Lucie Arnaz is chiming in after all the drama! Fans were furious when news leaked that Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem were cast to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the upcoming film, Being the Ricardos.
Lucie Arnaz On casting Controversy
The daughter of Hollywood legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz is a major part of the upcoming film Being the Ricardos and she was shocked at the extreme reaction to the leaked casting. Aaron Sorkin has taken on the hefty project as both writer and director. Then, Deadline reported that Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem would be taking on the iconic roles.
Then, even Debra Messing, who had once portrayed the "Grace" on Will & Grace took to her social accounts asking for the role! Countless fans had supported that idea and were furious at the thought that Nicole would possibly be cast as Lucille. Other fans had harsh criticisms for the award-winning actress Nicole Kidman!
Now, Lucie Arnaz has had to step into the ring. Lucie posted to Facebook Watch saying she wanted to chat with "all the fans of my mom and my dad and the Love Lucy show who have been so vocal and enthusiastically commenting on the choice of casting."
"I felt I should just at least try to calm the waters. There seems to be a lot of discussion about Nicole Kidman, it should be Debra Messing, it should be Carol Cook. I don't know. Here's the deal. What you should understand. We are not doing a remake of I Love Lucy. No one has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo nor do the Vitameatavegamin routine, or the chocolate factory routine, or any of the silly things."
"It's the story of Lucille Ball, my actual mother, not "Lucy Ricardo," and her husband, Desi Arnaz, my dad, not "Ricky Ricardo." There will be humor in the film, but it is a story of the two of them and how they met and what went right with finding the show, what went wrong, their relationship, their love affair."
"Now, of course, it's going to have I Love Lucy in it. As a matter of fact, Aaron Sorkin has set it on the stage of filming one week of rehearsal, rehearsing, and filming the show. But all this other stuff takes place during that time. Very little of the show is I Love Lucy stuff. Aaron has done a wonderful job of bringing these characters to life, and it's just a little slice of life in their journey. It's not the whole story. It's not a biopic from cradle to grave."
"It is a two-hour feature film about these two people and some of the remarkable things they lived through. So I hope I can set the record straight here, and just say stop arguing about who should play her, 'She doesn't look like her, her nose isn't the same, she isn't as funny...' Just trust us, it's going to be a nice film, and p.s. the voting is over. I love all of you."
Hopefully, Lucie's confident words were able to quash some of the fan worries!