Nailing the voice for a character can be difficult, especially one as renowned as Lucille Ball. Portraying her in Being the Ricardos, Nicole Kidman said her husband Keith Urban actually found her attempts to be “scary.”
Nicole Kidman is receiving a lot of attention after being cast as Lucille Ball for Being the Ricardos. Wanting to be perfect for the part, she said crafting Lucy’s voice became a “terrifying” process. So scary, in fact, it frightened her husband. “Vocally, I started with the Lucy voice, and it was so far out of reach that it was terrifying,” she told the New York Post.
Kidman told the outlet she thought Urban would be a great sounding board since he’s a musician and naturally has a keen ear. This turned out to be true, but he didn’t react to her voice in the way she hoped. “I was, like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ And I’d do it for my husband, who has a great ear, cause he’s a musician, and he’d be, like, ‘Hmmmm.’ Kinda scary.'”
In fact, playing the legendary actress proved so daunting she attempted to back out of the role. “I actually sent [director] Aaron [Sorkin] an e-mail saying, ‘I think I’m actually the wrong person now. I know I said “yes,” but I’m now saying “no,”” Nicole Kidman told the news outlet. “To which he said, ‘You don’t get to say “no” now!’ I’m really glad that he pushed me.”
You can judge for yourself how you think Kidman did on December 10 in theaters. Alternatively, Being the Ricardos will also be available on Amazon Prime Video on December 21.
Nicole Kidman Considered Quitting Her ‘Being the Ricardos’ Role After Casting Backlash as Well
It doesn’t matter who was cast as Lucy in Being the Ricardos, they were going to face an uphill battle. As it turns out, Nicole Kidman also considered shying away from the role after facing online backlash.
While appearing on Live With Kelly and Ryan, Kidman reported being intimidated and having second thoughts about the role after fans voiced their disdain. Some said a comedian would have been better suited, while others just thought she didn’t look right for the part.
“I went, ‘What have I said yes to?’ — to which I then went, ‘Oh no, I’m not right. Everyone thinks I’m not right so I’m going to try to sidestep this,’” the actress said. “And the producer Todd Black and Aaron Sorkin were both like, ‘Absolutely not.’ I was in Australia and they were like, ‘No.’ And thank god, because then I was so grateful because I got to fall in love with her.”
It’s no surprise such a role has Kidman skittish. I don’t think anyone could be completely confident playing such an influential person.