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Javier Bardem is still defending Woody Allen: ‘It hasn’t been legally proven’

Los Angeles Premiere Of Amazon Studios' 'Being The Ricardos'

Javier Bardem is one of only a handful of actors who worked with Woody Allen and never tried to publicly dissociate themselves from Allen. Diane Keaton is another one, and Scarlett Johansson too. Bardem worked with Allen on Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a film which earned (his wife) Penelope Cruz an Oscar. Penelope is also a Woody Allen defender, although she keeps it vague enough (for the most part) so as to not get hit with “Penelope Cruz is ride-or-die for Woody Allen!” In 2018, Javier went on record saying that he has his doubts about Dylan Farrow’s story and that he believes Woody to be “innocent.” Well, now that Javier is promoting Being the Ricardos, of course he was asked about all of this again. I swear to God, it feels like this film is cursed from top to bottom. Some highlights from Javi’s Guardian interview:

He & Penelope cleaned house during the pandemic: “We gave [our things] to this church, where the priest indoctrinates with his own example, helping immigrants and people who have come out of jail. He made good use of the things we provided.”

On Desi Arnaz: “In 1930s Cuba, Desi was taught to constantly prove his male power, and that [machismo culture] is something I can relate to, for sure.”

A Spaniard playing a Cuban, just like he did in Before Night Falls. “It was a different time, right? But this is what actors do, we create other people’s lives. That can include origins or sexual orientation, accents and behaviours. I think we sometimes go too far in blocking the freedom of creativity by framing what an actor can and cannot do.”

On the situation with Woody Allen: “Pointing fingers at someone is very dangerous if it hasn’t been legally proven. Beyond that, it’s just gossip.”

How Rebecca Hall said she regretted working with Woody: “No, I haven’t seen Rebecca in many, many years. To tell you the truth, I don’t follow any of that, what people said. I try to go where logic dictates, which is: let’s follow the rules that exist to establish whether someone is guilty or innocent. If the case re-opens and he is proven to be guilty, I will be the first to say: ‘What a horrible thing.’ But so far, I haven’t seen that.”

He & Penelope credit Woody for getting them together: “Of course we credit him. He reunited us – lots of credit!” Did they invite him to their wedding? “No, no!” he laughs at the thought. “But I don’t think he would have come. I don’t know how sociable he is.”

Winning the Oscar: “When I won the Oscar, I felt great, but it didn’t make any sense. It was more: ‘Wow, what is this? I need to earn this now so they don’t take it out of my hands!’”

[From The Guardian]

I’m sure the Amazon Studio people are just thrilled that Javier is happily defending Woody yet again. That being said, what did they expect? This isn’t coming out of nowhere, Javier has been saying this sh-t for years. Of course some journalist was going to ask him about it again. That being said, I’m getting really annoyed with all of the Ricardos promotion – no one involved with the film is really making a strong case for why this story, why these actors, why this film.

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Javier Bardem: People didn’t really respect Desi Arnaz ‘for what he was’

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Being the Ricardos is probably the film we’re going to fight about the most during the Oscar season. There are lots of people who are like “give it a chance, Nicole Kidman is really good, I swear!” And then there are a lot of people who are like “no, Nicole and Javier Bardem look nothing like Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, this is actually offensively bad.” All I can say right now is that the trailers don’t make the film look good or well-done in any way. The Hollywood Reporter’s cover story is all about the making of the film and how Aaron Sorkin didn’t care that the actors looked nothing like the people they were portraying, and how both Kidman and Bardem were calling their agents and trying to get out of this film. You can read the whole THR piece here, it’s one of the most chaotic “making of” stories I’ve read in a while. Some highlights:

Bardem had no idea: “I wasn’t aware of how big it was,” Bardem says of I Love Lucy. There was a subtitled version in Spain — Te Quiero Lucy — but Bardem never saw it. “When I really started digging into him, the deeper I got, the more I knew how iconic [the show] was … it was like, ‘Sh-t.’”

The actors begged Aaron Sorkin to push back filming: At first, Kidman and Bardem dispatched their agents to get them out of the film. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, this whole thing’s falling apart,’” says producer Todd Black, who talked their representatives out of letting their clients jump. Then the actors scheduled a Zoom meeting with Sorkin and begged him to push the movie a year. Sorkin investigated delaying the $40 million production, but his distributor, Amazon, eager to meet a voracious appetite for content during the pandemic, wanted the movie to move forward as soon as possible, and re-syncing the crowded calendars of his in-demand leads down the line would be daunting. Within a day, Sorkin got back to his actors with the news that the movie would indeed start shooting March 29. “So then it was like, ‘Oh, no. Oh, no. We actually have to do this,’” Kidman recalls.

Kidman on how Lucille Ball wanted to be a dramatic actor: “She wanted to be a movie star. She never got to be that, and that’s sort of heartbreaking. But her failures turned out to be her successes, which is something I relate to.”

Bardem on Desi: “It’s the energy of someone that has to belong. And make everybody understand that just because he’s a foreigner, he doesn’t have to be put in a box. I’ve been lucky enough to be included in a film industry that goes beyond the Spanish film industry. Being Desi Arnaz in the ’50s in the States was a different thing. It was like being an alien. It was something very unique, especially when you were married to an American icon. People didn’t really respect him for what he was.”

Bardem on whether the role should have gone to a Latin-American actor: “I’m an actor, and that’s what I do for a living: try to be people that I’m not,” Bardem says. “What do we do with Marlon Brando playing Vito Corleone? What do we do with Margaret Thatcher played by Meryl Streep? Daniel Day-Lewis playing Lincoln? Why does this conversation happen with people with accents? You have your accent. That’s where you belong. That’s tricky. Where is that conversation with English-speaking people doing things like The Last Duel, where they were supposed to be French people in the Middle Ages? That’s fine. But me, with my Spanish accent, being Cuban? What I mean is, if we want to open the can of worms, let’s open it for everyone. The role came to me, and one thing that I know for sure is that I’m going to give everything that I have.”

Bardem had even more thoughts on his casting: “I was going to add something about the famous question. We should all start not allowing anybody to play Hamlet unless they were born in Denmark.” A day after the interview, Bardem is still thinking about it, and emails something else he wanted to say on the topic, in which he seems to have given more thought to the subject not just of his own exclusion but also the exclusion of others. “I do recognize that there are many underrepresented voices and stories that need to be told, and we should collectively do better to provide access and opportunities for more American Latino stories and storytellers,” he says in the email.

[From THR]

I mean… I feel bad for Kidman and Bardem a little bit. THR makes it abundantly clear that neither of them had any idea how iconic Lucy and Desi were in America, and when they understood the weight of these icons, both actors were like “holy sh-t, we need to get out of this.” As for what Bardem says about his casting as a Cuban immigrant… I have mixed feelings but ultimately I’d like to hear from Latin-Americans and specifically Cubans and Cuban-American actors. I genuinely want to know how they feel about Bardem’s casting.

Here are some photos from the Sydney premiere of Being the Ricardos. I loved Nicole’s dress, honestly.

Nicole Kidman and Rita Ora join other stars for the Australian premiere of 'Being The Ricardos'

Nicole Kidman and Rita Ora join other stars for the Australian premiere of 'Being The Ricardos'

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Nicole Kidman in Armani at the LA ‘Ricardos’ premiere: icy & frozen?

Los Angeles Premiere Of Amazon Studios' 'Being The Ricardos'

Last week was the first screening/premiere for Being the Ricardos, Aaron Sorkin’s take on the real Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Apparently, the “real story” is that Desi and Lucy looked nothing like that in real life! These are photos from last night’s LA premiere, which seemed a lot bigger than the NYC premiere. Bigger and yet… more sparsely attended? It’s almost as if no one wants to see this movie, weird.

Nicole decided to go for a princess gown – this is Armani Prive, in an icy, pale blue. This partly reminds me of those years when Nicole was legitimately a fashionista, and someone who liked to make big, dramatic red carpet appearances. Somewhere along the line, she just didn’t care as much though. It’s nice to see that she’ll still pull out some big look every now and then. My big issue here is that I think the makeup is wrong? That red lip is bad for the rest of the look.

I’ve called this film cursed several times and people have yelled at me because apparently people attending early screenings have enjoyed the film, and Nicole is still on a lot of people’s Oscar short-lists for the Best Actress Oscar. Both things can be true: Nicole might get an Oscar nomination, and the film looks like a f–king messy, cheap joke. One doesn’t preclude the other.

Javier Bardem recently spoke to the Today Show about his reaction to seeing Nicole in her Lucy drag for the first time: “I was doing my test with wardrobe, the hair, the makeup, and then she came in … and there was a silence. They really nailed the look of Lucy Ricardo, no? And I felt, ‘Well, here is my wife. Hi. This is your husband. Whether you like it or not, this is your husband.’” LOL, I wonder if the silence was because SHE LOOKS NOTHING LIKE LUCY.

Los Angeles Premiere Of Amazon Studios' 'Being The Ricardos'

Los Angeles Premiere Of Amazon Studios' 'Being The Ricardos'

Los Angeles Premiere Of Amazon Studios' 'Being The Ricardos'

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Nicole Kidman wore Chanel to the cursed ‘Being the Ricardos’ premiere

Being The Ricardos NY Premiere

Here are some photos from Thursday night’s premiere of Being the Ricardos, one of the most cursed films of the year. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are trying to muster up some chemistry for the cameras, which is funny because I tend to believe that Javier can have chemistry with anyone or anything. He could have chemistry with a lamppost. He could have sexual energy with a plant. If anything, I believe that his Spanish-accented take on Desi Arnaz will be accepted by audiences because Javier will coast on his own charisma. All of the negative energy is going towards Nicole as Lucille Ball.

As for fashion, Nicole wore Chanel. It’s not the best thing she’s worn but it’s far from the worst. RCFP posted the dress as it appeared on the runway, and I think Chanel actually improved it for Nicole. It was way too drapey and art-project-y on the runway. I mean, it’s still an ugly dress. But Nicole wore it better. Nicole is famous for being a fashion icon, and she’s someone who knows how to harness the power of fashion to help sell her projects. So doesn’t it feel like she’s already phoning this one in?

I’m reminded of how hard Nicole sells the projects she produces and puts together, like Big Little Lies. On Ricardos, Nicole was an actress for hire, and she’s indicated in interviews that she basically said yes to the project because she liked Aaron Sorkin’s script. It didn’t really occur to her that she was about to play one of the most iconic redheads in modern history, and that she might need to do some research and work into sounding and looking like Lucille Ball. On a recent TV appearance, Nicole said she wasn’t “initially” anxious when she took the role but “When the reality of playing her hit me, I went, ‘What I have said yes to?’ To which I then went, ‘Oh no, I’m not right. Everyone thinks I’m not right, so I’m going to try to sidestep this.’” Then Aaron Sorkin convinced her to stay on. Ugh. Nicole is giving us someone to blame when this mess blows up in her face.

Amazon Studios Premiere of Being The Ricardos

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The character posters are terrible too!! Why does everything about this cursed film look so low-budget?

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Nicole Kidman wore Chanel to the ‘Being the Ricardos’ premiere

Being The Ricardos NY Premiere

Here are some photos from Thursday night’s premiere of Being the Ricardos, one of the most cursed films of the year. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are trying to muster up some chemistry for the cameras, which is funny because I tend to believe that Javier can have chemistry with anyone or anything. He could have chemistry with a lamppost. He could have sexual energy with a plant. If anything, I believe that his Spanish-accented take on Desi Arnaz will be accepted by audiences because Javier will coast on his own charisma. All of the negative energy is going towards Nicole as Lucille Ball.

As for fashion, Nicole wore Chanel. It’s not the best thing she’s worn but it’s far from the worst. RCFP posted the dress as it appeared on the runway, and I think Chanel actually improved it for Nicole. It was way too drapey and art-project-y on the runway. I mean, it’s still an ugly dress. But Nicole wore it better. Nicole is famous for being a fashion icon, and she’s someone who knows how to harness the power of fashion to help sell her projects. So doesn’t it feel like she’s already phoning this one in?

I’m reminded of how hard Nicole sells the projects she produces and puts together, like Big Little Lies. On Ricardos, Nicole was an actress for hire, and she’s indicated in interviews that she basically said yes to the project because she liked Aaron Sorkin’s script. It didn’t really occur to her that she was about to play one of the most iconic redheads in modern history, and that she might need to do some research and work into sounding and looking like Lucille Ball. On a recent TV appearance, Nicole said she wasn’t “initially” anxious when she took the role but “When the reality of playing her hit me, I went, ‘What I have said yes to?’ To which I then went, ‘Oh no, I’m not right. Everyone thinks I’m not right, so I’m going to try to sidestep this.’” Then Aaron Sorkin convinced her to stay on. Ugh. Nicole is giving us someone to blame when this mess blows up in her face.

Amazon Studios Premiere of Being The Ricardos

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The character posters are terrible too!! Why does everything about this cursed film look so low-budget?

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid.

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Aaron Sorkin told Nicole Kidman she didn’t have to get Lucille Ball’s voice right

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I still can’t get over how bad Being the Ricardos looks. I still say that one of the most offensive things about the trailers is how cheap everything looks! Aaron Sorkin wrote and directed the film, and the casting was approved by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s children, but honestly… other choices should have been made at every level. The reaction, last week, to the full-length trailer was not good. Even though this film is more than a month away from premiering on Amazon Prime, it does feel like Aaron Sorkin, Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman are being sent out to do some damage control on how bad this looks. There are several new quotes from all three, and here are some highlights:

Kidman wasn’t sure about any of this: “I had massive trepidation about a month prior, and Aaron had to get on the phone and send me emails saying, ‘You’ve got this.’ It was frightening but incredibly exciting.”

Kidman didn’t know much about Lucille Ball: Kidman told the [Variety] audience that while she loved Ball and the show, she didn’t know “the woman behind the lipstick…I fell in love with her as I was reading the script. I realized what she was doing [was] trailblazing for women.”

Javier didn’t know much about Desi: Despite “I Love Lucy’s” popularity in Bardem’s native Spain, he too said he didn’t know much about the man beyond his performance. He said, “I was obsessed with him and his skills as a comedian, as a person, as a producer and a musician at that time while being a foreigner in this country.” Bardem wasn’t just playing the comedian, he was playing a charming performer. Someone who he says was “sexual and sensual. The energy had to be there, and I had fun embodying that.”

Kidman did research, okay? “I studied [her movements] and learned them. It went into my body and my memory. It was my obsession to get it absolutely accurate. It was [writer/director Aaron Sorkin’s] obsession to have this human being portrayed — what’s behind the creation of Lucy Ricardo and who is the woman behind this character?”

Aaron Sorkin on his terrible casting: “I’d make it very clear to them that I am not looking for a physical or vocal impersonation of these people. Leading up to the first rehearsal, I’d write to them every day, ‘Just play the characters who are in the script.’ I know that Nicole was working on Lucy’s voice for a while, and I wanted to relieve her of that. As far as audience anticipation, that’s something I’m just not worried about. I’m certain that when people see the movie, they’ll leave feeling that Nicole has made a very solid case for herself, but moreover, I’ve found that you can really leverage low expectations.”

[From People & Variety]

I’m sorry what? “I know that Nicole was working on Lucy’s voice for a while, and I wanted to relieve her of that…” So not only does Nicole Kidman look nothing like Lucille Ball, she also doesn’t sound anything like Lucille Ball and she’s absolutely nothing like Lucille Ball in general. Good to know! While I think Kidman is legitimately talented and arguably one of the better actors of her generation, she does have an Achilles heel, and she’s had it throughout her career: her American characters always sound a bit Australian. So Sorkin told Kidman, don’t worry about getting the voice right, it’s totes fine if LUCILLE BALL sounds like she’s Australian?!?!

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The ‘Being the Ricardos’ trailer edited around Nicole Kidman’s Lucille Ball

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In January, the main cast for Being the Ricardos was announced: Nicole Kidman playing Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem playing Desi Arnaz. The script was written by Aaron Sorkin, with the blessing and approval of Desi and Lucy’s children, and Sorkin has directed his own script. One of (arguably) the most important decisions for any director is casting. Sorkin just missed the mark completely with both of the primary roles, it’s not even funny. Not even the paparazzi photos from the set were fooling anyone – Kidman’s Lucille Ball drag just looked terrible. Well, I guess Amazon and Sorkin know that they’ve got a big dud on their hands. Amazon Studios just released the first teaser trailer and they barely show Kidman. It’s an editing masterclass!

To be clear, I don’t hate Nicole. I think she is still very talented and I would love to see her do more sh-t like The Undoing, where she plays crazy rich bitches who wander around cities in pretty coats. THAT is her wheelhouse, and the Botox works in her favor with those kinds of roles. In roles where she has to play a real life person – and not just that, one of the greatest comediennes of all time – she falls flat at this point. It also feels like she barely did any work for this! She’s doing next to nothing with her voice, she’s just trying to do a flat American accent (and failing). She just plopped on a dollar-store Halloween wig and thought that would be it.

Should I even start in on Javier Bardem? His accent work is bad too! Desi had a Cuban accent, which is different than Javier’s Spanish accent. And Javier looks NOTHING like Desi. This film is so messy, my God.

Nicole Kidman is the spitting image of Lucille Ball on the set of the comedian’s biopic! https://t.co/44WPhbFmls pic.twitter.com/hR2xC0Wyjv

— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) April 29, 2021

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