Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnaz, recently shared some behind-the-scenes photos from Being the Ricardos, the highly anticipated movie about her parents and their famous show I Love Lucy.
She posted a few photos from the set and a video featuring writer/director Aaron Sorkin and the production crew applauding. She said that was all she could share at the moment because the production for Amazon Studios is “pretty hush hush.”
“Just got back from the most amazing couple of days on the set of our Amazon-Escape Artist-Aaron Sorkin-Nicole Kidman-Javier Bardem Lucy-Desi “Being The Ricardos” feature film and I can’t wait to share some photos and my stories with you,” she wrote in her post. “It’s still pretty hush hush, so I am restricted to just a few teasers right now. But, let me just say, I think we are going to have a lot of very surprised naysayers.
“I was blown away.”
The story follows a single week of production of an I Love Lucy episode. It begins with Monday’s table read and culminates with Friday’s live taping. All the while Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnaz “face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage,” Deadline reported.
Nicole Kidman is playing Ball and Javier Bardem is Dezi Arnaz. J.K. Simmons is William Frawley and Nina Arianda plays Vivian Vance.
The production just began, but at least one photo of the lead couple in costume has leaked.
Producers haven’t given a release date for the film.
Lucie Arnaz Stumbled Upon Lucille Ball’s Memoirs
While working on a manuscript about her mom’s incredible life, Lucie Arnaz said she happened upon Lucille Ball’s memoirs. Ball wrote them in 1964, but Lucie Arnaz didn’t find them until 1993.
“We were looking through files with Mom’s lawyer, and there was this manila envelope with “Lucy” scrawled on the front, postmarked 1964 with a return address for Betty Hannah Hoffman. Inside was Mom’s manuscript. We asked friends and relatives, anyone, who knew Mom during that time if they remembered anything about it. We agreed it sounded like her, but we had no context,” Arnaz said.
Lucille Ball sent them to a publisher who edited the manuscript, but Ball decided not to publish at the time. “It’s going to hurt too many people,” Ball said in a taped interview.
“She meant dad,” Lucie Arnaz said.
Lucie Arnaz, however, decided to publish them. She edited the memoir and wrote a forward. Love, Lucy was published in 1996.
She said it was strange seeing her mother’s account of things and reading her father’s two autobiographies and noticing the discrepancies in their stories.