‘Being the Ricardos’: Lucie Arnaz, Daughter of Lucille Ball, Says Film Has Inaccurate Scenes

by Jon D. B.

“That shouldn’t be in there.” Being the Ricardos is set for some controversy as Lucile Ball and Desi Arnaz’s only daughter, Lucie Arnaz, is not happy with a few select scenes.

In her recent interview with Palm Springs Life, Lucie Arnaz says Being the Ricardos will feature “certain scenes” that she “wished” that Aaron Sorkin, the film’s writer and director, would leave out.

“I couldn’t get my way and have them taken out, but they weren’t accurate,” she begins of the faux-pas. “And I thought, ‘That shouldn’t be in there, because that never happened.”

In fact, these scenes, which Arnaz does not elaborate on, left her shouting “That’s not true!”

“And it’s not just theatrical license, it just wasn’t true,” Arnaz continues. That feels off, and is highly unfortunate, as Lucie has been heavily involved with the production from the start. But it sounds now as if the only daughter of Lucille Ball and Aaron Sorkin are not on the same page.

Sorkin is a Hollywood darling. His immaculate screenwriting took off with The West Wing, with The Social Network catapulting him to stratospheric heights. Then, 2017’s Molly’s Game would mark his directorial debut with Jessica Chastain in the titular role of Molly Bloom.

With a host of 2021 Oscar nominations under his belt for Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, which he also directed, Sorkin is set to take on the lives of Lucie Arnaz’s beyond-iconic parents. And the world is watching. Lucille Ball may be, too, from the great beyond.

Untruthful Scenes in ‘Being the Ricardos’ Sparks Eerie Happenings On Set

Nicole Kidman (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner)

“The day they shot the scene, the sprinklers went off on the set and destroyed the whole set,” Arnaz reveals to Palm Springs Life.

Are Lucie’s legendary parents keeping their eternal eyes on the project? Perhaps. Or perhaps karma has something to say about it all. Or both.

Whatever the case may be, Being the Ricardos has become one of the most anticipated projects in production. And it is highly unlikely that a bit of historical inaccuracy will turn off audiences – going by Aaron Sorkin’s track record with biopics alone. They are, after all, his bread and butter. With inaccuracies being said butter.

Sorkin’s film follows Ball and Arnaz over the course of a full week as they produce their legendary sitcom, I Love Lucy. The linchpin comes in the form of a “crisis” capable of breaking apart both their show and their marriage.

Sorkin has been leading the production for Amazon since March of 2021. Lucie Arnaz has been involved since then, too, at the director & writer’s behest. It can only help Being the Ricardos to have the icon’s only daughter onboard, right?

Now, however, the 70-year-old doesn’t sound as sure as she once was. She is, at least, beyond ecstatic for Nicole Kidman‘s performance of her mother, which she is absolutely over the moon with.

Arnaz says, at least, to expect “really great [performances]” from Kidman as Ball and Javier Bardem as her father, Desi.