Why Hollywood won’t cast Kim Basinger anymore

Why Hollywood won’t cast Kim Basinger anymore

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As the daughter of a jazz musician and a ballet dancer, Kim Basinger was destined for a career in the performing arts. At age 17, the Georgia native moved to New York City and started working as a model. She famously posed for Playboy in 1983, and that same year appeared opposite Sean Connery in the James Bond movieNever Say Never Again. Playing a Bond girl was only the beginning for Basinger — she became a full-fledged Hollywood sex symbol in the ’80s and early ’90s, pushing the boundaries of the era with movies like 9½ Weeks, an erotic drama in the same vein as Fifty Shades of Grey.

Of course, Basinger appeared in the Fifty Shades franchise many years later, portraying the woman who introduced kinky businessman Christian Grey to the world of BDSM when he was an impressionable teenager. 2017’s Fifty Shades Darker remains Basinger’s most recent feature film appearance. She popped up in critically acclaimed Amazon series Comrade Detective a few months later, but hasn’t been seen on either the big or the small screen since. How did this Oscar-winning star manage to fall off the radar? Here’s why Hollywood won’t cast Kim Basinger anymore.