Nicole Kidman discusses the challenges of the role of TV icon Lucille Ball
Nicole kidman has played many different roles over the course of her career, but says the hardest part has been comedy legend Lucille ball in Aaron Sorkinthe next biopic from Amazon Studios Being the Ricardos.
The film focuses on a week in the production of the classic TV sitcom I love lucy, during which Ball and her then-real husband Desi Arnaz – played in the film by Javier bardem – faced a crisis that threatened both their careers and their marriage.
While chatting with the actor Chris rock for Variety‘s Actors on Actors series, the Oscar-winning actress confessed, “I’m way out of my comfort zone right now,” adding, “I’m in freefall.”
Kidman, best known for her dramatic roles, told Rock, “I wish I could be funny. I am never funny.
“Oh, you could be funny,” Rock replied. “You play Lucille Ball. You better be funny, “to which Kidman replied,” Lucille Ball is hopefully funny. “
The 53-year-old Australian actress said she also struggled to grasp Ball’s accent.
“I must have devoted a tremendous amount of time to Lucille Ball right now,” she said, “because she has a very peculiar pace and way of speaking.”
Ball and Arnaz married in 1940 and played a married couple on I love lucy, which aired for six seasons from 1951 to 1957. Ball and Arnaz reprized their roles in Lucy-Desi Comedy Time, a spinoff series of specials that ran for three seasons and ended in 1960, the year the couple divorced.
Their children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., were appointed executive producers of Being the Ricardos.
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