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Golden Globes Around The World Podcast: Joe Eszterhas

Hard to believe it’s been 30 since Sharon Stone uncrossed her legs in Basic Instinct and created an unforgettable movie moment etched into cinema history.

Paul Verhoeven directed the hit film also starring Michael Douglas, but the writer of the movie celebrating its 30th anniversary was Hungarian-American Joe Eszterhas, a former immigrant and refugee who started out as a Rolling Stone reporter and went on to become one of the highest-paid and most famous screenwriters in history.

Eszterhas also wrote the films: Flashdance (1983), Jagged Edge (1985), Jade (1995), and Showgirls (1995) before turning his back on Hollywood and relocating with his family to Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote five best-selling books.

No subject is off-limits when Hungarian HFPA member Aniko Navai interviews Joe Eszterhas for our Golden Globes Around the World podcast, including his father’s trial for war crimes, his battle against Goliath – aka Mike Ovitz – and the truth behind that Sharon Stone scene and whether he can really take credit.