Nicole Kidman Tried to Again Out of ‘Being the Ricardos’ Following Casting Criticism


Again in January of this 12 months, when it was introduced that Aaron Sorkin’s long-awaited Lucille Ball biopic would lastly be made, the information was not met with pleasure, however instant criticism. Twitter erupted with opinions, lamenting that Nicole Kidman, who was solid as the enduring comic within the starring position, was not proper for the half. Quick ahead ten months and Being the Ricardos has premiered to early reward and Kidman has formally entered the Oscar race due to her portrayal of Ball. However even Kidman had some doubts about taking up the position at first. Actually, she just lately admitted she nearly gave into the backlash and stepped down from the film all these months in the past.

Whereas showing on Dwell with Kelly and Ryan on Thursday, Kidman revealed she was initially very excited to tackle Ball, pushed by Sorkin’s screenplay, which she says is “pretty much as good as an excellent novel.” Then, “the fact of enjoying [Ball] hit” Kidman. “I went, ‘what have I stated sure to?’”

Kidman informed Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest that, fueled by the criticism, she instantly tried to again out of the job. “I went, ‘Oh no, I’m not proper. Everybody thinks I am not proper so I’ll attempt to sidestep this.’” Fortunately, the film’s producers, Sorkin and Todd Black, have been there to speak her out of it. “And thank god, as a result of then I used to be so grateful as a result of I obtained to fall in love together with her,” Kidman stated.

Whereas on the film’s New York premiere on Thursday night time, the actress spoke extra about portraying Ball and dealing with Sorkin. There, Kidman revealed the hardest a part of the job was “demystifying” Ball, however Sorkin was there to assist. “That is the wonderful thing about being an actor, is you really are within the arms of the director,” she stated. “We’re not the particular person controlling or steering it, so if he needs it, that was what he needs. That was what he said from the very starting, “I would like you to humanize her. Make them actual.’”

Kidman and Javier Bardem, who portrays Ball’s husband and costar, Desi Arnaz, within the film, held arms as they took on the crimson carpet for the premiere. Kidman appeared to take some inspiration from the ‘50s setting of the movie, carrying a Chanel fall/winter 2021/22 couture gown with a drop waist adorned with two giant bows. She accessorized the look with one other bow in her hair, some Ana Khouri jewels, and a pair of vintage-inspired Chloe Gosselin footwear. Bardem, in the meantime, opted for a one-button maroon coat with black pants, complimenting his film spouse properly.

Being the Ricardos hits choose theaters on Dec. 10 and Amazon Prime Video on Dec. 21.

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