1987 was a good year for action movies. Already in this bracket game we have seen the genre-defining buddy cop movie, Lethal Weapon. But the year also included The Living Daylights, Beverly Hills Cop II, Stakeout, and The Running Man among others. Today’s contestants blended action with science-fiction to become two of the more enduring movies of the year. It’s Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator vs. Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop.
Looking back at the October 1995 issue of Movieline Magazine, there were lots of Halloween goodies. At the time Paul Verhoeven sat down for this interview, he was coming off three box office hits in a row. The director was promoting his follow-up to Basic Instinct. Showgirls was already generating controversy for its racy content and the potential to become the first NC-17 movie to receive a wide release. Verhoeven seems optimistic that American audiences are ready for sexy movies while bracing for the political attacks he expects will come from Senator Bob Dole and his followers. Of course twenty years later, we now know that Showgirls was a massive failure that contributed to the downfall of its studio, director and starlet not to mention the viability of the NC-17 rating.
In this pre-Showgirls interview from Movieline Magazine from 1995, Verhoeven discusses the dark side of Vegas, describes a lap dance and talks about the joys of working with young, unknown actors whom he can mold. The director, who also has a PhD in math, also describes his love of nudity – especially female nudity and confesses that he never saw Saved By the Bell. He also calls out Sharon Stone for her version of the famous leg-uncrossing scene from Basic Instinct.
This week, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the greatest cult movie about Vegas showgirls ever to ruin the movie career of a Saved By the Bell cast member. It is admittedly a very narrow category. Critics hated it. Audiences stayed home. The movie and its star were held up for ridicule. But two decades later, we’re still talking about Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls. So here’s some totally awesome facts you need to know.