Nicole Kidman laughs while playing Lucille Ball

FILE PHOTO: Being the Ricardos premiere in Los Angeles
FILE PHOTO: Actress Nicole Kidman appears as she attends the premiere of the film “Being the Ricardos” at the Museum of Cinema in Los Angeles, California, U.S. December 6, 2021. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

December 17, 2021

By Rollo Ross

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nicole Kidman is having a good time.

The Oscar-winning Australian actress got her first real chance at the comedy genre when she played beloved American comedian Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos” and she loves the movie. this.

“In ‘Moulin Rouge,’ I have a little bit of physical comedy and a lot of it, but I rarely get a chance to do these things,” Kidman said.

“It is an honor to do that. … It’s so liberating and fun, and also makes people laugh like, What? This is, like, great fun! ” she added.

“Being the Ricardos,” which streams on Amazon Prime from Tuesday, is behind the scenes of the 1950s TV comedy series “I Love Lucy” that recounts a week in the life of Ball and her real-life husband she and her co-star Desi Arnaz, played. by Javier Bardem.

Ball’s career is threatened by claims that she is a Communist, while the couple’s personal lives are jumbled by rumors that Arnaz has cheated and Ball is newly pregnant.

Earlier this year, the Kidman casting was met with sneak peeks on social media, with fans complaining that the “Big Little Lies” star didn’t look like the glamorous Ball. The criticism rocked Kidman as she prepared to shoot the film, but director and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin convinced her to decline the comments.

“I said yes to this role. Then I said, “Oh my, maybe I’m not right,” Kidman said. “(Sorkin) just believes in me even if I don’t believe in myself.”

Reviews of the film have been mostly warm, with some of the most welcome praise coming from Ball and Arnaz’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz.

Lucie Arnaz said in a YouTube video after seeing the film: “It was amazing. “Nicole Kidman became my mother’s soul. She put her head in the cage by herself.”

As for Bardem, Arnaz said the actor had “everything my dad had – he had his intelligence, his charm, his dimples and his musicality.”

(Written by Jill Serjeant; Edited by Leslie Adler)

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