After several teases and mask-laden peaks, our best head-on look at Javier Bardem in character as Desi Arnaz is here! Taken last week, the photos come courtesy of the Los Angeles set for “Being the Ricardos”. The film is currently in production and is eagerly anticipated by “I Love Lucy” fans.
Shared via PEOPLE, the shot also shows Kidman, 53, in full iconic Lucille Ball garb & makeup, as well. Needless to say, the costume department for the Aaron Sorkin-let film is absolutely nailing these two television legends’ looks – right down to Ball’s trademark headscarves.
To her side, Bardem, 52, is all smiles as he rocks a classic Arnaz emerald & black tux combo. The shot below is currently our best full-frontal look at these two phenomenal actors in character:
‘Being the Ricardos’ Brings ‘I Love Lucy’s BTS Affairs to the Silver Screen
If this behind-the-scenes look is anything to go by, Nicole Kidman & Javier Bardem look to be having a great time on set. How could they not with that vintage teal beaut behind them?
Although each actor is a clear ringer for their respective parts in their later years, both Kidman and Bardem have faced backlash over their casting. PEOPLE cites that Bardem, in particular, has faced criticism for playing a Cuban-American while of Spanish descent.
Speaking to this in February, director Aaron Sorkin, 59, clarifies that both actors were cast with the pure talent of Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz – not their television counterparts – in mind
“I think that the people thought that we’ve cast them as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo,” Sorkin tells Entertainment Tonight. “The film takes place during a production week of I Love Lucy… A Monday table read to Friday audience taping, with a whole bunch of long flashbacks which are telling the story that got us here… And because there’s a table read, there’s rehearsals and then there’s tape night… We do see moments of them being Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.”
Ball & Arnaz’s Daughter Brings Authenticity
For “I Love Lucy” fans looking for authenticity in the film, they need not worry. THR also reports that Ball & Arnaz’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, now 69, is on board. Arnaz is “playing an active role in the stories portraying her late parents.”
Through this legacy lens, audiences will see much of Ball & Arnaz’s 20-year marriage. The couple married in 1940 and divorced in 1960. Their work together on “I Love Lucy,” which became a pop-culture-defining phenomenon in 1951, will be the focus of the film.
“Being the Ricardos” will also star Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jake Lacy, and Clark Gregg. There is currently no set release date.