Nicole Kidman took her role as Lucille Ball in the upcoming movie Being the Ricardos extremely seriously. She studied with multiple coaches, reconsidered whether or not she was suitable for the job, and, of course, still had no clue how her performance would come out on film.
Most of us still have a week to go before we have the opportunity to see it for ourselves on December 10. If theaters aren’t your bag, the Amazon Prime movie will be available to stream by December 21. That said, limited audiences have been given access to early screenings of Being the Ricardos.
According to The Wrap, the consensus thus far is that Kidman and Javier Bardem do a great job portraying Lucille and Desi Arnaz. But the most interesting part of the whole thing might be Nicole Kidman’s approach. We weren’t kidding when we said she took the role seriously.
Not only did the Australian actor invest in a professional dialect coach to nail Ball’s voice, but she also hired a movement coach to help learn the I Love Lucy star’s mannerisms. In the end, however? It didn’t matter all that much. Critically acclaimed writer and director Aaron Sorkin told Kidman he didn’t care about all of that. He wasn’t looking for an impersonation.
“It’s interesting. It’s like when you study, and then it all goes in, and you’re not quite sure what’s going on, what’s going to come out. A lot of it is studious, then abandoned. It’s a very strange collision of needing to be very, very loose and needing to be very, very prepared,” Kidman told Extra.
Okay, so the coaching mattered. Kidman still carried all of those lessons with her during her performance. But Sorkin’s direction took a lot of the exacting pressure off.
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There’s already enough pressure trying to portray a real person. Things don’t get much easier when it seems like the whole world is questioning why the production even chose you for the role.
On Live With Kelly and Ryan, Nicole Kidman explained how she almost backed out of the Lucille Ball role.
“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. 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,” said Kidman.
Now, there’s some early awards buzz surrounding Being the Ricardos. And Kidman has to feel pretty good about that, considering she’s at the center of it.