Javier Bardem also wanted to back out of Being the Ricardos

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem in Being The Ricardos

From left to right: Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem
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Javier Bardem admitted that, like Nicole Kidman, he also wanted to quit Being RicardosBiographical film directed by Aaron Sorkin About Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz – After He Was Picked.

Bardem and Kidman talked about the casting drama in a new interview with him Hollywood Reports. when Their roles in the movie have been announced In January 2021, the Internet reacted with some very strong feelings, as I thought that actresses and actors were promoting actresses. It will fit better (most notably Debra Messing).

“I didn’t know how big it was,” Bardem said. I love Lucy. Not only did this show bring in a massive audience during its original run, but Ball and Arnaz essentially invented Syndicate when they kept the recordings of the show and retained all rights, allowing them to sell it to stations for reruns. Millions of Americans are still watching I love Lucy repeats every year.

But Bardem grew up in Spain, where he was known mostly to Arnaz due to his work as a musician with Spanish artist Xavier Cugat. He never saw the Spanish translated version of the show, I love you Lucy, As for. Bardem explained, “When I really started to research it, the more I went into it, the more I knew how creative it was [the show] He was… he was like, “Fuck.”

Kidman said she felt the same way after the casting became public. “Damn, what did we do?” She said. “I got scared.”

she He said in advance this month who – which The backlash on social media made her rethink thingsI’m thinking “Oh no, I’m not right. Everyone thinks I’m not right, so I’ll try to avoid this.”

However, the wBoth Kidman and Bardem tried to step back from production, Sorkin and the producers persuaded them to stay. The actors begged to shoot for another year, but Amazon wanted the movie — which cost $40 million — this year.

In the new interview, Bardem also defended his choice against critics who said a Spaniard should not portray Cuban Arnaz.

“I’m an actor, and that’s what I do for a living: try to be people I’m not,” Bardem explained. “What are we going to do with Marlon Brando playing Vito Corleone? What are we going to do with Margaret Thatcher played by Meryl Streep? Daniel Day-Lewis playing Lincoln? Why do you have this conversation with people with accents? You have your accent. This is where you belong. It’s hard. Where That conversation with native English speakers do things like The last duelWhere were they supposed to be French in the Middle Ages? this is good. But I, with a Spanish accent, connie? What I mean is, if we want to open a can of worms, let’s open it up for everyone. The turn came to me, and the only thing I know for sure is that I will give it my all.”

Being Ricardos It’s now showing in select movie theaters and Amazon Prime premieres on December 21.

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