Everyone pretty much remembers Basic Instinct and Sharon Stone for that totally-NSFW leg crossing scene, but pop culture history could have been a lot different had star Michael Douglas gotten his way. Reportedly, Douglas recommended Kim Basinger for the role of Catherine Tramell, but she declined, as did a whole lot of other actresses including Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Geena Davis, and Ellen Barkin. Eventually, relative unknown Stone was offered the part, and it ended up launching her career.