Nicole Kidman Addresses ‘Being the Ricardos’ Critics


Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball in ‘Being the Ricardos.’
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Hearing all of it. It wouldn’t be simple for anybody to play the position of iconic comic Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos — and critics have been fast to guage since Nicole Kidman was cast.

Kidman, 54, portrays the five-time Emmy winner, who was not solely identified for her hilarious comedy but in addition for her very particular look. The Moulin Rouge star tried her greatest to disregard the judgmental commenters who didn’t suppose she was the proper particular person for the position.

“I tried not to [listen], but I’m a human being, so there’s time when you go, ‘Gosh, maybe I’m not the right person for this,’” the Oscar winner mentioned on the Today show on Monday, December 20, throughout a joint interview along with her costar Javier Bardem. “That’s where having somebody like [writer and director] Aaron [Sorkin], who really said at the beginning, he was like, ‘I’m not wanting a perfect rendition or imitation of Lucy. No, no, no, no, no.’”

Instead, the Newsroom creator, 60, needed to search out the spirit of the late I Love Lucy star — one thing the Big Little Lies alum was capable of faucet into.

“A lot of it I can relate to, and I go ‘Ah, OK, I’ve been in that situation. I know that.’ So, I think those things were relatable,” Kidman defined. “There’s a scene in it where they say, ‘You’re 39, and that’s it. It’s kind of over for you.’ I know that feeling. I sort of had that. And it was like, OK. Where television suddenly opened a door for her, it opened a door for me. Around the same age, I was like, ‘Gosh, that’s kind of — I know that feeling really deeply.’”

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem in ‘Being the Ricardos.’
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While there may be at all times negativity on-line, there’s one one that got here to the Australia native’s protection: Lucy and Desi Arnaz’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz.

“Here’s the deal. You should understand, we are not doing a remake of I Love Lucy. No one has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo,” Lucie, 70, said in a Facebook video posted in January. “It’s the story of Lucille Ball, my actual mother, not Lucy Ricardo, and her husband, Dezi Arnaz, my dad, not Ricky Ricardo. There will be humor in the film, but it is a story of the two of them and how they met and what went right with finding the show, what went wrong, their relationship, their love affair.”

Bardem, 52, has at all times been supportive of his costar, sharing with the Today present earlier this month that the first time he noticed the Bombshell star in character, he was speechless.

“I was doing my test with wardrobe, the hair, the makeup, and then she came in … and there was a silence,” he said at the time. “They really nailed the look of Lucy Ricardo, no? And I felt, ‘Well, here is my wife. Hi. This is your husband. Whether you like it or not, this is your husband.’”

Being the Ricardos is in theaters now and obtainable on Amazon Tuesday, December 21.

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