Nicole Kidman says she was terrified to play Lucille Ball


Nicole Kidman confronted backlash after being cast as Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s biopic “Being The Ricardos.”

And the Oscar-winning actress, 54, has now revealed she was terrified taking up the position of the enduring comedienne, after irate “I Love Lucy” followers argued that Debra Messing would have been a better option.

Kidman made the declare throughout a Q&A in Los Angeles on Saturday evening, following a preview screening of the movie, which is about for basic launch on Dec. 10.

“I had massive trepidation about a month prior, and Aaron had to get on the phone and send me emails saying, ‘You’ve got this,’” Kidman confessed, according to Variety.

The “Big Little Lies” legend stated Sorkin’s help helped her really feel comfy in entrance of the digital camera, as she added: “It was frightening but incredibly exciting.”

Meanwhile, Sorkin himself defended his controversial casting decisions late final week, telling the Hollywood Reporter: “We made this movie during COVID, and so in Zooming with Nicole and [co-star] Javier Bardem and everyone else, I’d make it very clear to them that I am not looking for a physical or vocal impersonation of these people.”

Kidman is pictured on the set of “Being the Ricardos” alongside co-star Javier Bardem. The pair play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, the comedic legends who had been married each on and off-screen.

He added: “I know that Nicole was working on Lucy’s voice for a while, and I wanted to relieve her of that. As far as audience anticipation, that’s something I’m just not worried about. I’m certain that when people see the movie, they’ll leave feeling that Nicole has made a very solid case for herself.”

Indeed, early reception of the movie has been overwhelmingly optimistic, with Kidman incomes rave evaluations for her position. Critics are even claiming she’ll probably snag a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

“Kidman embodies the essence of Lucille Ball, especially in her mannerisms during the rehearsals and filming of episodes,” Variety editor Clayton Davis wrote. “She very well may break your heart, demanding the viewer’s sympathy and a best actress nomination may seem almost certainly in the cards for her.”

Collider’s Perri Nemiroff concurred, stating: “‘Being The Ricardos’ left me in a puddle of tears. What a beautiful and deeply moving behind-the-scenes look at the pressures and complexities involved in making that show – highs, lows and everything in between. Nicole Kidman is INCREDIBLE.”

The movie follows per week on the set of “I Love Lucy” which starred Ball (Kidman) and her husband Desi Arnaz (Bardem).

TCM host Dave Karger wrote: “Last night’s first big screening of ‘Being The Ricardos’ definitely silenced the skeptics. A 5th Oscar nomination for Nicole Kidman seems especially likely.”

The movie follows per week on the set of Ball’s sitcom “I Love Lucy” within the Nineteen Fifties. The legendary comedian appeared on this system reverse her husband, Desi Arnaz. The movie is being dubbed as “a revealing glimpse of the couple’s complex romantic and professional relationship, that takes audiences into the writers’ room, onto the soundstage and behind closed doors.”