Nicole Kidman isn't going to let anyone rain on her parade anymore! After facing backlash online for being cast as Lucille Ball, Kidman reveals she almost backed out - before ultimately deciding that she could do the part!
It wasn't for lack of trying, though. The director and writer for the movie, Aaron Sorkin, had to give Kidman the boost of confidence that she deserved, and now Kidman is sharing she's happier than ever with the final result!
Nicole Kidman was initially anxious
The iconic I Love Lucy star Lucille Ball is getting the biopic she deserves, and who better to play her than Nicole Kidman? Well, apparently for a while the internet thought many actresses would be better, and that took a toll on Kidman when prepping for the role.
While on Live With Kelly and Ryan, Kidman shared that she almost backed out of the role because of all the backlash she received online, saying that she wasn't right for the role.
"I wasn’t initially [anxious]," she told hosts, Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa. "Initially it’s like, Aaron Sorkin wrote this screenplay that you read and you cannot put down."
The internet was abuzz with frustrations that Kidman got the role rather than someone that could look more like the real Lucille Ball, like Will & Grace's Debra Messing.
Kidman continued, "I say to people, 'If you can get your hands on this screenplay, read it, because it’s such a good read'. It’s as good as a great novel."
Then she told the hosts that she decided she was going to "sidestep" the role for someone she felt could be more suited. "When the reality of playing her hit me, I went, 'What I have 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,'" she said.
Producer Todd Black and Sorkin both weren't having it and refused to let her leave. They told Kidman no, and now, Kidman is so thankful!
"Thank God," she said. "Because then I was so grateful because I got to fall in love with her."
Being the Ricardos will be released in theatres on December 10, but will have another release on Amazon Prime on December 21.