‘Being the Ricardos’: Lucille Ball’s Daughter Lucie Arnaz Reveals She ‘Didn’t Get Her Way’ When Wanting to Cut Scenes

by Jon D. B.
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“The day they shot the scene, the sprinklers went off on the set and destroyed the whole” Being the Ricardos set, says Lucie Arnaz.

If it wasn’t clear that Lucille Ball is watching over the production of Being the Ricardos – it is now. Ball’s only daughter, Lucie Arnaz, is now 70-years-old. She’s been heavily involved with the film’s production so far, but some things are out of her control.

Lucie has nothing but glowing praise for Nicole Kidman, who’s playing her late, legendary mother. She is not, however, on the same page entirely with director Aaron Sorkin.

According to her talk with Palm Springs Life, Lucie says Being the Ricardos will feature “certain scenes” that she “wished” the director (Sorkin) would leave out.

“I couldn’t get my way and have them taken out, but they weren’t accurate,” she says. “And I thought, ‘That shouldn’t be in there, because that never happened. That’s not true!”

Arnaz doesn’t provide any specifics on the scenes themselves. But she does clarify that she’s not just talking “theatrical license”. Instead, she argues that there will be sequences in the film that are flat out false.

“It just wasn’t true,” Arnaz continues of the scenes in question. “And the day they shot the scene, the sprinklers went off on the set and destroyed the whole set.”

If that doesn’t sound like the the most Lucile Ball thing ever, I don’t know what does.

Lucie Arnaz Damns Sorkin, Praises Kidman for ‘Being the Ricardos’

As for Nicole Kidman’s work as her late mother, Lucie Arnaz says the actress is “extremely classy and first rate”. She adds that both Kidman and Javier Bardem, who portrays her father later in life, are “really great performers.” 

“Nicole did a spectacular job. The two days that I watched, though, were both little flashbacks, so she was playing Lucy in the late ’30s and mid-’40s,” Arnaz states. “She wasn’t Lucy of Lucy Ricardo fame yet, so it was a trifle different… And I know she meant it to be, so it could feel different.”

From what she saw, Arnaz says “Boy, what [Kidman] did was astounding. She’s got such poise and class.” 

That she does. And in her own interview for the Being the Ricardos, Nicole Kidman delves into how challenging this performance has been for her.

“I’ve had to put in an enormous amount of time on Lucille Ball right now, because she has a very particular way of speaking,” she tells Chris Rock in a chat for Variety. “I am way out of my comfort zone right now, Chris! I’m free-falling,” Kidman tells her fellow Hollywood icon.

For Being the Ricardos, Kidman says she’d “like to be funny. I’m never cast funny.” 

While we still don’t have a release date, we should be seeing more from Kidman’s performance sooner rather than later in the form of a trailer.