Kim Basinger, 63, looked every bit the seductress as she arrived in a black silk gown at the premiere for her new film Fifty Shades Darker, the leather and whips sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey in which she plays the woman who introduced the much younger male lead, Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan, to the world of S&M.
Her character in the film is even dubbed “Mrs. Robinson” though, interestingly enough, in reality a mere six years separated Dustin Hoffman, who played boyish Benjamin Braddock, from Anne Bancroft, the sexually-charged Mrs. Robinson in the 1967 classic The Graduate – the actors were 30 and 36 respectively – yet the latter has come to symbolize the so-called “cougar” template of the older seductress.
What, we wonder, might Mrs. Robinson think of the near 30-year age gap between Oscar-winner Basinger, 63, and Dornan, 34? Of course Basinger’s no stranger to steaming up the screen, famously starring in the 1986 erotic thriller 9½ Weeks, though Dornan will have to watch it on demand given he was four-years-old when it came out.