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updated 10/06/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/06/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>Jane Hamsher


WHEN NOVICE MOVIE PRODUCER JANE Hamsher made a deal with the Oscar-winning director of Platoon to film 1994's Natural Born Killers, she didn't expect to find Oliver stoned. But in her new book Killer Instinct, Hamsher says that during off-hours she saw Stone guzzle tequila and smoke pot. On another occasion she found herself in a van with Stone and a lot of psychedelic mushrooms. Stone, after spottin. a police roadblock, began sprinting around "with his suede bomber jacket spread wide to catch the wind. 'Oh, good,' I thought. 'That'll throw the cops off.' "

In 1991, Hamsher and her partner had paid $10,000 for the rights to the film's original script by Quentin Tarantino. Having trashed both Stone and Tarantino ("a geek") in the book, Hamsher, 33, may be burning bridges, but she's drawing lots of smiles in Hollywood. Will she ever eat lunch in that town again? She has several movies in development, but don't look for her name on the next Oliver Stone film. "You have allowed your rage and need for revenge," he wrote her, "to thoroughly distort your perception of events." Hamsher counters that "the book has triggered more people who want to work with us." Some, though, aren't buying the book's depiction of Hamsher, on her first major film, as a sage surrounded by idiots. "It's amazing how any movie ever got made without Jane there to make sure it was done right," snipes one industry insider. "To read her book, you would think she is Cecil B. Hamsher."

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