Lucille Ball’s daughter advised Aaron Sorkin to “take the gloves off” in his biopic about her well-known mom, saying she “wasn’t a simple girl.”
The Oscar-winning director, whose movie about Ball hits cinemas subsequent month, made the revelation throughout an interview with The Hollywood Reporter final week.
Sorkin, 60, mentioned he had lunch with Ball’s kids, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., earlier than he started capturing the highly-anticipated biopic, titled “Being The Ricardos.”
“All of us had lunch collectively, and she or he [Lucie] mentioned to me, ‘I do know my mom wasn’t a simple girl. Take the gloves off.’ In different phrases, you possibly can go for it,” Sorkin acknowledged.
“Being The Ricardos” revolves round a manufacturing week on “I Love Lucy” — the long-lasting Fifties sitcom which starred Ball and her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz.
Within the flick, Nicole Kidman performs Ball, whereas Javier Bardem performs Arnaz.
The true-life couple had a tumultuous off-screen relationship, which culminated of their divorce in 1960. Arnaz handed away in 1986. Ball died in 1989.
Their daughter, Lucie Arnaz, advised Nearer Weekly again in 2018: “They had been preventing on a regular basis. Their divorce was horrible. After which there was the alcoholism. I had most well-liked these issues had by no means been there. We didn’t have any abuse, however we did undergo some fairly onerous stuff and that’s why my mother and father didn’t keep collectively.”
Lucie Arnaz, 70, says she’s impressed with “Being The Ricardos,” taking to Instagram to disclose she not too long ago noticed a screening of the biopic.
“It’s frickin’ wonderful!” she declared. “Sorkin captured an essence of that point in my mother and father’ lives so nicely. He captured the guts of my mom, my father, their relationship.”
She additionally praised Nicole Kidman’s efficiency, saying: “She turned my mom’s soul. She crawled into her head. She cared very deeply about this half, and it reveals.”
Some critics took problem with Kidman being solid as Ball, saying Debra Messing would have been a more sensible choice.
However the Oscar-winning Aussie, 54, is garnering rave opinions for the position.
“Kidman embodies the essence of Lucille Ball, particularly in her mannerisms throughout the rehearsals and filming of episodes,” Selection editor Clayton Davis wrote after watching a preview screening. “She very nicely might break your coronary heart, demanding the viewer’s sympathy and a finest actress nomination could appear virtually actually within the playing cards for her.”
Collider’s Perri Nemiroff concurred, stating: “‘Being The Ricardos’ left me in a puddle of tears. What a wonderful and deeply shifting behind-the-scenes have a look at the pressures and complexities concerned in making that present – highs, lows and all the pieces in between. Nicole Kidman is INCREDIBLE.”
Earlier this week, TCM host Dave Karger wrote: “Final evening’s first large screening of ‘Being The Ricardos’ undoubtedly silenced the skeptics. A fifth Oscar nomination for Nicole Kidman appears particularly probably.”