We are extremely close to the premiere of the highly anticipated Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz biopic, “Being the Ricardos.” Nicole Kidman stars in the movie as Ball alongside Javier Bardem as Arnaz. Recently, the cast all showed up for the L.A. premiere of the movie.
Kidman posted some photos at the event on Instagram, captioning them, “So happy to be here.”
She shared photos of herself in her puffy floor-length dress as she walks down the red carpet. A particularly cute photo shows her with Bardem as the two hold hands and laugh about something. Meanwhile, the movie poster for “Being the Ricardos” is right behind them. It’s a close-up photo of Bardem and Kidman, which was a common shot for Desi and Lucy.
The last photo is quite the tease for fans very eager to see “Being the Ricardos” in theaters. It shows closed red curtains with the name of the movie lit up in pink in “I Love Lucy” style.
Even though audiences haven’t gotten to see “Being the Ricardos” yet, the movie already is in talks to receive several award nominations. That could include individual awards for Kidman and Bardem. Also, J.K. Simmons as William Frawley could also run away with his own award for supporting actor.
The movie comes out officially on December 10 in theaters. It will then release 11 days later on Amazon Prime Video.
“Lucy, you’ve got some campaigning to do: BEING THE RICARDOS played well in its first screening, suggesting a solid awards contender. I bought Nicole more as offscreen, dramatic Lucy than as a sitcom dynamo, but the audience still ate her and Javier Bardem up,” wrote journalist Kyle Buchanan on Twitter regarding the movie’s first showing.
Criticism Over ‘Being the Ricardos’
Despite most people not even seeing it yet, the movie has also gotten a lot of criticism already.
Eager “I Love Lucy” fans were anxious about certain aspects of the biopic, mostly because they wanted it to best represent the two sitcom characters and real-life couple.
As for director Aaron Sorkin, he’s hoping all those worries will finally fade away when people see “Being the Ricardos” soon. “Mostly, I want them to have a good time during the two hours that were asked for their attention, realize that the lives of Lucy and Desi were considerably more complicated than Lucy and Ricky and pay less attention to Twitter,” Sorkin said to Variety.
Additionally, many people criticized Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball. Some fans were calling for Debra Messing to play the role instead. Meanwhile, Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, supported the casting decision and has given the movie her stamp of approval. The entire backlash over casting almost caused Kidman to drop the role early on.
Javier Bardem receives his own fair share of criticism for playing Desi Arnaz. Bardem is a Spanish actor, meanwhile, Arnaz was notorious for his Cuban roots. Some fans and internet users thought it was an example of lack of Cuban representation.