Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Nicole Kidman was afraid she was wrong playing Lucille Ball, almost quit the film

Nicole Kidman is receiving rave reviews for her role as Lucille Ball in the upcoming film Being Ricardo, but the actor revealed that she almost quit due to concerns that she was not the right person to play a comedy icon.

“When I was struck by the reality of playing with her, I thought: ‘To what did I say yes? Kidman said this week on Live With Kelly and Ryan. “To which I then replied:” Oh no, I’m wrong, everyone thinks I’m wrong, so I’ll try to get around it. “

She made similar comments while watching a film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, which explores Ball’s relationship with her husband and I Love Lucy co-star Desi Arnaz.

At the screening, she said she got to the point where she emailed Sorkin to try and get away from filming the film, Jezebel said.

Ultimately, both Sorkin and producer Todd Black backed down and convinced Kidman to stay.

News of her casting was initially met with some skepticism, with some people complaining that the two women were not alike and that Kidman herself was not known as a comedian. In addition, fans of Will and Grace star Debra Messing demanded that she play Ball, and Messing made it clear that she would like the role.

But the film itself is primarily a drama, not a comedy. Kidman also spoke at the screening of how she trained in comedy to help her become a character. She said she “started by stomping grapes,” referring to the famous “I Love Lucy” scene in which Lucy joins the winemaker stomping grapes in a large vat.

Sorkin has also previously responded to complaints about Kidman not being very much like the late Ball, noting that finding a physical counterpart was not a priority for him.

As it stands, Kidman may have the last laugh. Critics have praised Kidman so far, with one saying that she “embodies the essence of Lucille Ball.” She also received endorsements from Ball’s own daughter, Lucy Arnaz, who said Kidman did “an impressive job.”

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