For example, Verhoeven has competed with eugenicist Jodie Foster to film the life story of Hitler`s favorite directrix Leni Riefenstahl. Verhoeven boasted that Riefenstahl told him that Foster is "not beautiful enough" to player her, and "Leni`s ultimate idea of herself is Sharon Stone in `Basic Instinct,`" which is one of Verhoeven`s films.
Verhoeven then spends a lot of time telling the press that he is actually satirizing the Nazi obsessions of other people like Robert A. Heinlein, and a lot of credulous media-types believe him. For example, Verhoeven persuaded a lot of the critics that his casting an Ernst Roehm wet-dream- like Casper Van Dien as Juan Rico in Starship Troopers was a parody of Heinlein`s Nazi tendencies.
Yet, anybody who has finished the book (which doesn`t include Verhoeven, who said he read only a few chapters) knows that Heinlein played a brilliant trick by not revealing until the next to last page that his narrator-hero is a Tagalog-speaking Filipino.