‘Being the Ricardos’: What Drew Aaron Sorkin to ‘I Love Lucy’ Movie Starring Nicole Kidman

by Shelby Scott

“I Love Lucy” is one of America’s most prolific sitcoms. The hit show debuted in the 1950s and ran a total of six seasons. The show was a hit with audiences then and continues to be today. But now, director and writer Aaron Sorkin has translated the comedic show into a behind-the-scenes film, exploring the real-life relationship of American icon Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz. The new movie, “Being the Ricardos,” explores the pair’s relationship during a week of filming the mid-century television show.

“Being the Ricardos” debuts on December 10th, and leading up to its premiere, Sorkin has revealed to audiences the draw of the hit sitcom, “I Love Lucy.”

He shared his decision in exploring Lucille Ball’s story as a whole. He further revealed the particular episode of the sitcom around which the film is centered and delved into the roots of the sitcom in addition to the starring couple’s marriage.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Sorkin has written many behind-the-scenes stories across different entertainment genres and formats. During his interview, the outlet asked what specifically about Ball’s story drew him to write the film, “Being the Ricardos.”

Sorkin shared, “The only thing better than a story people don’t know is a story that people think they know but they’re wrong.”

The film, overall, takes audiences into the depths of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s actual marriage. It aims to explore not only their passion for one another but the hardships they faced during their time together.

‘Being the Ricardos’ Explores Hardships Within Lucille Ball’s Marriage

Sorkin explained while the American sitcom featured a content, comedic, and passionate couple, it wasn’t always the case off-screen.

The “Being the Ricardos” director shared with the outlet, “Lucy wasn’t an easy person.”

Despite her appearance within the sitcom, the star’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, revealed the intimate details of her parents’ union. While Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s relationship was genuine, it was considerably more complicated than their marriage on the screen.

“These were two people passionately in love with each other who just couldn’t make it work for interesting reasons,” Sorkin shared.

The writer explained that Lucy, as the protagonist within “Being the Ricardos,” navigates three major events. Those events take place during a single week of production. Of that decision, he stated, “You want to pile as many obstacles in front of your protagonist as you can. That’s what’s going to show us who they are.”

Additionally, the episode featured within the film, “Fred and Ethel Fight,” was generally problematic for the star. According to Sorkin, “There’s a problem with the script that Lucy keeps returning to throughout rehearsal. In pursuing this additional aspect, the writer and director could further the friction within the upcoming film, adding to the plot of ‘Being the Ricardos.'”

Overall, “Being the Ricardos” promises an all-new look into the lives and relationship of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. And as we impatiently wait for the new film to hit screens, Tuesday saw the trailer’s release and we could not be more excited. Check it out here.