Nicole Kidman Says She’s ‘Way Out of My Comfort Zone’ as Lucille Ball: ‘I’m Never Cast Funny’


Leon Bennett/Getty; Silver Screen Collection/Getty Nicole Kidman, Lucille Ball

Nicole Kidman loves Lucy!

In a current dialog with Chris Rock for Variety, the 53-year-old Oscar winner opened up concerning the joys and challenges of taking part in comedy queen Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming movie, Being the Ricardos.

Pushing herself to good the Ball’s voice, Kidman stated: “I’ve had to put in an enormous amount of time on Lucille Ball right now, because she has a very particular way of speaking.”

Agreeing with the 56-year-old stand-up star’s remark that Ball was “just one of the most talented people to ever roam the earth,” Kidman stated, “I am way out of my comfort zone right now, Chris! I’m free-falling.”

“I’d like to be funny. I’m never cast funny,” she stated.

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Archive Photos/Getty Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball

Joking with the actress, Rock stated, “Oh, you could be funny. You’re playing Lucille Ball. You better be funny.”

“Lucille Ball is hopefully funny. The strange thing about Lucille Ball is that everyone thinks we’re remaking the ‘I Love Lucy’ show, and it’s so not that. It’s about Lucy and Desi and their relationship and their marriage,” The Undoing actress stated. “It’s very deep, actually.”

Praising the comedy and sitcom legend as a “trailblazer,” Kidman highlighted simply how far forward of her occasions Ball actually was.

“She formed her production company. Desi was Cuban, and she had to fight to get him on the show. They had just so many things in their marriage that are so relevant today, and what she was also dealing with in terms of everything that artists deal with, where you’re up against big corporations. And you’re like, “No, that is artwork,’ ” Kidman stated.

Being the Ricardos is a biographical drama about Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, who starred within the well-liked 1951 sitcom I Love Lucy. The two had been married in 1940 and cut up in 1960.

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Javier Bardem stars as Arnaz, Ball’s then-husband and comedic partner. Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Clark Gregg and Jake Lacy also appear, according to The Hollywood Reporter,

Ball and Arnaz’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, 69, has also played an active role in the stories portraying her late parents and posted a video to Facebook to address the Behind the Ricardos casting criticisms earlier this year.

“We usually are not doing a remake of I Love Lucy. No one has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo nor do the Vitameatavegamin routine, or the chocolate manufacturing unit routine or any of the foolish issues,” the couple’s daughter said. “It’s the story of Lucille Ball, my precise mom, not Lucy Ricardo, and her husband, Dezi Arnaz, my dad, not Ricky Ricardo.”

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Lucie reassured fans that the film would have “humor” but also focus on the very real story of her parents as a couple and as people.

“There will likely be humor within the movie, however it’s a story of the 2 of them and the way they met and what went proper with discovering the present, what went flawed, their relationship, their love affair,” she said.

In April, Kidman was spotted on set in with a wavy, light orange hairstyle similar to Ball’s as she wrapped a long black coat over her costume in between takes.

A release date for Being the Ricardos has not yet been announced.


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