Writer/director Aaron Sorkin has dedicated himself to recreating the story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Being the Ricardos focuses specifically on a turning point in the comedian couple’s life, putting both their marriage and careers in jeopardy. With Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem portraying the famous duo, the biopic is bound to be nothing short of a masterpiece.
Sorkin recently released a new detail regarding the movie and what viewers can expect from the experience. According to the director, Being the Ricardos will feature musical numbers that help demonstrate the emotion, drive and endless talent of Arnaz and Ball. But don’t expect a Broadway-esque deliverance. As Sorkin clarified, the numbers will appear naturally through the storyline.
“There are four musical numbers in the film, and that’s something I’d never done before, but we had a great musical director, great choreographer. The musical numbers are organic,” Sorkin shared with Screen Rant, adding that the film is “not La La Land.”
“It’s rehearsals for Too Many Girls. It’s at Ciro’s where Desi and his orchestra are playing, that kind of thing.”
As fans of the I Love Lucy duo well know, music was an integral part of the stars’ lives both before and during they starred in the series. Prior to becoming Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, Ball was a showgirl and Ricardo was a renowned bandleader and musician. In fact, the dynamic duo first met at auditions for the musical, Too Many Girls in 1940. According to Sorkin, this is one of the musical numbers viewers can expect in Being the Ricardos.
Daughter of Ball and Arnaz Shares Her Take on ‘Being the Ricardos’
The toughest critic that Sorkin will have to face is, of course, Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. No one will know quite how well the film portrayed the two quite like Lucie. And yesterday, the celebrity daughter shared her feedback on the biopic. Thankfully for the director, she had only flattering remarks to share.
Lucie shared her thoughts with fans on Instagram in honor of national I Love Lucy day. The second-generation actress gushed over Sorkin’s representation of not only her parents but also the era and the emotions at the time. She also commended both Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem for honoring her parents’ image and playing their roles so perfectly.
Listen to her full critique in the video below.
“It’s frickin amazing,” Lucie said after seeing Being the Ricardos. “That guy made a great movie. What can I tell you? He captured the essence of that time in their lives so well. He captured the heart of my mother, my father and their relationship.”