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"Catherine Tramell is very dangerous, but dangerous women are the most interesting,” says producer Mario F. Kassar. "Sharon made Catherine her own and there are few other actresses and few cinematic characters that can compare. She appears pleasant, smiling and sexy even though she's conniving and manipulative underneath.”

"Catherine is such an iconic character in the world of cinema, if there was going to be the top ten list of cinematic female bad girls she'd clearly be in the top three,” comments producer Michaels. "She could be seen as the most interesting of the bad girls on film because she doesn't come out guns blazing. She does it mentally and psychologically, which I personally find far more interesting and intriguing. If her intellect didn't come into play and she didn't have such substance to her, I don't know if her character would have would have survived all this time.”

"I think Catherine has evolved since the first film,” observes Stone's co-star David Morrissey. "You can't play the same mystery again and certain things are punctuated because of that. She's a whirlwind force — someone who is amazingly sexually liberated. She is not about to be constrained by the conventions of English society. Refusing to play by the rules makes Catherine a wonderful character for people to be around and a frightening person as well. Her great energy and eroticism are completely captivating. She's an alien in English society, which allows her to get on farther. Being American gives her license to behave outrageously because that's how the English perceive Americans. However, there's a point in the script where I call people in the States who have encountered her and I discover her behavior was just as outrageous there.”

For actress Charlotte Rampling, "Catherine Tramell is dangerous because she knows no limits. She's totally immoral. She has no sense of conscience and she has total anarchy in her head. She's her own law and lives in her own world. She's not unique, because there are people like her in the world, but she's fictional. People of her character in the real world are criminals.” "She's a black widow,” says Hugh Dancy. "She seduces people into her web and then maybe kills them, or maybe she doesn't. And that's the whole point.”

"Things have moved on and Catherine has turned up in London to write her new novel. In the process, she meets this gorgeous, smart, delicious psychiatrist whom she lures into her web of deceit," says Stone. "It's a marvelous story and it's beautifully shot and thrilling and fun and funny.”

Stone says her experience with Michael Caton-Jones was as interesting as her working relationship with Paul Verhoeven on the first movie. "The pre-requisite for directing this movie is that you have to be super-smart, slightly twisted and a little perverse," she attests. "You also have to love filmmaking because it's a big ride to make a movie like this. You have to be able to create a lot of twists and turns and thrilling action and you have to be able to direct your actors well. You also need a kind of weird sense of humor and a funny, sexy, kinky take on things.

Most importantly, you have to be experimental. Michael really got all that. He's not a director who goes out every time and makes the same movie. He's tried every genre. He was very cool about taking a Spyker sports car and throwing it into an underwater tank for four days with me in it. It was hard but it was a truly phenomenal experience. I knew if we didn't do things that were on the edge, how could we possibly burst any barriers with this movie?"

Being submerged in 20 feet of water in a sports car with someone who is sixfoot- three and filling up most of the car, may have been exhilarating for Catherine Tramell and the actress who was playing her. But as the water was splashing aro


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