Sharon Stone divides fans as she suggests Meryl Streep is overrated Im a better villain

GMB: Sharon Stone avoids questioning on Basic Instinct

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Sharon Stone, 63, has sparked a frenzy online after she claimed that there are many actresses who are equally talented as Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, 72, but they have never matched her fame or critical acclaim. The Basic Instinct star’s suggestions that Meryl is overrated as an actor went viral after she made the comments in an interview with Everything Zoomer last month.

Some Twitter users took to the micro-blogging site to praise Sharon for her successful film career.

However, others rushed to defend Mamma Mia! star Meryl’s achievements in Hollywood in light of Sharon’s remarks.

Sharon’s comments about Meryl came after interviewer Johanna Schneller referenced the star’s memoir The Beauty Of Living Twice and mentioned a line about how Hollywood forces women to compete for a more limited number of roles.

“It was put to us that there could be room for only one,” Sharon wrote in her book. 

Johanna then asked the actress about when she “finally got to work with Meryl Streep” on Steven Soderbergh’s Netflix film The Laundromat.

Sharon objected to the question, as she replied: “I like the way you phrase that, that I finally got to work with Meryl Streep.

“You didn’t say, ‘Meryl finally got to work with Sharon Stone.’ Or we finally got to work together.”

Sharon added: “Because that’s the way her life went, she got built up to be, ‘Everyone wants to work with Meryl.’ I wonder if she likes that?”

The star went on to share her opinion that she and her fellow actresses are often measured against Meryl.

She told the publication: “The business was set up that we should all envy and admire Meryl because only Meryl got to be the good one. And everyone should compete against Meryl.

“I think Meryl is an amazingly wonderful woman and actress. But in my opinion, quite frankly, there are other actresses equally as talented as Meryl Streep. The whole Meryl Streep iconography is part of what Hollywood does to women.”

Sharon then argued: “Viola Davis is every bit the actress Meryl Streep is. Emma Thompson. Judy Davis. Olivia Colman. Kate Winslet, for f***’s sake. But you say Meryl and everybody falls on the floor.”

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The star went on to compare herself and Meryl’s talents in playing cinematic villains.

She declared: “I’m a much better villain than Meryl and I’m sure she’d say so.

“Meryl was not gonna be good in Basic Instinct or in Casino. I would be better. And I know it. And she knows it.”

Sharon’s comments set tongues wagging online, with writer and film critic Kyle Turner writing: “Sharon Stone is right and she should say it. Streep is overrated and has barely done any even okay work in over a decade.”

A fan added: “I do love Meryl Streep and think she is a phenomenal actress but Sharon Stone is right!!!!!!”

A third person tweeted: “When Sharon Stone said this: ‘Viola Davis is every bit the actress Meryl Streep is. Emma Thompson. Judy Davis. Olivia Colman. Kate Winslet for f***s sake’ She really did speak the truth.”

One fan understood both sides of the argument, commenting: “I love Meryl Streep and I can also get what Sharon Stone is saying ..”

Journalist and film writer Mark Harris defended Meryl and her career, penning: “I love Sharon Stone, but on this one, I am a ‘Let me check this against the historical record’ Film Gay, not a ‘Tell your messy chaotic truth, gurl!’ Film Gay. Sorry!”

A Twitter user then penned: “I hate the nasty narrative that somehow Meryl works TOO much and steals roles. Maybe the conversation should be we don’t write enough roles for people like Sharon Stone and Judy Davis to thrive in.”

Another movie fan suggested: “Sharon Stone is right there are actors equally talented as Meryl Streep. It has nothing to do with being overrated it shows the film industry for too long did not give more actresses the material Streep was given.”

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