Nicole Kidman says writer-director Aaron Sorkin would “push them off the cliff and say ‘go ahead'” whenever she and Javier Bardem had second thoughts about their portrayals of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in “Being the Ricardos.”
Kidman, Sorkin, Bardem and the rest of the cast attended the premiere of the film at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles on Monday.
“And every time we’d say, ‘Oh, this isn’t working. Are you sure?’
The actress recreates the famous scene of Ball stomping on wine grapes in the film, a personal highlight of the production. “It was so much fun!” she said. “I love doing it. It’s something I recommend trying.”
Bardem, who is usually a private man, pointed out that this is something that differs from Desi Arnaz.
“Some people like to be the center of attention and others don’t, and that should be respected. I think Lucy and Desi, and that’s my opinion, I think Desi really liked being the focus, she really wanted to be the center. And he was very proud of that and he wasn’t ashamed of it. Perfect. That’s his thing. That, for example, I do not share with him,” said the Spanish actor, speaking in English.
In the film, Bardem shows a new side by appearing playing congas and singing.
“It’s something completely new to me and I loved it. I enjoyed every moment,” she expressed. “I was scared to death because, as my voice coach Fiona says, there is nothing that exposes you more than singing. Singing is quite revealing… All my admiration for all these actors who do musicals on Broadway or around the world every day. It’s amazing how much work it takes.”
Aaron Sorkin, meanwhile, said that while he has no next project planned, he is considering a sequel to his 2010 film about the creation of Facebook, “The Social Network.”
“I don’t want to break any news tonight, I’ll just say there’s more to the story after ‘The Social Network,’ right? So we’ll see,” said the filmmaker.
“Being the Ricardos” opens in theaters on Friday and arrives on Amazon Prime Video on December 21.