Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball? Here’s a first look at the movie ‘Being the Ricardos’
After all of the criticism regarding Nicole Kidman portraying Lucille Ball, the first official trailer for ‘Being the Ricardos’ has arrived
We don’t see much of Kidman in the trailer — other than a brief moment where she appears to be reenacting the iconic grape stomping scene from the “I Love Lucy” episode “Lucy’s Italian Movie.”
Instead, it’s Kidman’s narration as Ball that drives the majority of the trailer.
“You know I did this show so Desi and I could be together,” she says at one point. “I had no idea it was going to be a hit.”
As a whole, the trailer — which came out just a few days after the 70th anniversary of “I Love Lucy” — focuses more on backstage moments than it does the actual show.
“Everyone thinks we’re remaking the ‘I Love Lucy’ show, and it’s so not that,” Kidman previously said, according to the Deseret News. “It’s about Lucy and Desi, and their relationship and their marriage. It’s very deep, actually.”
“Being the Ricardos” — which also stars Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz — chronicles a tumultuous production week of “I Love Lucy” in September 1952, when the crew is working to bring the episode “Fred and Ethel Fight” to life, Entertainment Weekly reported. Over five days, Ball and Arnaz deal with three major crises behind the scenes that could damage their careers and marriage — including the House of Un-American Activities Committee’s investigation into Ball.
Aaron Sorkin, the writer and director of “Being the Ricardos,” told Entertainment Weekly that while the three crises did actually happen, he made the creative choice to place them all in the short span of a production week.
“It’s pretty clear in the movie that ‘I Love Lucy’ could have been canceled any minute, and Lucy and Desi’s careers would have been over,” Sorkin said. “If you can show the audience what a character wants instead of telling them who the character is, you’ll be doing yourself a favor. The way to do that is to just keep putting obstacles in front of them; the tactics they use to overcome those obstacles — that’s what shows you the character.”
Sorkin worked closely with Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Ball and Desi Arnaz, to do the legendary Hollywood couple justice.
“She encouraged me to really take the gloves off,” Sorkin told Entertainment Weekly. “Lucy wasn’t an easy person. Their marriage, Lucy and Desi’s, wasn’t the same as Lucy and Ricky. It was considerably more complicated. These were two people passionately in love with each other who just couldn’t make it work for interesting reasons.”
Lucie Arnaz has offered high praise for the film and, particularly, Kidman’s portrayal of Ball.
“Nicole Kidman became my mother’s soul,” she said, according to ABC News. “She crawled into her head ... she cared very deeply about this part. It shows. And I believed everything she said.”
“Being the Ricardos” opens in theaters on Dec. 10, and on Amazon Prime Video on Dec. 21.