It has been widely reported that Hollywood superstar Sharon Stone had a very close call while filming the movie Basic Instinct 2. During a dramatic underwater accident scene with co-star Stan Collymore, Ms. Stone was caught up when her strapped sandal got stuck in a floor grate that was specially prepared for the stunt while she was trying to escape from a vehicle. The Northern Echo gave this account:
"...Filming the underwater scene, with Stone and Collymore trapped in the car in a tank nearly proved fatal for the actress after the heel of her shoe got caught and trapped her in the sunken car. "It was frightening because the shoe that I had on was a sandal with a buckled ankle strap," she says.
"I knew that it was dangerous going in because the floor had a metal grating so that the water could come up through the floor... "
At the British website contactmusic.com This was written about the ordeal:
"SHARON STONE was so traumatised by a drowning sequence in BASIC INSTINCT 2 she is fitting a safety device to her family car to make sure she can escape if her motor ever ends up underwater. The actress was trapped underwater when her foot got caught in a car crash scene, leaving her fighting for breath. And even though she's a qualified deep sea diver, the incident made her realise that you can never be too careful. She says, "Quite frankly I'm getting one of those things that you put in your car that you drill into the side that if you do go under water it busts the window. I think every car should come standard with those things because how do you get out of your car if something like that happens." Stone admits she's still haunted by the memory of almost drowning. She adds, "It was so traumatic. I've had all sorts of nightmares. I'll be sitting having dinner with someone and realise I'm holding my breath. I'd wake up at night during the days when we were shooting the car scene thinking, 'I can't breathe.' It was so intense and so stressful to shoot that scene."
Not everyone realizes the tremendous physical condition that Sharon Stone keeps herself in or the fact that as a member of Mensa her considerable intelligence. The fact that this nearly fatal scenario had such a profound impact on her despite all the precautions taken when filming stunt scenes in big budget movies is testament to the fact that Ms. Stone fully "gets it" on the subject of vehicle submersion drowning. I am glad that Sharon Stone was not injured or killed because of this automotive danger.
My hope is that perhaps some good can come of this near tragedy. Sharon Stone's opinion that all vehicles should be equipped with a tool to facilitate exiting a vehicle in the case of entrapment is dead on and matches what we've been saying for years. Our problem has been getting the message out. Since Ms. Stone's opinion commands so much more attention than the average person's in the arena of public opinion, perhaps this problem will finally start to get some traction in the media. As the public finally learns of the tens of thousands of deaths related to this danger and of the practical, effective and relatively inexpensive solution that is the Escape Tip (www.escapetip.com), I hope that they will let their elected leaders know that it is time to make this safety modification. Sometimes, this is how these things get started. Perhaps, after being roundly ignored by the press for five years, the words of true Hollywood Royalty will be the spark that ignites the process that leads to hundreds of saved lives each year in this country and even more worldwide.
Stranger things have happened...