Actor Kidman Brings Lucille Ball To Life In ‘Being the Ricardos’

Premiere of Being the Ricardos in Los Angeles
The cast of Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem pose during the premiere of Being the Ricardos at the Academy Film Museum in Los Angeles, California, U.S. December 6, 2021. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

December 7, 2021

By Rollo Ross

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actors Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem on Monday premiered their latest film “Being the Ricardos” in Los Angeles about Hollywood icons Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who star in the series. classic American sitcom “I Love Lucy” but also a few off-screen.

Tony Hale, who plays executive producer on the sitcom Jess Oppenheimer, said audiences don’t need to know “I Love Lucy” before seeing the Aaron Sorkin-written and directed film.

“Sorkin always wanted us to focus on the humanity of what these characters were going through,” Hale said. “They’re humans dealing with high stakes.”

During a week of making the sitcom, Ball was not only accused by the media of being a Communist, but it was also reported that Arnaz was being unfaithful to her. She also found out that she was pregnant.

Despite showing the couple at their lowest, their daughter Lucie Arnaz has heaped praise on the production, saying Kidman has “my mother’s soul”.

The film depicts the great strides Ball has made as a show business woman, heading her own production studio and pregnant on camera.

“She was the only woman in the room, a room full of men, with executives and she kept herself, self-respecting and very smart about what was right in comedy and what needed to be. do it out of respect for the audience,” said Linda Lavin, Ball’s real-life friend who plays one of the sitcom’s writers.

Bardem told Reuters it was not ideal to shoot the film during the pandemic as he and Kidman were unable to meet before filming to create a comfortable relationship.

“But it happened. It happened because she’s a great actress, and we did our homework and we prepared very well for that,” Bardem said, referring to Kidman.

“Being the Ricardos” will be released in theaters on December 10 in the United States before streaming on Amazon on December 21.

(Reporting by Rollo Ross; Editing by Karishma Singh and Ana Nicolaci da Costa)

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