‘Being the Ricardos’ Star Alia Shawkat Compares Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem to ‘Boxers’

by Michael Freeman

With Being the Ricardos debuting in a few days on December 10, there’s a lot for Lucille Ball fans to be excited about. While some people had concerns about the casting, you’ll be happy to hear Alia Shawkat stated Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem were like “boxers” on the set.

Being the Ricardos star Alia Shawkat talked to Variety recently about the movie. Posting the clip to Twitter, the outlet asked Shawkat about the weight each role carried. Acknowledging Nicole Kidman and Javier obviously shouldered the biggest burdens, she compared them to boxers with their intensity.

“And I think, you know, for her [Kidman] and Javier, it was the biggest load, obviously,” Shawkat began. “And they’re also doing it both in different accents than their natural one. So, it’s very different for them. And yet, of course, they’re genius actors and they’re like, you know, like boxers. On the set, they were like you know, focused and athletic. It was just really cool to watch.”

Shawkat goes on talk about Kidman’s professionalism and talent while downplaying her own role (in a joking manner, of course). “Because sometimes Nicole would have like five pages of dialogue she’d have to go through with props and stuff. And then I’d just have to come in and be like ‘That’s right!’ And just make sure I got the timing right. But we did it. Sometimes only one or two takes. It was really fast.”

It sounds like the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz we’ll see on-screen in the next few days are going to be both intense and impressive.

Nicole Kidman Discloses Her ‘Obsession’ With ‘Being the Ricardos’

Alia Shawkat paints a great picture for both Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem in Being the Ricardos. After a recent interview, it’s understandable why Nicole Kidman nailed the role after she discusses her “obsession.”

Speaking to People last month, Kidman revealed studying Lucille Ball became her “obsession.” Talking to the outlet, she said she spent countless hours observing and taking in Lucille Ball’s mannerisms, movements, and quirks. “I studied and learned them. It went into my body and my memory,” she began.

“It was my obsession to get it absolutely accurate,” she added. “It was [writer/director Aaron Sorkin’s] obsession to have this human being portrayed — what’s behind the creation of Lucy Ricardo and who is the woman behind this character?” Luckily, the obsession seemed to be a healthy one.

One of the episodes she watched the most and took great inspiration from was the classic grape-stomping scene from season 5 of I Love Lucy. The scene is actually present in the new movie, and Kidman reported having so much fun doing it she didn’t want to stop.