Sharon Stone Strips

Basic Instinct 2 Korean movie poster

Basic Instinct 2 Korean movie poster

Basic Instinct 2 foreign movie poster

We’re not really trying to pick on Sharon Stone… (If we were, we might ask, why is she auditioning for American Idol with a microphone in hand?) Nor are we interested in mentioning Basic Instinct 2 again. But the IMPAwards site recently pointed out the new Basic Instinct 2 Korean movie poster features an altered version of the original Basic Instinct 2 poster key art. The Korean poster uses the same artwork, but replaces Sharon Stone’s head with a different headshot with wet hair. The only problem is they forget to also replace the original (and dry) hair reflected in the mirrors behind her. Oops.

Photoshoping an actors head onto a different body pose (or a completely different person — a body double) happens all the time, and is known as a head strip. This can be taken further when an actors image is composed of many different “parts” — a face from one image, hair from another pose, body from yet another, etc. — resulting in a sort of “Frankenstein” creation as the final result. This sometimes doesn’t work that well. There are a variety of reasons why actors may find their heads moving from body to body double, the most common being that they haven’t posed for special shoots that some movie poster concepts might require. As an actor reaches a certain popularity, the likelihood of that movie star being unavailable for a needed marketing photo shoot increases exponentially. The solution is a head strip.

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  1. AnthonyMarch 21, 2006 at 9:51 AMReply

    I would love to be a fly on the wall to hear the reason why the dry hair is ok for domestic and the wet hair is necessary for Korea. Apprently inexplicable changes like this are made all the time in Hollywood and I’m always fascinated by what the reasoning could be.

  2. TirthaJuly 28, 2006 at 8:20 AMReply

    what is in Sharon’s hand is not a microphone!!! Don’t you remember the first basic instinct? look at the poster again please…

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