a sex symbol and never really being able to shake it as well as also having a bit of a reputation or perception of being eccentric/flaky),


        • On a side note, I remember when the war in Iraq was brewing and Kim Basinger lent her name to this petition of celebrities urging the then president, George W. Bush to not go to war:

          I’m not necessarily saying that I immediately disagree with Kim’s point of view, but it reminded me of an unironic variation of the Film Actors’ Guild from “Team America: World Police”.


      • Gossip: Richard Gere and Kim Basinger


        SCREEN goddess Kim Basinger and actor Richard Gere enjoyed a sexy romp in his limousine in a restaurant car park – while her distraught husband spied on them. In a book to be published next month, Basinger’s former husband, Ron Britton, says the sex-hungry LA Confidential star spent alternate nights with him and Gere after he confronted her about the affair.

        In a preview of Kim Basinger: Longer than Forever, The News of the World newspaper claims to have copies of steamy love letters penned by Gere, and saucy photos of Basinger supplied by Britton.

        In one letter, Gere tells Basinger: “How much I wish to make love to you with no withholding.”

        The letters show that a besotted Gere seduced Basinger behind her husband’s back and then pleaded for more. He poured out his heart in the handwritten letters, quoting musician Eric Clapton: “Why has love got to be soooo sad? . . . I miss you very much . . . I wish I could please you tonight.”

        When a shocked Britton discovered the affair, he tracked the cheating superstars to a restaurant and watched them “making out” in the parking lot in Gere’s limo.

        Basinger had tried to hide Gere’s letters in a secret drawer but Britton discovered them while searching for evidence to back up his suspicions.
        Britton writes about Basinger’s sexual appetites and passions.

        “She was always ready for sex. I introduced her to cocaine and (after she took it) she’d be charged up sexually. Then we’d park in different places and have sex. Sometimes we’d be full-blown nude in the car. People walked by . . .”

        Britton, a make-up man who met Basinger on a film set, said she was especially passionate after acting out sexy scenes with actors like Sean Connery (she was a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again) and Jan-Michael Vincent (Hard Country).

        Britton was born Snyder but Basinger asked him to change his name to “something with a B” because it went with a set of expensive luggage she had.

        Then she was chosen to star opposite Gere in No Mercy, her first million-dollar contract. Gere was already famous from An Officer and a Gentleman.
        “She hated Richard Gere from the start,” writes Britton. “We had sex every afternoon . . . she was so tightly wound up (from working with Gere) that she had to find a way to relieve the tension.”

        Britton came to agree with Basinger that Gere was “an idiot”. For example, he would take a waitress to task for pronouncing the name of a wine, Montrachet, incorrectly.

        “Then,” writes Britton, “Kim changed her attitude towards Richard. All of a sudden, it seemed that every other night she’d have to work late with him.

        “I thought about what she’d told me in our early days together, about ‘trying out’ her leading men. ‘After all, I can always lay the actors,’ she had told me.”

        When he confronted her about the affair, she said: “No, it’s not like that, don’t leave. Please stay here.

        “So I stayed until the end of the movie. And when we were together we still had great sex,” he writes.

        However, at the end of April 1986 he found the first letter from Gere in their postbox. “My heart fell. I gave it to her but she didn’t say a word.
        “After that letter arrived, Richard phoned her at home a couple of times. I don’t know what they said. I couldn’t bear to be in the room while she talked to him.”

        Britton, however, had some sympathy for Gere: “I never liked Richard from the moment I met him, and I never will, but I understand the pain he was suffering. After Kim and I split, I heard she went back to Richard.”

        But the relationship didn’t last. Gere started seeing supermodel Cindy Crawford in 1989, a year before one of his biggest hits, Pretty Woman, with Julia Roberts.

        Gere and Crawford married in 1991, but were divorced in 1996. And in an interview that same year, Gere said of Basinger: “She’s probably the most beautiful woman ever put on the planet and she’s so talented. If she didn’t look like that, people would notice the work more.”

        Britton writes: “Kim truly was the most pretty woman in Richard’s mind but she showed no mercy to his heart.”


        • Most guys would not stay with a woman who cheated on them, even if it was just once. This husband must have been so grateful that he was married to a sex goddess. (He was almost 15 years older than Kim, had a drug problem, a gambling problem, and didn’t work.) But he sure was into her

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        • Yeah, I’m not for the whole cheating thing personally, especially if it’s habitual, for either partner really, as there’s just too much collateral damage. I really respect those who stay in committed relationships or are above board with being unattached yet available, but it’s tough for me to agree with those in the middle. I don’t think womanizers or manizers (not a word…yet).
          I just wonder if Ron Snyder & Kim Basinger eventually came to some arrangement, but if she was feeding him one story (“Oh, we’re just friends”, “It’s just for a part”) but acting in an altogether different way, well, then that kinda stinks.


    • I never thought or heard about the notion of Kim Basinger possibly having an eating disorder, but she thus really skinny (on the unhealthy side) in these photos from the premiere of her movie “While She Was Out”:



      The following may or may not be true, and is based on hearsay, rumor, and gossip–most of it from relatively reliable sources, some from more dubious ones, and some based on my own suppositions. I have tried to make this list as accurate as possible, but in some/many cases I wasn’t able to verify rumors. I have not put anything here that I know to be untrue.

      Baldwin, Alec. The bloviator. Arrogant SOB. Punches out photographers. Acts like spoiled infant on-set. Left Janine Turner almost literally at the altar. Drug problem. Linked with Kim Basinger (failed marriage; among other things, he hit her), Kristin Davis, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Tatum O’Neal.

      Basinger, Kim. “Has more neuroses than an inbred poodle.” Acts like a spoiled infant on- and off-set. Jerk. Recovering cocaine and alcohol addict. Linked with Alec Baldwin (failed marriage), Jeff Bridges, Sean Connery, Eminem, Richard Gere, Michael Keaton, Prince, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, and Mickey Rourke.


    • I would imagine that Kim Basinger is in general a very difficult person to interview because she’s so introverted and a tad bit ditsy sounding at times.



      SantaFeJack2, Racine Wisconsin, United States, 1 month ago
      Many years ago, Kim made one of her very few appearances on a late night talk show. I remember it clearly because she was unbelievably neurotic! She spent her entire time talking about her OCD and all of the things she was afraid of. I still shake my head over her behavior and her confessions. The irony was that she was practically asking the host to feel sorry for her because of her neuroses. Her performance was incredibly off-putting! You would definitely not want to trade places with her!

      Bluehair, Mile High, Barbados, 1 month ago
      HW attracts crazies. AB and KB are super high strung people, but my question is, why drag all this out now? AB is a human lightning bolt, and not in a good way.

      IsabellaNoelle, Santa Monica, United States, 1 month ago
      Had she not had a very well documented history of metal illness I would gather to say that he drove her over the proverbial cliff. She deserves several accolades 4 every day she spent with that ridiculous human being.

      Eibhlhin Kapono, Cosimia, Guernsey, 1 month ago
      I never understood what Kim Basinger saw in him. She was too good for him and seems like a nice lady. Nobody ever says anything good about him. Hilaria is an idiot popping out kid after kid he probably treats her like crap too.

      Clarissa CL, Sydney, Australia, 1 month ago
      Whatever happened to Kim Basinger? Marriage to Alec Baldwin really messed her up she disappeared. Not that she was much of an actress, but she was a nicer person than Alec.

      AtlantaRN, Atlanta GA, United States, 1 month ago
      She developed a disorder, fearing to leave her house, I remember reading something about that years ago. She was a wreck off camera.

      jimjagg, us, United States, 1 month ago
      Kim Basinger had mental problems. there was a period of time she was scared of going out, she was hiding in home all day everyday, she was paranoid. Most actors and actresses have some sort mental problems.

      thumbelinas, Whitemansghetto, United States, 1 month ago
      That’s because he was abusing her!

      helly, bath, United Kingdom, 1 month ago
      Abused women lose their confidence and these are classic symptoms.

      Sexy_Redhead, Bellevue WA, United States, 1 month ago
      The verbal attack he made against his daughter was the only one that made it public I can only imagine what kind of an a- hole this guy is in private. I’m sure he’s said and done a lot worse. He drove Kim to the point of a nervous breakdown many years ago, not sure she ever really received from all the abuse he inflicted on her.

      Morrisfactor, Seattle, 1 month ago
      Basinger quite possibly has Borderline Personality Disorder but most certainly practiced Parental Alienation, not that Alec was a saint either.

      Nux, Fury Road, United States, 1 month ago
      Funny that he said Kim was all about herself, but then he blames Kim for the dissolution of the marriage, saying she put all the focus on their baby. That does not sound like a selfish person! Sorry she was busy wiping your baby’s butt and not yours. Pathetic.

      Claire Elisabeth, Inveraray, United Kingdom, 1 month ago
      I don’t trust what Alec says about anything. Kim said in an interview, ‘when I was young, I liked the bad boys….not anymore now that I’m older.’ That’s believable to me. He has always had an outrageous, over the top, anger problem. I also think it’s shameful to speak about your past relationships. Zero class.


  17. Deanna Smith-Fagin

    I truly don’t know if Kim had/or has an eating disorder. I do know she had some emotional problems that effected her work. Too, if the people look “skinny” in photos or on TV, they are much “skinnier” in real life. The camera adds weight.


    • Kim Basinger in general seems to have self-esteem issues. I mean why else would she hook up w/ people like Jan-Michael Vincent and later on, Alec Baldwin. And when Kim was w/ Prince, there are rumors that Prince had to call up Kim’s brother to convince her to finally live his place at Paisley Park. She’s either too emotionally clingy, hooks up w/ men who have very violate temperaments, or is too self-consciousness of of her looks/the way that she appears on screen.

      I do think that Kim’s marriage to Alec Baldwin (Kim nor Alec didn’t seem to really understand or rationalize when they did “The Getaway” that most people don’t want to see a real life couple like them have sex on screen together, because it’s too voyeuristic and downright off-putting) and the fall-out from that did irreparable harm to her career.

      The incident involving Alec and the voicemail to their daughter made Kim look just as bad if not worse, because she pretty much used Ireland as a pawn. It’s little surprise that Ireland has so many problems/is desperate for attention know given whom her parents are. It isn’t fair because Alec seems to be a real life “karma Houdini” (i.e. he ever seems to have to truly face the consequences of his frequent angry outbursts). Kim in general, seems to be a women who is prone to hold grudges for long periods of time or not be fully able to own up to her own misgivings.

      I know that Kim has in the past, been open about her apparent bouts w/ agoraphobia/anxiety. But regardless, Kim Basinger seems like a extremely enigmatic and sometimes, contradictory figure. There are cases where I’ve read that Kim is very friendly and nice (albeit not too outgoing) to work with. But there are other cases, where she’s has to be an extremely stand-offish, high-maintenance diva.


      • I’m also guessing that Kim was in part, so attracted to Alec Baldwin because he likely fit her ideal of the “supreme alpha male”. Baldwin during his youthful prime (i.e. when he did “Knots Landing”, “Beetlejuice”, and “The Hunt for Red October”) was like her “9 & a Half Weeks” co-star Mickey Rourke, quite ruggedly handsome, had I suppose, a dark and mysterious, pseudo intellectual vibe, and seemingly wasn’t willing to back down from anybody.

        Kim recently in an interview, admitted that she had a thing for “bad boys” so maybe in the case for somebody like Alec Baldwin, she loved and excited by the element of danger (at least initially) and thrill. Also, maybe deep down inside, Kim was intrigued by the notion or fantasy of having a chance to “reform” and enlighten said bad boys (a la “Beauty and the Beast”). Kim probably also felt that Alec was “misunderstood” like herself so there was kind of a kinship.

        It’s just that when Kim and Alec had their daughter, they for better or worse, in essence, became forever “stuck”. That’s why in some part, when the subject of their nasty custody battle comes up and Kim was allegedly blocking/making it hard for Alec to get in touch w/ Ireland (hence the “Rude, thoughtless little pig!” voice mail), I want to tell to Kim that she made her bed and now she has to sleep in it. Even if Alec wasn’t the best husband to her, you still decided to have a kid w/ him and therefore, there’s no turning back. My point is that Kim seemed to hate her ex-husband (not that it isn’t justified, because I don’t doubt that Alec mistreated Kim during their marriage) far more than truly care for her daughter’s well-being and sanity.


        • She was allegedly having an affair with a fitness trainer in his 20s when Baldwin asked her out. And later there were rumors she had a fling with Eminem.

          I finally took a look Ron Britton’s book. He says, Kim told him, he was her 12th sexual partner.


        • Why Has Eminem Only Been In 1 Relationship?

          He f***ed around with Brittany Murphy and Kim Basinger while filming 8 Mile.


          reply 15 20 hours ago


        • She was allegedly having an affair with a fitness trainer in his 20s when Baldwin asked her out. And later there were rumors she had a fling with Eminem.

          Romantically linked with Bill Mathis, Joe Namath, Dale Robinette (long-term relationship), Richard Gere (extramarital affair), Jon Peters, Prince, and personal fitness trainer Phil Walsh.

          Reports of a fling with Eminem were denied by the rapper in an April 2002 interview with British newspaper The Guardian.


        • Alec Baldwin’s new memoir “Nevertheless” mentions Kim dating a producer named Peter Guber. The book is not written well and gets a lot of simple details wrong. I seriously think Baldwin has this guy mixed up with Jon Peters. Guber was a producer on Batman but according to IMDb and Wiki he’s been married to the same woman since 1965, and there is nothing on the internet mentioning him in connection with Kim. Quite an error Alec! This was obviously not put out to enlighten readers, but to make a quick buck. Baldwin takes any project he’s offered (remember that talk show he had for 2 seconds?)


    • I don’t knew when exactly this photo was taken, but here’s another shot of Kim Basinger looking rather skinny and frail:


    • I asked a while back if Kim is on the autism spectrum (which would explain her rather anti-social/socially awkward demeanor), but I’m pretty confident at the very least, that she suffers from avoidant personality disorder:

      Hypersensitivity to rejection/criticism

      Self-imposed social isolation

      Extreme shyness or anxiety in social situations, though the person feels a strong desire for close relationships

      Avoids physical contact because it has been associated with an unpleasant or painful stimulus

      Feelings of inadequacy

      Drastically-reduced or absent self-esteem

      Self-loathing, autophobia or self-harm

      Mistrust of others or oneself; exhibits heightened self-doubt

      Emotional distancing related to intimacy

      Highly self-conscious

      Self-critical about their problems relating to others

      Problems in occupational functioning

      Lonely self-perception, although others may find the relationship with them meaningful

      Feeling inferior to others

      In some extreme cases, agoraphobia

      Uses fantasy as a form of escapism to interrupt painful thoughts


    • Alec Baldwin threatens his 11 year old daughter. Transcript

      You made me feel like s*** and you’ve made me feel like a fool over and over and over again. And this crap you pull on me with this goddamn phone situation that you would never dream of doing to your mother and you do it to me constantly and over and over again. I am going to get on a plane and I am going to straighten your ass out when I see you.

      Do you understand me? I am going to really make sure you get it. That I’m going to get on a plane and I’m gonna turn around and come home. So you better be ready Friday the 20th to meet with me. So I’m going to let you know how I feel, about what a rude little pig you really are. You are a rude thoughtless little pig. Okay?


    • Blind Items Revealed #6

      August 14, 2016

      This wannabe model is a celebrity offspring of two people who were A listers at the time of her birth. Now, only one is. Anyway, she was at a party yesterday and couldn’t hold it together. She can barely go an hour without drugs. She was shaking and trembling before leaving for a few minutes. When she came back, she was all better but completely out of it.

      Ireland Baldwin

      February 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm
      Kim (her mom) has SERIOUS mental issues, so much so I believe they are the reason she really does not work much anymore (I do believe it has been noted on this site before as well).
      Apple does not fall far from the tree.
      And Alec is just a prick so I am sure that does not help.



        RobR, Sydney, 33 minutes ago
        You’re obsessed. He was in the middle of a bitter divorce where his ex was playing games and encouraging their daughter. He’d fly across the USA on weekends to see his daughter and Kim would send her away to stay with friends. Should he have said what he did? No but then his ex shouldn’t have leaked it to the press. She also has no moral compass.


      • i think that people are immediately hard on Ireland Baldwin (even without the knowledge of her parents’ domestic problems and the infamous “rude little pig” voicemail) because they understandably expect her to be Kim 2.0. Ireland vaguely in some angles looks like Kim but to be brutally frank, she mostly looks like her dad Alec (unlike say Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber or Christie Brinkley’s youngest daughter, Sailor Cook, who literally looks like they could be their gorgeous mothers’ doppelgangers). Bruce Willis’ daughters with Demi Moore suffer the same problem.

        You couple that with her imposing height (the thing about being a really tall woman, is that you perhaps have to be really thin to not come across as “too masculine”), garish tattoos (which pretty much ruined her chance at being taken seriously as a model), and her rather monotonous way of speaking, and it’s quite easy for trolls to write her off as being a “Baldwin brother in drag”. It also doesn’t help that Ireland doesn’t seem to conduct herself in public as a demure, elegant lady like her mom.


    • Ireland Baldwin: Troubled Starlet Falls Off The Wagon

      Daughter of Alec admits she’s back to boozing after flashing photographers!

      By J.R. Taylor
      Mar 16, 2017 @ 11:49AM

      Ireland Baldwin has a good explanation for why she was exposing her breasts and more for photographers outside a high-class fashion party — she was drunk!

      The troubled starlet’s startling admission came after The National ENQUIRER published the uncensored photos of the nip-slip outside a Los Angeles restaurant.

      “I looked pretty decent before everyone kept bringing me drinks and making me sing David Bowie songs,” said the troubled daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger — who made headlines before after ending up in rehab!

      RadarOnline had the scoop when Ireland checked herself into the SOBA Recover Center in 2015 — saying that she needed “intensive therapy” to “recover” from her excessive lifestyle.

      The bisexual beauty seems really comfortable with that lifestyle now, though — and her famous parents have new reason to worry, since their wild child has been hitting clubs regularly since turning 21 in Oct. 2016!


    • Alec Baldwin Wishes People Would Stop Reminding Him Of That Voicemail

      Ireland is one of the few celebrity spawn I actually feel genuinely sorry for.

      She was used as a pawn in her parent’s divorce battle. Kim is every bit as bad as Alec for making that recording public and ensuring her daughter was known around the world as a ‘rude, thoughtless little pig’. Her daughter’s humiliation came second to getting back at her ex, and neither one of them has ever put her ahead of their own interests.

      She’s a pretty enough girl, but when your mother is a famous beauty and you more closely resemble your father you’re never going to feel good enough, and she gets criticized for not being Kim 2.0. I haven’t seen her in anything but photos and the occasional interview snippet, so I have no idea if she has any talent, but she’ll always be compared to her father who, for all his personal faults, is a terrific actor.

      She’s got a much younger, attention seeking step-mother who’s determined to secure her checks for many years to come with a kid for every season (and who spends her father’s 30 Rock money on non-stop designer yoga pants). When you’re a young woman trying to work through your relationship with your parents, in particular your father, it must hurt to hear him gush about his new family. Given his career isn’t what is was during her youth and he’s older, he probably spends more time with them than he ever did with her too.

      Usually damaged celebrity children who struggle with reality when they’ve never heard no get an eye roll from me, but I truly think Ireland got a raw deal.



        I don’t agree. You don’t use your 11 year old daughter as a shield because you want to stop being your ex’s favorite target.

        People would have been equally outraged if they’d heard him speaking to Kim in such a manner – look at how disgusted people were at the recordings of Mel and Oksana, and Kim was certainly held in far higher regard publicly than Oksana has ever been.

        Leaking that call was a way to ‘win’ in the eyes of the public by showing Alec at his worst. He should never have spoken to his daughter like that, but Kim should never have released it and exposed her daughter to that humiliation. Think about how embarrassing it is when you’re insulted in front of just one other person – Ireland was embarrassed and her friends, her family, the media, and total strangers all got to hear it. The poor girl was 11, and badly failed by both of her parents.


        • Ireland Baldwin Jokes About Dad Alec Baldwin’s ‘Thoughtless Little Pig’ Comment – Again!

          Ireland Baldwin joked about father Alec Baldwin calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig” in a leaked 2007 voicemail, at a roast of him last night.


        • I really wonder if the internet or social media would’ve been more prevalent back when Kim and Alec were together, we would be more “in tune” to the allegedly nasty way that Alec was treating her. Supposedly, Alec got his lawyers to scrub photos from the internet of him being really verbally abusive towards Kim (who had her head down) while in I believe the Hamptons, and that was one of the final straws for Kim in their relationship.

          All that we really have is her-say that Alec was even physically abusive towards Kim. Apparently, “domestic violence” is on the divorce papers that Kim filed. But because Kim is so secretive and vague about her personal life (I doubt that Kim will ever right a “tell all book” like her two ex-husband did), we’ll never fully hear her side of the story. All that we have are hints that she dropped like Kim saying that after passing on “Sleeping with the Enemy” (which later went to Julia Roberts) she started living the movie for real once she married Alec.

          With that being said, Kim and Alec for that matter shouldn’t have played their personal BS with each other so out in the public (and dragged their kid into it). And Kim quite frankly is a coward for going into hiding instead of being more constructive and/or selfless with her turmoil if you want to call it that.


  18. Here’s a rather “unique” response that I got when I went around inquiring about Kim Basinger’s decidedly eccentric tendencies:

    Threads like these will continue as long as people remain badly educated about the nature of being a movie star or even the nature of being ANY actor. When the ‘public’ assumes / perceives either an insurmountable gulf OR a kinship between the physical or emotional nature of themselves and a star, they invent strengths or weaknesses in that star that that star has never explicitly professed to have or want.

    You do not have the right to call someone so clearly far removed from your own life and CV a ‘nut-bag’.
    I say ‘clearly’ because no actor would say that about someone in the same line of work. They do not do the same mundane routine as you might. However some aspects of their job can still be relatively mundane to them. So when the world acts crazily about the latest star without them even having to do anything, whilst claiming to have forgotten stars of a mere 20 years ago, is it any wonder that some aspects of celebrities lives sometimes seem richer and quirkier than the vast majority who never sought, let alone achieved, limelight?


  19. Since tomorrow is Ms. Basinger’s birthday, here’s a new photo of her from that “Fifty Shades of Crap” movie that she’s slumming herself for a quick paycheck to do:


  20. Since it’s almost Christmas time, how about we revisit one of Kim Basinger’s more shameful projects, “While She Was Out”:


    • Kim Basinger in recent years seemingly wants to carve some niche for herself in making glorified Lifetime, “woman in peril”, “Kim Basinger is a scared housewife” movies like “Cellular” and “While She Was Out” (and to a lesser extent, “Bless the Child”, which came off the heels of her Oscar win).

      The fact that Kim was a producer of that the latter (I don’t think that Lukas Haas is a good trade off from Jason Statham as the main person who is terrorizing Kim) quite frankly (depending of course on your point of view), makes it even more reprehensible. It does’t take much of a rocket scientist to put together that Kim envisioned this as an elaborate revenge fantasy against Alec Baldwin (with Craig Sheffer, playing the Baldwin allegory, as Kim’s angry, abusive, a-hole of a husband).

      Kim Basinger is one of the most gorgeous women to ever live. Why in god’s name would any sane, red blooded man (at least in context of the movies that I mentioned) want to do great bodily harm to her? It isn’t exactly the same as what went on w/ her and Jack Nicholson’s Joker in “Batman”. Tom Petty had the right idea by having a “dinner date” w/ Kim’s corpse in that music video before giving her a burial at the see.


  21. How many people here knew that Kim Basinger about ten years ago, did a Lifetime TV movie w/ crazy ’80s style “mall hair” (a la her “Batman” days):


  22. Episode #150 – Grudge Match

    We talk about Grudge Match, the movie that pretends DeNiro has a chance against steroidal Stallone. Meanwhile Dan discusses Kevin Hart’s need to do only Kevin-branded movies, Elliott uncovers Sean Connery’s strange belief he’s in every movie, and one of Stu’s relatives makes an unexpected appearance.


      • I really think that Kim Basinger assuming what Jon Peters said is true (and I’m prone to believe it somewhat based on the 1991 Movieline article w/ Kim that has been posted on here), had an ulterior motive. To me, I’m guessing that Kim (since she was in a relationship w/ one of the producers) tried to get some leeway to get herself some additional dialogue. And I believe that I posted a blind item from Crazy Days and Nights that alleged that the main reason why Kim Basinger doesn’t get hired for much anymore is because among other things, she clashed with screenwriters who wouldn’t give her enough dialogue to her pleasing.

        There’s no question that Kim Basigner has displayed a fairly sizable ego in the past. The stories about her meddling (if you want to call it that) in the scripts of “The Marrying Man” (she told Neil Simon point blank “Who ever wrote this doesn’t understand comedy!”) and “Cool World” (she had Ralph Bakshi’s R-rated horror movie script changed into something more kid friendly so that she could so it to sick hospital children) are entertaining (in an ironic sense) in themselves.


        • Further Fashion and Costume Cross-over

          I remember a talk given by costume designer Frances Tempest at my university where she cited Batman (1989) as an example of one character’s costumes (Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale) designed by a different costume designer (Linda Henrickson) to the rest of the film (Bob Ringwood). This wasn’t Tempest being overly critical, she was told this opinion by Ringwood himself. Basinger had insisted on having her own designer. As I said earlier, if the relationship works then that can be fine. If there are miscommunications or an unwillingness to compromise or merely work together for the benefit of the overall design of the film then the collaboration can be a huge disaster. Simons designing for two characters in a film implies much more involvement with the costume designer and the director and hopefully will evolve into a great collaboration. But only time will tell.


    • Ann is 90 now. She commented on Kim to a tabloid a couple years ago. Kim was estranged from her mom, both of her brothers, and one of her sisters for a long time. The only family members she invited to her second wedding were her dad and her youngest sister. Her dad’s obituary from last year lists Ann as a surviving spouse, though apparently they had been separated for decades.


      • Today (August 19th) is incidentally, 24th anniversary of Kim’s wedding to Alec Baldwin:

        I do wonder what happened between Kim, her mom and all but one of her siblings? Not only were Kim’s dad and her youngest sister the only members of her immediate family to be invited to the wedding, but they were also the only members of her family that she acknowledged when during her Oscars acceptance speech for “LA Confidential”.

        I suppose that one hint could come from a People magazine article from November 25, 2002 (“Kim Confidential”):
        Even those nearest to her. While she is close to her sister Ashley Brewer, 34, and father Don, 79, she is estranged from her brother Mick, 51, and her mother, Ann, 77, who has been sympathetic to ex-son-in-law Baldwin in the aftermath of the divorce. “Kim has just written off the ones who don’t agree with her,” says a source close to the family.


        • Her brother Mick and the middle sister’s husband got her involved in the whole Braselton thing. Kim probably blames them for the financial loss and public embarassment it caused her.

          No idea what caused her falling out with her mom and other brother. Maybe they’re just traditional southern types who won’t put up with Kim’s first world problems and eccentricities.

          Btw I think the writer of that People article inverted the numbers re Ashley’s age. If she was born in 1959 she would be 43 in 2002, not 34.


        • Well, for the sake of the argument, this is what Kim said about her falling out with her family members:

          Q: What about with your own family? Last time we talked you said you hadn’t spoken with your brother Mick in three years.

          A: Let’s just leave it like this: it’s a very sad situation. The subject of Braselton [the town Basinger and a group of investors bought and have since sold] did a lot of harm within my family. Period.

          Q: Did Mick drive from Florida to North Carolina to see you and you wouldn’t talk to him?

          A: It was in the best interest of everyone that I not talk to him at the time about what he wanted to talk to me about. Let me repeat this again so you hear me very loud and clear: all of this has been a terrible thing with my family.

          Q: The New York Times reported that a lot of your small creditors hadn’t been paid because of your bankruptcy declaration. Didn’t you threaten to sue The Times?

          A: I was never going to sue The Times. This happened two years ago. All of a sudden you wake up one morning and you see yourself with a big picture, and a story by a journalist writing about nothing she knew anything about. I mean, who am I to belong in the business section? My lawyers wanted to sue them, but this was another time when Kim chose to say, “Go away.” You can’t fight that barrage of negativity. I’m a hugely positive person. All of the negativity that’s been around me has given me more to give. All these trials and tribulations are nothing but: OK, I think you can do this. And you get over that hump. You get cuts and scrapes, but guess what?–they clear up. I’ve always conducted my life that way. The Braselton situation probably did more harm in my life than anything that I can think of. I thought my being in the public eye would help get the town going and raise money, but I left it in the hands of other people and it just went downhill from there.


        • To go a step further about Kim’s estrangement from at least, her brother Mick:

          Q: The Wall Street Journal reported a backlash against you among the people of Braselton. What’s happening there?

          A: That’s something I’m going to address publicly on local television for the people of Braselton. It was all a matter of bringing a dream to a table. I didn’t buy the town, I just searched for two years to find the money so a corporation could buy this town. A company in Chicago bought it and I only was going to be the supplier of the dream. And by the way, let me correct this, there never was an idea of a “Kim’s Wood”–I don’t even know what that means. A takeoff on Dollywood I guess. My dream was for artists–record people, movie people–to make a major career center on the East Coast. An auditorium for artists to play their new stuff, and an in-house radio station. There’s a hungry crowd down there in Georgia. It wasn’t a stupid dream. Unfortunately, at the time the economy was going straight down and dreams became expensive. So today it’s in the hands of other people.

          Q: Is the dream dead?

          A: It’s dead. Totally. It’s really a horrible story.

          Q: Didn’t you put your brother Mick in charge of developing the town?

          A: Yes, my brother’s very involved there. Only I’m not involved with my brother, and haven’t seen or talked to him in three years. I plan to address why the communication stopped. I gave him a good two-and-a-half years to come clean and say how we’ve not spoken, because I did not any longer want my name associated with Braselton and I felt it being misused. So now is the year I’m going to have to make a break from all of it. I really do love the people there. Braselton is a beautiful area and it needs to be preserved and I pray that people do right by it. It’s not a nice story, this story about Braselton. That on top of this other stuff that’s been going on these last three years, it was just one more thing I probably should not have gotten involved with. But I have no regrets, I learned a lot.


        • I think that Kim to a certain degree is too much of a people pleasure at times. It’s not just the whole Braselton thing if it’s true that it was her brother Mick and her middle sister’s husband who initially sold her on the idea (not that Kim herself isn’t at all at any fault). And then there’s the whole “Boxing Helena” thing in which based on one of the Movieline interviews that Kim did, she wanted to help out the first-time director, Jennifer Lynch (David’s daughter), who was very sympathetic. And of course, there’s all of the stuff that Kim has said about her daughter (besides Kim saying that she awarded her daughter “freedom” after her divorce from Alec Baldwin) like Kim saying that she made movies like “Charlie St. Cloud” and more dubiously, “Fifty Shades Darker” to apiece her.


  23. In some respects, I think that Kim’s Oscar victory was kind of the worse thing to happen to her in reality. Of course, it naturally marked the highest point or pinnacle of her career and made for a nice little redemption story.

    On the other hand, I think that it may have given Kim the false impression that she was much more talented or skillful beyond her means. I also feel that for better or for worse, her victory for “LA Confidential”, more or less permanently cemented or stigmatized her as being an actress who is only truly good as being sexy and glamorous. What didn’t help was that Kim was already well into her 40s at that point, and she obviously couldn’t plausibly play the sex symbol/blond bombshell card forever. In effect, Kim really had no where else to go from that point forward.

    I do think that in a way, Kim’s removal from the public eye was her choice and not necessarily just because she was blacklisted for being too much of a diva. Kim has of course, had life-long issues with anxiety and I think that she was worried about not being around enough of her really young child at the time. Plus, I’m assuming that Kim might have been led to believe that she had already achieved what any actor dreams of (winning an Academy Award) and thus, didn’t have much else to really prove.

    And maybe Kim also figured that now that she was an Oscar winner and still for the most part, had her “looks” she could therefore have a greater shot at “picking and choose” any project of that came her way. Unfortunately, this as bound to set things up for trouble as I don’t know for sure if Kim Basinger ever fully or completely became humbled and learned the error of her past ways.

    Kim seemed to start to “check out” after her first two big post-“LA Confidential” projects, “Bless the Child” and “I Dreamed of Africa” (which was a pet project of her’s and likely crushed her spirits and ego at the end of the day, when things didn’t entirely work out as hoped for) flopped. This was undoubtedly compounded by her reaching her emotional breaking point during her marriage with Alec Baldwin (who allegedly became increasingly jealous after Kim won the Oscar). After that, Kim has practically spent most of her time living like a professional victim and hermit.


  24. From an article by Stuart Wolfendale in The Correspondent, 1999: “Basinger’s career is a source of wonder that, even now in Hollywood, a woman can rise from flop to flop on sex appeal alone. Of 20 movies she has been in, all but two have been critical and box-office dogs.”

    The writer makes a good point, even though the last part is exaggerated. Kim has escaped Hollywood ageism due to her looks alone. Her upcoming role in 50 Shades Darker marks the third time she has played the lover of someone approximately three decades her junior in a feature film (after The Door in the Floor and The Informers). I don’t think anyone would argue that she gets these roles because of her acting skills. She’s peerless.


    • I might as well get this out of the way, since IMDb is going to shut down their message boards pretty soon:

      The classic excuse that “the actress gets older” isn’t an excuse. It’s true. Several aging actress, including ones from Kim’s generation have stated that roles dry up and more roles are given to younger actresses unless the older actress fits a niche in a movie. Plus there more newer pretty actress too.There are exception to the rule. many older actresses, particularly from the 90 are trying to make their own opportunities as well as producing more of their own stuff. The fact is Kim Basinger is much older and not as youthfully attractive as she was in the ’90s. She doesn’t fit Hollywood shallow stereotype for audiences to flock to for a movie. Though someday shell fit a niche. Plus Kim comes from a different generation of actresses than the actresses now. Personally I still like Kim Basinger as well as several 90 actresses. They;re classic actresses but as they stated its the nature of the business fit roles to dry up as the get older and that sucks.


      • And to counter this argument and angle:

        It’s not Hollywood shallow stereotype if ticket=buyers are from age 18-35. If you were producing, what would you do? Youth has always been the priority; in the 1950’s, older actress’ careers faded also. And for men, a 60 yr old Brad Pitt is not going to be playing 30 yr leading men either (but character roles, if he’s capable) So, it’s not totally bias against women.

        If more ticket-buyers went to see films starring 60+, then things would change accordingly. Kim B., if she really wanted to work, could do a soap or low-budget films anytime; it’s also a question of pride. She doesn’t need the money, so those options are available if she was humble enough (like a Morgan Fairchild). Maybe she doesn’t care about working, also.

        In the regular workplace, it’s similar. A 60 yr old looking to enter/re-enter the workplace also finds it difficult, so it’s not just about Hollywood. It’s just life.


        • Kim Basinger, 63, Returns to the Red Carpet in Slinky Silk Gown for the Fifty Shades Darker Premiere

          It’s hard to believe, but Kim Basinger has an impressive and enduring acting career that now spans almost five decades. From her star-making role in 9 1/2 weeks to her iconic turn in millennial pop culture classic 8 Mile, the actress’s careful choice of roles has allowed her to now become even more selective when it comes to what parts she’ll play, which also means we see a whole lot less of her on the red carpet. But now, thanks to her latest performance in Fifty Shades Darker, all of that is about to change, starting with the red carpet at the film’s premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday.

          In the second installment of the racy blockbuster film series, Basinger plays the business partner and former lover of the sadistic protagonist Christian Grey. A part befitting an actress that continues to be one of the most gorgeous celebrities of any age in Hollywood. And to celebrate her latest headline-making movie role, the L.A. Confidential star made a rare red carpet appearance at the film’s premiere.

          In recent years, when she does attend a debut, the actress has favored sharply tailor pantsuits over flowing gowns, such as the navy pinstripe suit complete with tie, contrast collar button-down, and pocket watch she wore to the premiere of The Grudge or the feminine twist on a tuxedo she paired with black and white brogues on The Nice Guys red carpet. But for this Fifty Shades debut, Basinger went with a classic black silk gown with a gathered, asymmetrical neckline, a fluted skirt, and subtle floral embroidery all over, proving that Anastasia Steele might want to watch her back and her man.


    • Fifty Shades Darker’s Kim Basinger: I have learned to push the right buttons

      THERE was no bigger screen siren than Kim Basinger in the 1980s and 1990s, thanks to the erotic movie 91/2 Weeks and her Oscar-winning performance in LA Confidential.

      PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sat, Feb 4, 2017

      Every performance seemed to have the golden touch, from her Bond debut opposite Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again to Vicki Vale in 1989’s Batman.

      Then came the fall. Basinger was bankrupt at 40, due to bad investments and after pulling out of 1993 film Boxing Helena. She had to hand back her salary of £6.4 million, reduced to less than half on appeal but with a massive lawyer’s bill.

      There were film flops and what was dubbed “Hollywood’s bloodiest divorce” from combustible actor Alec Baldwin.

      But Basinger has battled on and at 63 reemerges in a new film, Fifty Shades Darker. She plays woman of mystery Elena Lincoln alongside the characters of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).

      British actor Dornan admits he was longing to ask about her screen past but was “too frightened” to ask. It is the latest twist in Basinger’s life and film career.

      At the height of her fame she rejected Basic Instinct (1992) – which turned out to be highly successful – as being too explicit, which allowed Sharon Stone to become a star.

      She also turned down Sleepless In Seattle (1993), which created an image for Meg Ryan for so many years as America’s sweetheart.

      Basinger has kept a low profile about her role in Fifty Shades Darker to keep an element of surprise in the sequel to the original 2015 box office hit Fifty Shades Of Grey, the film version of the bestseller from author EL James.

      But she is more than aware that she is now at an age regarded warily by many in Hollywood. “Women have always had difficulties in Hollywood, particularly older women,” she observes.

      “But now I feel powerful in my own decision making and my own life. She recalls that her breakthrough film, 9 1/2 Weeks directed by Adrian Lyne, originally flopped in America where it was considered too explicit. But the unedited version became a big hit internationally, particularly in Britain and France.

      “They taught me not to be ashamed of it,” she says. “I wish that America had more of a European take on life when it comes to ageing.”

      Like many Bond girls before her Basinger posed for Playboy during the launch of Never Say Never Again in 1983. When we first met a few years later she was still proving herself. “It took me years to learn how to act,” she said at the time.

      “I learned from Sir Anthony Hopkins a long time ago when he said: ‘Acting is about pushing this button or that within yourself and you are being very well paid.’ So my own pay-off for longevity is that I know how to press the right buttons.

      Kim adds: “I was too nervous and highly strung. I was always worrying about things and thinking too much.

      “Even when I was exercising, running on a treadmill, I was thinking, ‘Gotta hurry, gotta run faster, gotta go somewhere.’ What was I running for? What was I doing? The great thing about age is that you learn from mistakes. You calm down and enjoy it more.”

      That running has put quite a distance between her small home city of Athens, Georgia – her father, Don, managed a loan company and her mother, Ann, stayed at home – but she remembers those days fondly.

      “When I was a tiny girl I started watching old movies with my daddy,” she says.

      “He was not a cold man but was not emotional, either. So when I watched his face in the reflection of the television, either howling with laughter or choking up with tears from these images on the screen, I remember thinking: ‘Nobody seems to get to him like these people.’ I became entranced with the whole movie thing.

      “When I got the opportunity to move to New York as a model I got lucky. I arrived at just 17 in the 1970s at a point when the blonde, blue-eyed healthy look was catching on. So here was I fresh from Athens with blonde hair down to my waist and I had never been touched by anybody.”

      She took acting lessons and joined the neighborhood playhouse. “Hollywood was a dream,” she recalls. “Thousands of kids venture there every year, many because they have won a contest back home or someone told them that they were good at acting.

      They come out wanting to be a star. We all know how few make it but it holds out that beautiful, seductive fantasy with grim reality hovering like a shadow.

      “I was very naive. My first disappointment taught me something. I did a little movie called Hard Country with Jan-Michael Vincent and I was so proud. I remember thinking people would come to watch, tell me I was wonderful and that would be that. I had no idea about marketing and all those things that go on to make people come to movies.

      Kim starred alongside Mickey Rourke in 1986 erotic thriller 9 1/2 Weeks
      “About ten people saw that film – and they included my father and sister! That was the biggest early blow. There have been plenty since but you just have to live with it.”

      She remains open-minded about all the things that can go wrong. “I do not have any bitterness or resentment over any of it. I’m just very grateful I got to work in this business. We are all little kids at heart and yet the dream has the ability to make people build very hard exteriors and ruin lives. Kids don’t understand the reality and neither did I.”

      Basinger’s life and career reflects the intensity of Hollywood. Her first husband was make-up artist Ron Snyder-Britton whom she left for Batman producer Jon Peters. Britton later claimed she also had an affair with Richard Gere when co-starring in the 1986 film No Mercy.

      She met second husband Alec Baldwin when playing lovers in the 1991 film The Marrying Man. They married in 1993, separated just days before her 47th birthday in 2000 and divorced in 2002.

      It’s been more than a year since the first Fifty Shades of Grey movie hit screens and fans have been given a glimpse of the sequel, in the seriously steamy trailer.

      Baldwin wrote in 2008 that he had wanted to “murder” her divorce lawyer. But through it all, the hits, the flops, the fame, personal troubles and public slanging matches, Basinger has maintained her reputation as a beautiful actress who can turn in stellar performances.

      There is also a certain irony that 31 years after her controversial 9 1/2 Weeks, she is again courting headlines with a similar theme in Fifty Shades Darker. “I am very proud of 9 1/2 Weeks and I always will be,” she told me.

      “After my dad saw it he wrote me a beautiful letter about how proud he was. He said he had looked at me and remembered the little girl with whom he had sat and watched TV all those years ago.”

      And what about those sex scenes? “Sex scenes are such tough work.”

      Fifty Shades Darker is released in UK cinemas on Friday.


      • I’ve noticed that Kim Basinger has done virtually little press or publicity for “Fifty Shades Darker”. She to the best of my recollection or knowledge didn’t do a lot of stuff like that for her more recent movies (i.e. “The Nice Guys”, “Grudge Match”, etc.) either. I think part of this (besides Kim’s apparent shyness and anxiety issues) is that she’s likely worried that she’ll have to inevitably explain/answer for her role in the infamous voice-mail that Alec Baldwin directed at their daughter ten years ago.

        Kim seems to be the type of person who would rather totally control the narrative. I think Kim doesn’t like to go on talk shows because she can’t ab-lib or think on her feet to save her life. In a written/print interview, you don’t have to worry about “being yourself” (instead of a character in a movie) and “on” to the whole world. There’s much more time to rehearse and collect your thoughts/articulate yourself.

        It’s seems like Kim will only make a public appearance like a red carpet premiere or a talk show interview with her job really depends on it or she has little to no choice.


      • It’s funny how Kim keeps excluding the virtues of Anthony Hopkins as if she’s at or very near is level:

        You’re pretty emotional throughout this film. Is it easy for you, or is there a process you have to develop over the years to get you into that mode?

        It takes years to learn how to act, I think. It takes years, if you’re not fooling yourself, and I think it’s like what Anthony Hopkins once said, when someone asked him about an emotional scene he had to do, and he said, “It’s my job.” Well I can now look at someone and know the tools that I’ve developed over the years, and the things and the buttons, and where to go to press that button and I thank God it’s such a gift, and one day you wake up and you go, I can access that, I can get that, I know where to go to get that. It is your pay-off for longevity, for being tenacious.


        • I don’t know the full extent or context of what Anthony Hopkins said or meant, but to me, it seems like at first glance that Kim has a very simplistic and down right mechanical approach or viewpoint to acting. You can’t just say that “It’s my job!” because that’s kind of the whole fundamental point. It would be like say, working for the postal service and delivering other people’s mail to their houses. Just because “it’s their job” doesn’t necessarily or automatically mean that everybody can be extremely good at it.

          To me, I don’t know that Kim doesn’t understand (granted, who am I to act like I know more about acting than she does) that there are much more nuances and preparation behind acting beyond simply doing what the script demands on face value. I’ve said elsewhere on here, that I don’t think that Kim Basinger is the most even-keel actress or actor around to become a movie star in recent memory. You can’t just go from one extreme to the next on the drop of a dime like a light blub.


        • Kim Basinger never seemed to fully realize that she was always a passable enough of a actress whose looks and sex appeal helped her rise to the top. Unfortunately, like any actress who makes it past 40, her skills didn’t exactly help keep her there. Kim for all intents and purposes, got lucky with “LA Confidential” (and to a lesser extent, “Batman”, once Sean Young had out pull out).

          What doesn’t help is that Kim picks lousy projects (or passes on potentially good ones like Meg Ryan’s role in “Sleepless in Seattle” or Sandra Bullock’s role in “Speed”). Kim for example,should’ve realized right from the jump that crap like “Boxing Helena” (which she didn’t actually appear in but she still got sued the stuffing’s out of), and more recently, “Fifty Shades Darker” were not good for her credibility.


        • I guess that I was right when I said a long time ago on here that Kim Basinger seems to in part, choose her more recent projects (like “Fifty Shades Darker”) as simply a means of appeasing her daughter (and not necessarily because she genuinely believes in the project):

          Kim Basinger almost turned down the chance to play Zac Efron’s mother in CHARLIE ST. CLOUD until her starstruck teenage daughter convinced her to take on the role.

          The actress admits she was unsure about whether to accept a part in the High School Musical hunk’s new drama, about a young man mourning the death of his brother.
          But when Basinger’s daughter Ireland discovered she’d been linked to the role, she “went nuts” and urged her mum to accept the job.

          She says, “When I mentioned it to my 14-year-old daughter it was the funniest thing. She went nuts. She said, ‘What, not go to Vancouver and not play Zac Efron’s mom?’ She said, ‘You’re crazy!'”


      • I think that initially, Kim Basinger was an actress who was kind of at the right place and the right time. Directors (including “really big ones” like Barry Levinson, Adrian Lyne, Robert Altman, Blake Edwards, and Tim Burton) wanted to work w/ her I presume because she had a very distinctive (full, pouty lips, doe, piercing, almond shaped blue eyes, thick, wavy platinum blonde hair, excellent bone structure, voluptuous body, etc.), photogenic look. At the time she was breaking out, Kim it seemed like, was being positioned as sort of the modern day/heir apparent to Marilyn Monroe (the unique blend of shyness and sensitivity along with incredibly physical beauty and sensuality).

        Somehow during the ’80s, Kim was able to get her crap together (i.e. not let too much of her personal issues interfere w/ her career) and slowly but surely “pay her dues” before finally hitting the proverbial mountain type with “Batman” (which Kim literally lucked into after Sean Young had to bow out). If you ask me, one key difference between her pre-“Batman” career and her post-“Batman”/pre-“LA Confidential” career, is that Kim Basigner really needed or had to have her career “driven” for her instead of her being in the driver’s seat so to speak. I just don’t think that at the end of the day, Kim was very savvy when it came to selecting scripts (and let’s not get into her performance as a business woman/town owner) or the way that she conducted herself in interviews (and she cant’ just use the “I’m shy!” excuse) or to the general public.

        Kim made the fundamental errors in judgement of wanting to position herself as some sort of mogul (hence the Braselton, Georgia buyout), mini-auteur (e.g. her meddling with the script of “Cool World”, and her on the set of “The Marrying Man” telling Neil Simon that who ever wrote that doesn’t understand comedy), some personally anointed crusader (her outburst over the snubbing of “Do the Right Thing” at the 1990 Academy Awards), or an unreliable, high maintenance diva (again her antics on the set of “The Marrying Man” and bowing out of “Boxing Helena” at the last minute).

        Kim basically started to get too big for her britches (as if she wanted to march to the beat of her own drum or play by her own rules) or biting off more than she could chew. And her getting involved w/ Alec Baldwin of all people just made people get pissed off at her even further.

        “LA Confidential” was one of those things in hindsight, where the stars were perfectly aligned. Enough time had passed that people were willing to give Kim Basinger another chance. And somehow (I don’t now if it was because of Curtis Hanson’s direction as well as a good script or Kim knowing that her back was against the wall, having something to really prove) rose to the occasion. But considering how Kim’s career panned out after “LA Confidential”, one would immediately think that the whole thing was just a big fluke and Kim never really had it after-all (she was again, at the right place, at the right time).


      • The Walker brothers mocking Kim Basinger’s looks (i.e. her make-up, alleged cosmetic procedures, wardrobe, etc.) in “Fifty Shades Darker” starting at the 33:42 mark:


        • Review: ‘Fifty Shades’ sequel neither better nor darker

          It was good to see Kim Basinger on the big screen once again after a long absence from the mainstream since probably her Oscar for “L.A. Confidential” (1997). Too bad her role as the child molester Elena (whom Ana called Mrs. Robinson) was too short, but it was made pretty clear that we will be seeing more of Ms. Basinger in the upcoming sequel “Fifty Shades Freed.”


        • 10 Thoughts Every Guy Had While Watching Fifty Shades Darker

          “Man, Kim Basinger Really Went Crazy On The Botox.”

          Since the film’s main story isn’t all that compelling, you find yourself getting sidetracked by a series of much more interesting minor details.

          Chief among these is Kim Basinger – or more specifically, Kim Basinger’s look. It’s sad that such a talented actress should find herself in such a weak production, but that’s not the only thing amiss with her presence.

          You remember her as a completely natural stunner from her Bond and Batman days, but now, she looks a little bit like a shiny Barbie doll. She’s still looking good, but has sacrificed a lot of that raw beauty in favour of an artificial, youthful sheen.

          Although, if Kim Basinger was the one who got Christian Grey hooked on BDSM and seduced him into that lifestyle, we can’t say we blame the man for falling under her spell.


      • I haven’t seen “Fifty Shades of Darker” or the previous one and really have little interest in doing so for the moment. With that being said (based on what I’ve heard about how Kim’s character is made to look like an utter fool), I get the impression that Kim sometimes takes on projects w/o fully realizing how badly she’ll come across (e.g. “Boxing Helena” and “Cellular”).

        Part of it I feel is simply Kim’s lack of range and talent beyond playing sexy and/or doe-eyed characters. Part of it simply is because the material/the resources that she has to work with are utter crap (e.g. the “Fifty Shades” franchise under an uber hack writer like EL James). The sad thing is that, I honesty think that there’s part of Kim Basinger who genuinely believes that she could make something “work” (and it isn’t just a “paycheck for hire” sort of gig) out of being apart of “Fifty Shades”.

        I think that I said previously that one of Kim Basinger’s biggest weaknesses it seems is that she’s either or both, very naive and impulsive in her approach to film-making and doing business elsewhere.


      • If you ever respected Kim Basinger, prepare to lose that respect, as she manages to both kink-shame those women who enjoy being sexually dominant AND refer to her statutory-rapist character in FSoG as giving “Christian all his moves,” praising her “emotional and mental strength.” Vile.


    • What’s Behind The Best Supporting Actress Curse? Plain, Old, Unmagical Sexism

      The A-list, movie-star promise that an Academy Award might suggest never materialized with Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) or Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King), either — even though both are extremely accomplished thespians with impressive resumes. And Jennifer Hudson virtually disappeared from the big screen after Dreamgirls. Amy Nicholson, chief film critic for MTV News, points to Kim Basinger as yet another classic example.

      “She won for L.A. Confidential and then she just immediately had no work for three years,” she says. “You look at a winner like Brenda Fricker, who won for My Left Foot — the same film that Daniel Day-Lewis won for, which turned him into a huge star. And three years later, you have [Fricker] playing roles like ‘Pigeon Lady’ in Home Alone 2. And you see that happen to a talented actress and you can’t help but wonder — yeah, is there a curse?”

      To be clear, Nicholson does not believe in this curse. Not at all. Not even remotely. This, she says, is plain, old, unmagical sexism. Basinger was 44 when she won best supporting actress. Perhaps part of the problem is that the category rewards numerous women who are older than 40, who are black or “ethnic,” or who are character actresses, rather than traditional beauties.

      “It’s a symptom of the fact that there aren’t a lot of roles,” Nicholson says. “It’s really just a symptom of the movies, you know?”


    • Simply put and to be very blunt, Kim’s lack of humility and self-control as well as her fragile ego became her ultimate downfall.


    • Kim Basinger at this point in her life/career is kind of in this weird conundrum, where she’s not a full-fledged leading lady/movie star anymore but she isn’t exactly a real character actress (in part because she’s too recognizable and not versatile enough to make the effect work).


  25. Cool World – Nostalgia Critic

    Having sex with cartoons leads to all sorts of problems, a bad movie being one of them, but is there more to this film than it seems? Nostalgia Critic takes a look at, Cool World.


  26. “Cool World” seemed to simply be a case of way too many cooks in the kitchen. I’m guessing that Ralph Bakshi’s original vision was seen as too “off the wall” for a potential mainstream audience. So what we got was a slightly “dirtier” (but not “dirty” enough to get an R-rating as Bakshi was initially intending) albeit, less coherent version of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”

    Now in regards to Kim Basinger allegedly wanting to further neuter the script so that she could have something to show sick kids in hospitals, part of me does believe that Kim’s heart was in the right place. But I still find it ironic that want we got was Kim having sex w/ Gabriel Bryne’s character (in order to become “human”) in a movie where she’s for all intents and purposes, “the bad guy”.


    • This is one thing that I don’t get about actors who like to change the script. Why the hell did you agree to do the movie in the first place then? If Kim Basinger wanted to do a cartoon that she could show to sick kids, then why not do a Disney movie or something, where it was much more suitable? In that regard, maybe Kim wasn’t entirely aware of Ralph Bakshi’s work (in that he usually made animation for adults).

      Maybe Kim just looked at things at face-value and saw “Cool World” as a “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” knock-off/cash-in. “Roger Rabbit” is technically a Disney movie since it was distributed by Touchstone. So maybe that’s why she thought she could show it. Also, if they did go with the original idea, then it most likely meant that her character would not have a role big enough to suit her ego.


  27. Well, Kim Basinger still getting roles in which she is portrayed as in an adventurous and sexual way some 34 years after this kind of thing all began with her I think can be looked at as a plus. Besides, with these individuals who are in front of a camera (newscasters, TV hosts, the whole like), they have to go to extreme measures to preserve some semblance of their earlier youth, so I just take it for what it is. I do think that some touch up work should begin early, so later on any work done is more upkeep than reconstruction.


  28. “My Stepmother is an Alien” seemed to come during a time in which Kim Basigner I suppose along with “Blind Date” a year prior, was trying to carve a niche for herself in “manic pixie dream girl” roles. It also on the surface, feels like Kim trying to essentially do her version of “Splash” (or “My Favorite Martian” w/ a blonde bombshell as “Uncle Martin”) but w/ an extraterrestrial instead of a mermaid.

    Perhaps “My Stepmother is an Alien” didn’t entirely work is that although it can be easily suggested that it’s like “Splash w/ an alien instead of a mermaid”, it doesn’t have the former film’s charm. Also it really doesn’t know what type of time that it wants to be. Much of the humor – especially the love-scene and the scenes involving Dan Aykroyd’s disreputable, womanizing brother played by Jon Lovitz- seems too sexual in nature for most family audiences. On the same token however, the overall tone is too mild and sentimental for the film to really work as a bawdy comedy.


    • Yeah, I think the film lands square in the undefined middle ground, which in the end doesn’t satisfy audiences if they’re looking for something specific. It plays it safe, but yet isn’t wholesome (I think that bedroom scene is okay though).


      • Has Dan Aykroyd ever done anything on his own that was funny, or at least not outright terrible? His best work was always as a straight man or foil to other characters. Every example I came across came with a partner or ensemble setup…or he was a minor character and not necessarily funny.


        • I thought Aykroyd had his moments on the SNL episodes I’ve seen, as well as some good bits on “Spies Like Us”, but overall, yeah, I think he’s usually the guy surrounded by funny people, not the guy actually being funny. Take “Dragnet” for instance. I’ll say this though: I like his Crystal Head Vodka, the vodka is good, and the bottle makes me feel like a Goonie.


        • I know that I’ve alluded to this on this blog before, but I’m kind of surprised that Dan Aykroyd hasn’t received a WTHHT entry yet. In Aykroyd’s case (assuming that I’ve haven’t said this before) he at the end of the day (even during his prime), was really more of a character actor than a true “movie star” (like say his past co-stars like Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray). As a result, it always seemed like he his presence was somehow overpowered by his co-stars.

          Therefore, Aykroyd seemed to function better when he was either part of an ensemble (e.g. “Ghostbusters”) or he had another strong comedic persona or charismatic presence to play off of. Also, Aykroyd seemed to suffer from “George Lucas syndrome” in the sense that he had a great imagination, he really needed somebody (whether it be John Landis, Harold Ramis, or Ivan Reitman) to temper his wilder ideas and make them more coherent. At the end of the day, it seemed like Dan Aykroyd had little else to fall back on or show for himself once he couldn’t go back to the “Ghosbusters”/”Blues Brothers”/”SNL” (in this case, the “Coneheads” movie) well anymore.


    • She wanted Columbia to push the release date back to Valentine’s Day (1989). Box office failure of this movie was due to bad timing. There was too much competition as it opened the same day as Twins and only a week after the Naked Gun and Scrooged.


      • I just read that Shelley Long was originally cast in that role, but drooped out. Boy, that would’ve changed the approach of that film.


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    • My Stepmother Is An Alien: LIVE!

      HOW DID THIS GET MADE? #162 MAY 12, 2017

      Stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings (The Female Brain) joins Paul, June, and Jason to discuss the 1988 comedy science fiction film My Stepmother Is an Alien. Recorded live from Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, they’ll talk about the horny adults party with kid waiters, Kim Basinger having conversations with the purse worm, Jon Lovitz improvising, and where Dan Aykroyd falls on the sex chart. Put her in a brar!


  29. You can argue that one apparent factor in why Kim Basinger’s career has been so considerably erratic or inconsistent (besides of course, her personal issues) is that she never really had a clear-cut signature, “type”, niche, or identity from within her filmography. Yes, we know that Kim is regarded as being a glamorous, sexy blonde bombshell, but even in her “prime”, it was quite hard to describe a true “Kim Basinger movie” simply because she bounced from genre to genre. If anything, Kim with all due respect, was essentially window dressing much of the time.

    To give you a better idea (and pardon me if it seems like I’m running down virtually Kim Basinger’s entire filmography), if Kim wasn’t Robert Altman, Blake Edwards, or Curtis Hanson’s muse, she showed up in period films (e.g.. “The Natural”, “Nadine”, “The Marrying Man”, “LA Confidential”, “The Nice Guys”), where she more than often played some sort of sultry femme fatale type. Or Kim would try out wacky, farcical comedies, where she seemed to play a variant of the manic pixie dream girl (e.g. “Blind Date”, “My Stepmother is An Alien”, and “Wayne’s World 2”).

    And in-between that, she would take on gritty (and sometimes high stakes), crime dramas (e.g. “No Mercy”, “The Real McCoy”, which if I’m not mistaken, was more of a heist movie, “The Getaway”, again, “LA Confidential”, “Cellular”, “While She Was Out”, and “The Nice Guys”, which was really more of a comedy), glossy, erotic type films (e.g. “9 & 1/2 Weeks”, “Final Analysis”, and “Fifty Shades Darker”), somber melodramas (e.g. “I Dreamed of Africa”, “8 Mile”, “The Door on the Floor” and really any of Kim’s indie movies from around the 2000s, and “Charlie St. Cloud”), supernatural fare (e.g. “Bless the Child”). political thrillers (e.g. “The Sentinel”), or high concept, borderline macabre fantasy movies (e.g. “Batman”, “Cool World”, and even the Tom Petty video for “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”).

    In an odd kind of way, Kim Basinger is kind of like Kurt Russell in the sense that while Kim like Russell, would sometimes branch out into comedy, she was never really seen as a true comedic actress. While Kim received praise for her work in “LA Confidential”, she was never able to seriously capitalize off of that particular success. Other than “Batman” and “LA Confidential” and to a lesser extent, “8 Mile”, much of Kim’s “successes” if there were any, were only modest ones. Even “Never Say Never Again”, Kim’s breakout role, is an odd one because it wasn’t as successful at the box office as the other, “official” James Bond movie of 1983, “Octopussy”. And it’s one of those movies, in which it really shouldn’t have made in the first place, but that’s another story.


  30. I listened to her unreleased album. Most of it sucks, except ‘I Wanna’ which is really good:

    She’s intriguing. I wish there was a book that was a full-length biography of her life. She’s still an enigma after all these years.


    • I thought it was pretty good song. First off, the instrumentals are very Prince & that Batman ’89 era. Second, i think Kim Basinger sounds like Taylor Dayne (who was kind of happening at that time too), so nice job there. Third, this was never released publicly, so it falls short of being a vanity project (actually, I don’t mind cross overs by actors: If I think it’s good like Ally Sheedy’s poetry book or Don Johnson’s “Heartbeat”, I’ll stick up for it).


    • I think one of if not thee biggest fallacy regarding Kim Basinger as a person is that she seems to take herself way too seriously. Kim always quite flippantly makes it out to sound like her life is utterly boring (thus, why should we care what she does day in and day out), too embarrassing to discuss in reasonably great detail, and a downright drag. She’s the type of person who tends to build a bubble around herself.

      She with that being said, comes off horribly in interviews because she doesn’t have much of a true sense of humor about anything or herself. If she does have a sense of humor, it’s pretty much in the elementary sense. In movies where she’s asked to “be funny” like in “Blind Date” and “My Stepmother is an Alien”, it’s simply because that’s how her characters are broadly sketched, not necessarily because she’s already incredibly intuitive or inventive.


      • Kim also seems to use her anxiety/shyness (or Alec Baldwin’s alleged abuse during their relationship) issues as a cop out for why she’s gone so down the food chain so to speak in Hollywood. Granted, her anxiety issues and apparent lack of humility within themselves likely interfered with any chances she had for any true longevity in the business.

        The real problem is that Kim Basinger seems to be the type of woman who wants the stardom without putting in the work. In effect, she’s lazy. I think Kim’s early success during the ’80s was because she worked with the “right” directors and was hyped up as being essentially the “Marilyn Monroe of the ’80s”. But once you give Kim some proverbial “clout” like after she reached the supposed “mountaintop” with both “Batman” and her comeback performance in “LA Confidential” almost ten years later, the Kim without the proper guidance and motivation, will proceed to drive herself off of a cliff.


  31. “I truly have no regrets” – Exclusive interview with Kim Basinger–exclusive-interview-with-kim-basinger.html

    29 March, 2017

    In 1986, the movie called 9½ Weeks was released and it became as popular in Georgia as anywhere else in the world. It was the first time most Georgians learned who Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke were. Then there were other films, namely Batman, The Marrying Man, L.A. Confidential (Academy Award in Best Supporting Actress nomination to Basinger), The Informers, etc. Her last movie as of now is Fifty Shades Darker, where she plays the role of Elena Lincoln. In all, Kim Basinger has played in 54 movies.

    Kim Basinger is one of the most beautiful women in the world and we can speak endlessly about her. She’s 63 years old now and is still as attractive as earlier. She agreed to talk to us and gave a very interesting interview to Kviris Palitra newspaper.

    Dear Kim you are favorite actress of Georgian people, almost every woman attentively follows news related with you. How Kim Basinger lives today?

    I live in Southern California, I love the climate here and I love being by the beach because I participate in all water sports, especially surfing. My daughter, Ireland lives near me and she has 8 dogs, I have 5 as we love animals. I love music and I love books of all types. I’ve got hummingbird feeders throughout my property and they attract hundreds of hummingbirds every day. I’ve been very blessed having traveled all over the world and meeting lots of wonderful people. My boyfriend and I spend a lot of time in Hawaii, our favorite place on earth. I have always loved writing and I’m getting more into it these days, especially children’s books. The most important thing I do is work with 4 wonderful animal protection groups to help stop the cruelty that goes on in every country on this planet.

    You were the most prominent sex symbol of the ’80s and early ’90s. Who do you consider a modern day sex symbol?

    Scarlett Johansson is my choice, she is a very eloquent, smart and beautiful woman who uses her power as a woman and her intelligence as a human being very wisely, making a great role model for young girls and for those growing up in this crazy world. She also takes a stance on issues that she cares about and in that regard I admire her a great deal. As far as her sex symbol status, I think she uses her sexuality in a very non-gratuitous way.

    I would like to ask you about men. Dear Kim, who was the main man of your life, or the man you often think about?

    I have a wonderful boyfriend who I met over 20 years ago. We were just working together and were very good friends. In the last 3 years we became a couple which was quite surprising to both of us but a beautiful surprise. Another man in my life is my cat Dude.

    Is there anything in your life that you would like to change? Or do you regret about something?

    As with all of us, we all have our challenges, our ups, our downs, our wins and losses, our successes and our failures but each and every one of us has a journey and through the years I have learned to truly embrace my journey and to be thankful for everything I’ve ever gone through whether truly positive or trying to get though a tough situation. I just feel I am a student of life, I’ve learned much and I will be learning until I leave this planet. So to answer your question about regret, I truly have no regrets, I try to live everyday in the present not having one foot in the future or one foot in the past. I try to stay in the present everyday and to be grateful and thankful to God for life.

    My next question is about Mr. Donald Trump. What do think about 45th US president and about his political views?

    As far as the new president goes, it would be an understatement to say that we don’t see eye to eye. I am a person who cares about the environment, who cares about animal rights, women’s rights and human rights. And that’s really all I care to say about this. There are many, many issues that I cannot agree with the choices that he is making or has already made. We would need another 5 or 10 hours to truly cover all the issues when it comes to Trump but that’s all I want to say for now.


    • Stars That Are Miserable A$$holes

      I guess Kim Basinger too. Basinger and Baldwin terrorized Hollywood during their brief marriage and on the set of whatever movie that was.

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    • I guess I like Kim Basinger in some work (“The Door in the Floor” stands out for me), I don’t know, I think she reached her potential. One film in which I thought she had weak moments in was 1992’s “Internal Affairs”. I mean, maybe it’s just Lee, but some of her lines, at times, just didn’t sell.


      • I know wonder if Kim like another blonde-haired sex symbol from back in the day, Sharon Stone, was simply born in the wrong era. I said elsewhere, that Kim may have been the Marilyn Monroe of her era (and of course, there’s the Veronica Lake angle in connection to “LA Confidential”). Meanwhile, this is what I posted on Sharon Stone’s WTHHT page to give you some proper context:

        In a nutshell, as Kim was emerging in the mid-to-late ’80s with stuff like “9 & 1/2 Weeks”, it was essentially the era where if an actress was seen as a sexpot, the only thing she was good for was appearing in nude and graphic sex scenes (especially the stuff that she did w/ Alec Baldwin in “The Getaway”). And also like Sharon Stone, Kim Basinger could really only play the sex god thing for so long.


    • When I first came across this I got confused because I instantly assumed that the “Georgia” that was spoken about was the American state of Georgia for which Kim Basinger is from.and not the country Georgia, which is in the Caucasus region of Eurasia.

      With that being said, I’m going to always question Scarlett Johansson’s merits as a human being given her support of an alleged pedophile in Woody Allen (whom she’s worked with at least three times at this point). If you blindly support him, then you have little credibility in the “role model” department.

      And what has she made about the backlash against Allen? “I’m unaware that there’s been a backlash. I think he’ll continue to know what he knows about the situation, and I’m sure the other people involved have their own experience with it. It’s not like this is somebody that’s been prosecuted and found guilty of something, and you can then go, ‘I don’t support this lifestyle or whatever.’ I mean, it’s all guesswork.”

      Scarlett Johansson added (from VARIETY):
      Scarlett Johansson has spoken for the first time about the Woody Allen sexual abuse allegations since being called out in Dylan Farrow’s open letter last month, and she calls the criticism “irresponsible.”

      Johansson was one of several Hollywood figures, along with Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and others, to be addressed by Allen’s estranged daughter in an open letter detailing Farrow’s alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Allen. Johansson has finally spoken out about the controversy in an interview with the Guardian, published Saturday.

      “I think it’s irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on,” Johansson said. “That just feels irresponsible to me.”

      Kim in general here seems to be speaking in what can be considered as being false platitudes. I don’t entirely buy her comments about not trying to live in the past, when in one particular interview from last year, she couldn’t help herself from taking a dig at her ex-Alec Baldwin (i.e. “She went from being offered Julia Roberts’ role in the film “Sleeping With the Enemy” to in real life, actually “sleeping with the enemy”). Maybe I’m looking too much into this, but Kim Basinger often (in the interviews that I’ve read of her) comes across as a very self-serving (why don’t you SHOW instead of just telling that your a person who cares about this and that as if you’re better than anybody else), downright narcissistic person.


    • One thing that I’ve come to the conclusion regarding Kim Basinger is that she seems rather boastful (like she deserves or warrants a “badge of honor” of sorts for her stances) to the point of self-righteousness/self-aggrandizement in many of the interviews that I’ve read of her. She’s also a person who quite frankly, is “All talk and no action”.

      Kim Basinger is the type of person who will take a bullet for a chicken’s life but stay all the way silent on actual human suffering. I’ve never for example, seen or heard about Kim Basinger take a stand for the plight of minority people or people of color/prejudice outside of her “faux woke” moment at the 1990 Oscars (when Kim had her little “awakening” after seeing Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing”) .

      And if you hang out with PETA than quite frankly, you loose credibility on her “animal rights card”.


  32. Hollywood’s Mr and Mrs Toxic: Alec Baldwin’s new book reveals the true nature of the love-hate relationship he had with tempestuous ex-wife Kim Basinger

    His feelings are a little more mixed about the gorgeous but temperamental Kim Basinger.
    He met the Batman star in 1990 on the set of the prophetically-titled romantic comedy Too Hot To Handle. She was 37, he was 33.

    She had a chequered history — including reported affairs with Prince and Richard Gere, her confessed dabbling with cocaine and a string of raunchy film roles, including 9½ Weeks.
    ‘I love men and I love sex,’ she said. Baldwin admits he was warned off her, but he plunged into an affair regardless.

    On set, they were one of the most volatile pairings in Hollywood history. Skating over the details in his supposedly tell-all memoirs, Baldwin dismisses reports of them behaving like ‘two spoiled, ridiculous children’ as ‘largely fiction’.

    He identifies only one accusation — that Basinger insisted on washing her hair with Evian water — as being wrong. But that was the least of it.

    It was claimed the couple made the director so unwell he had to go hospital with pneumonia and dehydration as a result of their tyrannical demands and volcanic tempers.

    What production staff called Basinger’s ‘sexual obsession’ increased the tension. Sound engineers were shocked to overhear, between takes, what she asked her lover to do to her. ‘Think of the dirtiest things you can think of,’ recalled a crew member.

    Others said she didn’t wear underwear on set and sat in the director’s chair with her legs apart, prompting startled assistants to try to cover her modesty with a towel.

    For his part, Baldwin was said to have taken offence at the slightest mishap on set, smashing mobile phones against walls and once hurling a chair.

    One studio hand said: ‘Their actions were vile, deplorable, despicable.’ Baldwin never commented on the reports at the time, while Basinger admitted making the film was ‘the worst situation anyone could imagine — ever’.

    As TO their relationship, Baldwin says he was impressed by her unpretentiousness and her image as a ‘pure, uncompromising iconoclast’.

    He soon changed his tune. ‘Life with Kim was centered around the narcissistic passions of two childless actors,’ he says now. ‘Kim could be funny. She could be a mess. But, most of all, Kim was about Kim.’

    For example, he reveals how, when she was sued for breach of promise by the producers of a film she never made, during the subsequent trial, she would sit on the edge of their bed each morning. She then ‘quietly started sobbing’ as she tried to work out what to wear to project the ‘right’ image to jurors.

    ‘It was heartbreaking’, says Baldwin, apparently sincerely.

    The ‘slightest criticism could set her off,’ he recalls, and he would join in. Once, he spent a morning ‘screaming’ at her lawyers about how he wanted to kill a journalist who had said she was capricious, irresponsible and shamelessly extravagant.

    Baldwin and Basinger married in 1993. But the relationship inevitably foundered.

    Just when it seemed they would break up, she gave birth to a daughter, Ireland. Baldwin says he lit a candle in their bedroom to thank God for the baby and has done so every night since.

    But his marriage still ended. He blames Basinger — saying she transferred all her love to their child. His bitter and protracted fight for custody was ‘like fighting cancer’, he says callously. Some years ago, Baldwin wrote an entire book — a ‘cri de coeur’, he calls it — about that fight. Now, he accuses Basinger of such unscrupulous tactics as blocking his access to their daughter, ignoring court orders and trying to poison the girl against him.

    He’s still angry, describing the ‘hateful, rapacious’ lawyers and ‘cowardly’ judges in the case, and Basinger for ‘glaring and tapping her watch’ to indicate it was time for him to wrap up his precious visits with their daughter.

    After seven years of legal fighting, Baldwin — frustrated that Basinger was getting her own way — left an angry voicemail message (which was later leaked) for their daughter in which he called her ‘a rude, thoughtless little pig’ for avoiding his phone calls.

    The message — which he doesn’t repeat in the few paragraphs he assigns the scandal in his book — goes on: ‘You don’t have the brains or the decency as a human being . . . I don’t give a damn that you’re 12 years old or 11 years old or that you’re a child or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass.’

    He issued an apology later but he doesn’t sound completely repentant now. In his talk on Sunday, he told how Warren Beatty rang him and said ‘if they ever played back what he said to his kids, he’d be in prison now’.

    Unconvincingly, Baldwin claims in his new memoir that those who understood the true nature of the situation ‘knew the words on that tape were actually aimed at someone else’ and not Ireland.


    • I think that it’s safe to say that both Alec and Kim are almost equally at fault for why their marriage crumbled and why their daughter seems to have so many “issues”. I said prior that the two of them were too emotionally immature and self-centered to co-exist and be effective parents. Alec seems to be very controlling and incapable of dealing with his problems/grievances without being confrontational and antagonistic. Kim herself, seems to have very low self-esteem and is too flaky, permissive and self-consciousness to truly function as a “normal” human being.



      In 2000, Baldwin and Basinger spent the year in a rented house in Bridgehampton. (They had bought a house in Amagansett, nearby, but it was being renovated.) Their daughter went to school locally. But, as Baldwin put it, “some people, no matter what you say, you can’t get them to come into the water.” That is, Basinger wanted a cloistered life, as he saw it, whereas he wanted to be out in the world. (Billy Baldwin, talking more bluntly of what he saw as Basinger’s difficult behavior, said, “Alec’s friends, family members, people in Hollywood had been asking, basically, ‘Should we do an intervention?’ ”—to extract him from the relationship. “I wish he’d figured it out after three or four years, not ten.”) Alec Baldwin’s final dispute with Basinger, as he recalls it, was about Ireland’s repeatedly catching colds at the end of that year. Baldwin saw this as normal, and good for a child’s immune system; Basinger saw a Long Island winter making her daughter sick. In December, the couple broke up, and Basinger took Ireland back to L.A., where they also had a place. (Basinger, through a representative, declined to comment for this article.)

      “Does it seem like American tourists are less arrogant than they used to be?”
      In 2002, after a period of improvised custody-sharing, Basinger and Baldwin entered litigation—Basinger now equipped with a lawyer whose name evokes, in Baldwin, a desire to find an insult that outperforms all earlier insults he has thrown at the man. In various venues and, eventually, in open court, the parties argued about Baldwin’s access to his daughter. Baldwin has many complaints about the family-law system, and some record of this is in “A Promise to Ourselves,” his forthcoming book, but his primary focus is what he regards as a simple injustice: he hoped to have a reasonable share of his daughter’s time, and his ex-wife and her representatives were able to thwart him, in various ways, for years, in part by reference to behavior traits—or failings—that had not disbarred him from fatherhood when he was married. (So, for example, in 2002 Baldwin agreed to attend a course of twelve anger-management sessions. At the time, he was shooting “Second Nature,” in London. He remembers standing on the street after the last session “and just sobbing that they had put this enormous obstacle in my way and I had succeeded.”) When I asked Baldwin if he could have made the process smoother or quicker, he bristled: “That’s where the thing gets twisted around to where the persistence of the father to want to have enforcement of his parental rights is viewed as abusive and aggressive—pathological behavior. ‘All of our problems would go away if you would just back off. Why can’t you just back off? You’ll see the kid when I tell you that you can see the kid.’ ”

      Some mental-health professionals employ the term Parental Alienation Syndrome to describe a condition in children damaged by one parent’s propaganda about the other. (It’s not formally recognized as a psychiatric disorder.) But “parental alienation” is also used in a looser, less clinical way—as Baldwin uses it—to refer to the mere daily flow of parental undermining. “Parental alienation is about people who narcissistically project their whole reality onto a child: ‘I don’t need you, so the child doesn’t need you,’ ” he said. “And what you ultimately realize is the clock that they’ve been running out is childhood itself. The kid goes from five to six to eight. Kids have school, they have friends; the next thing—my daughter is twelve. They have no use for either of their parents when they’re twelve. And you’ve missed everything. You’ve gotten only these little time-lapse things. The goal of the alienating parent is to kill contiguous time. People need reliability. They need regularity. And I’ve been a victim of a campaign to kill all that. You wind up being more an uncle than a father.” Sometimes, in order to have lunch with Ireland, Baldwin flew to California in the morning and flew back overnight, to be at a rehearsal the next day.


      • Hollywood’s most messed up families

        The Baldwins

        Alec Baldwin isn’t winning any father of the year awards anytime soon. He infamously yelled at his daughter, Ireland Baldwin, in a voicemail, calling her a “thoughtless little pig ” in 2007. Ireland was just 11 years old at the time. As a result, his visitation rights were suspended, adding another bullet point to his nasty custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

        A decade later, Baldwin says that voicemail still haunts him. “It’s thrown in your face every day,” he told Good Morning America in 2017. “There are people who admonish me or attack me and use that as a constant spearhead to do that… It’s a scab that never heals ’cause it’s being picked at all the time by other people. My daughter, that’s hurt her in a permanent way.” 

        However, there are signs that this daddy-daughter relationship has improved. Ireland poked fun at the past in an Instagram post in 2015. Sitting next to her father reading a kid’s book called If I Were a Pig, she captioned the snap “If I Were A Pig… I would be Rude and Thoughtless of course!”


  33. “I Dreamed of Africa” author in ‘stable condition’ after shot by raiders

    I recall that “I Dreamed of Africa” was Kim Basinger’s first big post-“LA Confidential” vehicle (she dubiously didn’t release a movie in-between that, which quite likely helped sapped her post-Oscar momentum). And like “Bless the Child”, which came out a few months later, it flat out bombed both critically and commercially. That for all intents and purposes, effectively ended Kim’s A-list leading lady career for good. It’s like Kim figured that she now had the clout to make a movie that she personally wanted to see (i.e. one that concentrated on animal welfare) and the public flat out told her that we didn’t need a wannabe “Out of Africa”.



    He revolutionized the sex life of a whole generation thanks to ‘Nine Weeks and a Half’, was Bond girl and participated in one of the best deliveries of Batman. And this May marks the 20th anniversary of the release of his great film: ‘LA Confidential’.


    Titanic may have been the highest grossing film in history and the most Oscar-winning film ever, the same as Ben-Hur and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King . But with Kim Basinger could not. For her it was the award for Best Supporting Actress that year by LA Confidential . As before, he had also taken the Golden Globe.

    With the golden statuette she also managed to break what seemed like two curses: she became the first actress to win an Oscar after having posed for Playboy and was also the first Bond girl
    -participated in Never Say Never Again -that achieved this recognition.

    And that which repeatedly rejected the role of LA. Confidential . According to him, because he did not want to play a prostitute. Nor was it in his best professional moment. He was 43 years old and had three years without work. She lived in the care of her only daughter, Ireland Baldwin, and had been ruined by an unreasonable investment: she bought a village and wanted to build a theme park on it. Also for refusing to star in Boxing Elena after having committed to do so, which cost several million dollars claimed by the producers.

    But the director, Curtis Hanson, insisted until she agreed to work on the film. I knew that no one like Basinger could play that fatal female character and fill it with all the glamor and all the sensuality of Hollywood in the 50’s, when the story went on. The film premiered at Cannes on May 14, 1997, forcing Kim Basinger to attend the screening and do something she hates: seeing herself on the big screen. When he finished, he said to Hanson, “Well, it’s not bad, is it?”

    They had spent more than ten years then another of the milestones of his career: Nine weeks and a half . “I became an actress when I filmed that movie,” he said. “I went through the whole range of emotions you can feel. It was an exorcism for me. ” Although the shooting became a hell. Director Adrien Lyne wanted Basinger to feel genuine fear of his partner and lover in the movie, Mickey Rourke , and he had no qualms about it until he did: he forbade them both to see or talk when they were not shooting, he did everything he could to That she would feel uncomfortable and even Rourke twisted his arm and slapped him before recording a scene.

    The film was a disaster at the American box office, but when it came to Europe and video clubs in the United States became a social phenomenon and much more than that: a symbol of the 80s, with its light sadomasochism , its aesthetic video and That yuppie , interpreted by Rourke, like model of the social success, the materialism and the psicopatía of the time. In addition, the destructive relationship between the two characters revolutionized the sexual life of many couples of the time, who perhaps did not go that far, but did encourage themselves to play with food, blindfolds, ice …

    Although today one of the main criticisms that is made to the tape is that there was very little sex. Some people have even bothered to quantify the issue. According to the magazine People last year , coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the film, there were barely two minutes and 46 seconds of erotic scenes, compared to more than fourteen of 50 shades of Gray .

    Nor did it help the film to solve the problems of the actress with its first husband, the makeup artist Ron Snyder. Although the couple endured two more years. Until Basinger filmed Tim Burton’s Batman , his biggest blockbuster, and then joined Jon Peters, the producer, and soon after, with Prince. The musician took care of the soundtrack and both lived a torrid romance. They say that they are even heard of having sexual relations in the song Scandalous sex suite .

    And, she said it years ago in an interview: “I am not Mother Teresa of Calcutta, I have done many wild things in my life. Trust me”. Or stay with this other phrase: “I love men and sex.” Those who filmed with the actress She always says yes can give a good account of it. It was the film in which he met his second husband, Alec Baldwin, where they started their relationship and did not cut too much to take advantage of the breaks to have fun in the dressing room and scandalize the entire team, if there was still someone in Hollywood capable of such a thing.

    The most curious thing about the subject, or the most paradoxical, is that Basinger has always been defined as a great shy. At school, for example, he found it impossible to speak in class. To the point of fainting if she had to, and then, as an adult, she suffered agoraphobia and spent months locked in her house before receiving professional help. This image of insecure and vulnerable woman collides with that of the consecrated actress we all remember and with the model of success that was in her youth. “I was probably the worst model that has ever existed, although I made a lot of money, I worked mainly in advertising and magazines. He carried everything in his wallet. I did not even have an account in the bank. I went through life with checks of $ 25,000, “he commented on that stage of his life.

    The current Kim Basinger is 63 years old and her appearance changes depending on the attentions or the clumsiness of her plastic surgeons. It has gone through terrible times and there are photos that prove it. Now it looks better. He maintains a relationship with Mitch Stone, his hairdresser, and continues to work from time to time at the movies. Not too much either. His last role has been in the second delivery of 50 shades of Gray, where he plays the woman who introduced the star to the protagonist A wink to Nine and a half weeks?


  35. Since today, June 21 is officially “National Selfie Day”, I would like to bring up an old interview with somebody who more than likely isn’t going to celebrate the occasion:

    While Kim Basinger’s daughter Ireland Baldwin posts endless selfies, the 60-year-old actress is no fan of the online obsession.

    “If you look at this generation of selfies and selfies and selfies, it seems a little bit scary,” she tells Interview. “I like to see a driven kid, somebody who wants to come from the ground up . . . you just don’t know what’s going to happen to this generation.”

    Basinger also admits that despite her sexy image, “I’m more bare-footed Rastafarian, crazy.”


    • Ms. Kim also thinks that social media is “dangerous” for teenagers even though new reports suggest that they might actually be good for them:
      “Kim Basinger defies her 60 years in artsy desert shoot…calls social media ‘dangerous’ for teenagers like her daughter Ireland (Daily Mail – Jul 11, 2014)”:

      Basinger has witnessed first-hand how ‘dangerous’ and ‘troubling’ social media can be for teenagers like her 18-year-old daughter Ireland. She told the mag: ‘The way [teens] communicate now and not having to go face-to-face. I just think there are quite a few negative things about it. It’s just troubling. It’s troubling, especially since I do have a teenager — I know what I’m talking about. But we’ll see where it goes.’

      “On the whole, teens said that they feel that social media has a more positive than negative impact on their social and emotional lives,” said Shira Lee Katz, Common Sense Media’s director of digital media. “They believe that social media helps their friendships, makes them feel more outgoing and gives them confidence.”


  36. I went to the cast part of “Hard Country” at Wool Growers. I was a TV reporter and had a date with Micheal Kane the writer of the movie. I didn’t see ol’ Kim as glamorous. She was married to a guy in Atlanta at the time. She looked anorexic, absolutely zero figure, pale with dark circles under her eyes and a big dark alley down her blond hair.She was having an affair with Jan Michael Vincent, and both were drunk out of their minds. She was disgusting!


    • What guy in Atlanta? Hard Country was filmed in 79, right? She wasn’t married then. This is the first I’ve heard of an affair with JMV and I’ve done a lot of reading on her. I thought she took up with the guy who did her makeup & hair on that movie?


    • I’m not that surprised to learn about that story. Despite her glamorous image, Kim Basinger has in the past, shown habits of conducting herself in a decidedly unsophisticated, uncouth manner. Around the time that “Batman” was out, Kim did an interview with I believe “Vogue” (it was accompanied by these beautiful photos taken by Herb Ritts), where when talking about the town that she recently purchased down in Georgia, she boasted about learning how to perform oral sex in the fields while as a teenage (talk about TMI).

      Even outside of that it seemed like more than often, when she was coming up, Kim Basinger would always talk heavily about sex. One of the more damning things that I’ve read about Kim Basinger is that she’s like the local or small town cheerleader who somehow “made it” to Hollywood.

      And then there’s of course all of the stories about her (and Alec Baldwin for that matter) obnoxious behavior on the set of “The Marrying Man”, where Kim allegedly would routinely flash the crew (in other words, she didn’t wear any underwear) and talk really filthy over open walkie-takies.

      There’s also that 1991 “Movieline” interview in which a seemingly embittered Kim Basinger compared her rather paltry pay-day for “Batman” (in contrast to the type of money that Jack Nicholson and the producers, Peter Guber and Jon Peters made) to being “raped”.


      • When I met Kim, I thought this woman must have a fantastic make up man and a really super Wonder Bra. Plus, she was anything but a lady. Hollywood can really create miracles.


        • I think that I said on here a while ago when you previously brought up that story about meeting Kim Basinger and Jan-Michael Vincent back in the day, is that I believe that Kim in a lot of ways appears to have very low self-esteem. Kim Basinger a has pretty much allowed fear, anxiety and paranoia control her life, which in themselves, isn’t healthy. I wish that it was still on YouTube but Irvin Kershner on the special DVD features for “Never Say Never Again” talked about how hard it was to direct Kim, who at one point broke down and cried and ran off the set (and Kersher had to get Sean Connery to calm her down).

          She also pretty much turned herself into a personal doormat for Alec Baldwin (hooking up with him in the very first place just proved that she had major security issues) and allowing her daughter to pretty much dictate and run rough-shot on her life (right down to convincing her to do “Fifty Shades Darker”) just about adds fuel to the point. Kim should’ve known better to not dive into to projects that were potentially demeaning or insulting to women or her own self-worth like “Boxing Helena” (I’m guessing that Kim was initially intrigued because it would’ve allowed her to force people to see her beyond being a sex object or a blonde bombshell), “Cellular”, and especially, “Fifty Shades Darker”.


    • I think that I alluded to on here that besides some form of Narcissistic personality disorder along with aviodant personality disorder, Kim seems to also borderline personality disorder. It kind of makes sense when you start looking into Kim’s history (with men like Prince, her first husband, Richard Gere, Jon Peters and Alec Baldwin, isolating herself from most of her immediate family, and her more questionable career choices like buying the town in Georgia and her inappropriate behavior on the set of “The Marrying Man”):

      Having an unstable or dysfunctional self-image or a distorted sense of self (how one feels about one’s self)

      Feelings of isolation, boredom and emptiness

      Difficulty feeling empathy for others

      A history of unstable relationships that can change drastically from intense love and idealization to intense hate

      A persistent fear of abandonment and rejection, including extreme emotional reactions to real and even perceived abandonment

      Intense, highly changeable moods that can last for several days or for just a few hours
      Strong feelings of anxiety, worry and depression

      Impulsive, risky, self-destructive and dangerous behaviors, including reckless driving, drug or alcohol abuse and having unsafe sex


      Unstable career plans, goals and aspirations


  37. The latest issue of Closer has a page about Kim’s current relationship. I’ll open this rag from time to time if the cover story’s interesting. Anyway they quote something Kim said at least 25 years ago (“I don’t jump from one person to another…”) but make it sound like she just said this last week. Gave me a chuckle.


    • Kim Basinger Gushes About Boyfriend Mitch Stone: “Our Relationship Was a Beautiful Surprise!”

      At age 63, Kim Basinger is finally happier and more in love than ever!

      After two past failed marriages, the Oscar-winning actress is now dating her longtime hairstylist, Mitch Stone. “They’ve been having a great time and doing fine,” a source close to Kim and her boyfriend recently told Closer Weekly. “He’s even brought Kim to meet his parents twice already, and they’re very impressed by her.”

      Kim and Mitch, 53, reportedly began dating back in 2014 after being friends for nearly 20 years. “[Our relationship came as a] beautiful surprise,” the Fifty Shades Darker star previously revealed. “I don’t jump from one person to another. I really love to be with who I’m with.”

      According to Kim’s close friend, the two are a perfect match. “She doesn’t act like a huge celebrity. She’s sweet, intelligent, unassuming and very articulate. I can notice a change in Mitch now that he’s been dating her. He’s much calmer, more mature,” the source told Closer.

      “We want them both to be happy, and they are,” the insider added. “It’s uplifting to see them together.”

      Kim was previously married to makeup artist Ron Snyder from 1980 to 1989 and to actor Alec Baldwin — with whom she has a 21-year-old daughter, Ireland Baldwin — from 1993 until 2002.

      “I truly have no regrets. I try to live every day in the present,” the actress once said of her past relationships. “The great thing about [growing older] is that you learn from mistakes. You calm down and enjoy [life] more.”

      As for her messy divorce with Alec? Kim assured the two are on good terms today, though she’s disappointed with how much their split hurt their daughter, Ireland, who was just seven years old at the time.

      MORE: Alec Baldwin on His Infamous Voicemail to Daughter Ireland — “That’s Hurt Her in a Permanent Way”

      “[Alec and I are] cool now, though. Life goes on,” she recently told Net-a-Porter’s magazine The Edit. “Divorce is hard on a kid, no matter how you cut it. And ours was very public and nasty.”

      We’re so glad Kim has found love again with Mitch!



    This former A+ list mostly movie actress is taking her barely celebrity offspring/wannabe model on a trip. The thing is though, the trip is really an attempt to get the offspring 100% sober and the offspring doesn’t know it yet. Kim Basinger/Ireland Baldwin


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