‘Being the Ricardos’ Star Nicole Kidman Says Keith Urban Wasn’t Impressed with Early Lucille Ball Impression

by Matthew Memrick
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Actress Nicole Kidman said her husband and country star Keith Urban wasn’t thrilled by her early Lucille Ball impression for an upcoming film.

Fans knew Ball for her unique, smoky voice, and she thought Urban would be the perfect test subject.

“Vocally, I started with the Lucy voice, and it was so far out of reach that it was terrifying,” Kidman said. 

According to The New York Post, she did it for Urban because “he had a great ear, cause he’s a musician.” But Kidman said he initially responded with a “Hmmmm.”

But the 54-year-old woman said director Aaron Sorkin pushed her to work at the role, and she did. And in recent weeks, fans have become impressed with her voice and movement acting of the legendary icon. She could even garner a fifth Oscar nomination, according to some.

Kidman’s upcoming Ball biopic “Being the Ricardos,” in theaters Dec. 10 and on Amazon Prime Video Dec. 21

Nicole Kidman Wanted To Quit Lucy Role

On Thursday, the actress told an enthusiastic group of New York Screen Actors Guild Award voters that she didn’t realize how challenging the role would be.

She told the group she sent Sorkin an email with her doubts about being the right person for the role. She added, “I know I said “yes,” but I’m now saying no.”

The director responded that she didn’t get to say “no” now. At the time, the Oscar winner admitted he helped her refocus on the role. Besides, Sorkin put his neck on the line with the bold casting choice, and it got its share of backlash. An iconic role like Lucille Ball needed an actress to hit it out of the park. Kidman doesn’t have many comedy roles in her resume.

Nicole Kidman committed to working on her Ball impression with voice and body movements, and the buzz has grown.

The actress said she started with the 1956 “Lucy” episode (“Lucy’s Italian Movie”) and worked with grape stomping. The scenes helped her see herself as Lucy, and she loved the work.

From there, a movement coach helped her work on Lucy’s classic dance moves and body presence. The actress said she had to “really work on that.”

Urban’ Very Supportive’ Of Nicole Kidman’s Acting

The actress told Extra that her husband is a “fantastic partner in life.” She was in New York City for the film’s premiere this week.

Urban supported her with the right words and asked helpful questions about her movie role, wanting to support her in this crucial role, according to People.

Kidman shared a photo of the couple at the beach during Thanksgiving for her fans, and it got over 350,000 likes on Instagram.