If you’re tempted to watch Being The Ricardos out of morbid curiosity to see a minimally animated off-brand wax museum Lucille Ball with Nicole Kidman’s accent, you might want to think twice. I know writer/director Aaron Sorkin has been nominated for a bunch of Oscars and shit, but judging by a new interview he gave for The Hollywood Reporter, I’m not sure he’s ever enjoyed watching a movie in his life. In it, Aaron defends his decision to cast Nicole and Javier Bardiem as Lucy and Desi Arnaz by dragging I Love Lucy and admits that he only pulled from “a small pool of world-class actresses” for the part and that “finding an actress who looked like Lucille Ball wasn’t important to me.” So I guess Debra Messing really never had a shot.
There’s a tiny off-camera, post-credits half-cackle in the just-released official trailer for Being The Ricardos that sounds kiiiinda like Lucille Ball but I’m not convinced it came from Nicole Kidman. I think it might have come from Lucy’s ghost since Nic’s face looks more like a smooth, well-kneaded hunk of dough with two raisins pushed in if for eyes than her famous mug. And not since Sally Field in Sybil has an actor done so many different and distinct voices for a single character. But hey, I’m not one to dwell on the negative. Just off the top of my head, what I can say about Nic’s performance based on this trailer is she’s got great wigs, beautiful wigs.
Someone please go check on Debra Messing, today is not going to be her best day. Because Amazon Prime Video has released a teaser trailer for Being the Ricardos, aka the movie that made everyone (Debra included) wonder if Aaron Sorkin’s glasses prescription was up to date when it was revealed he had cast Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball. Eventually, we saw some pictures from the set, and Nicole Kidman’s Lucy pretty much just looked like Nicole Kidman in an emergency backup wig from the set of Big Little Lies. Now we’re seeing Nicole’s Lucy in motion along with the voice, and it will be up to you whether it elicits a nervous Lucy-style clenched-teeth “Eeeeeeeee.”
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but Nicole Kidman is not trending on Twitter because she broke her NDA with Scientology and has confirmed that Tom Cruise is actually only 3’7” tall. It’s because new pictures of her in Lucille Ball drag for Being The Ricardos have been circulating. And Nicole’s lucky Lucy was no relation to the Gucci Gang, because Nicole has endured enough harassment from shady organizations to last a lifetime.
Despite Debra Messing’s desperate pleas, Nicole Kidman was cast as Lucille Ball in the upcoming Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic, Being the Ricardos. The movie, which also stars Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz, will take place over one week of filming I Love Lucy and dive into Lucille and Desi’s marriage. Now Nicole’s been papped in between takes on the set of the film, and the result is.. well, see for yourself… Continue reading
If you see Debra Messing wandering around looking despondent with mascara running down her face, pulling out clumps of her disheveled Lucy wig, please be kind. She has probably just read that Nicole Kidman didn’t really know shit about Lucille Ball until she signed on to play her in the upcoming Aaron Sorkin movie called Being the Ricardos co-starring Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz. According to Variety, Nicole has been preparing for the role by watching episodes of I Love Lucy and is ready to “give it a go.” It’s unknown if she has also been doing face-kegels to help her mimic any of Lucille’s signature expressions.