13.8.07

Thoroughly Modest Michelle

It’s back to the big screen for Michelle Pfeifer.

In her latest movie roles, she’s a villain times two.

In “Hairspray,” Pfeiffer plays mean ex-beauty queen Velma Von Tussle opposite John Travolta, who dresses up as a Big Beautiful Woman for his Edna Turnblad role.

And in “Stardust,” Pfeiffer plays a wicked witch who’s on a search for eternal youth.

Speaking of eternal youth, Michelle seems to have found it in real life.

She’s also hung onto something else that in Tinseltown is quite rare—her modesty.

It turns out that Pfeiffer passed on the starring role of the film “Basic Instinct.”

Why? Because she didn’t want to bare it all for the camera.

Had she taken the movie part, Pfeiffer would have played scheming seductress Catherine Tramell. Instead Sharon Stone took the risqué role and the rest is sordid cinematic history.

“I just couldn’t do that one, because of the sexual parts, the nudity. My father was still alive. I’m kind of prudish,” Pfeiffer is quoted as saying by Contactmusic.

The star adds, “I am not that uninhibited about my body. I’m modest.”

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