Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem in talks to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos and I hate it all

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In 2015, five and a hundred years ago, we learned that Aaron Sorkin was writing a Lucille Ball biopic that would star Cate Blanchett. Now Sorkin is finally making the project happen, despite not being Blanchett’s star anymore. Titled Being the Ricardos, the film, which Sorkin will also direct, will follow Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz for a week as they produce their TV show and encounter difficulties in their marriage. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in talks to play Lucy and Desi respectively, and I hate it all. Although I didn’t initially dislike the idea of ​​Sorkin writing a biopic of Ball, the format of Being the Ricardos, after a hectic TV production during a working week, gives me Studio 60 sur Sunset Strip atmosphere. Huge energy.
But above all, I don’t like this casting at all. I say this as someone who loves Nicole Kidman: she’s dead wrong for this role. Lucille Ball was a strikingly beautiful woman, but she also had the perfect comedy face. His face tightened, twisted, tugged and creased for an expressive and grandiose comic effect. Kidman, however, was never known as a particularly expressive actor. She is a mistress of the stillness of perfection. Consider Die for, Eyes Wide Shut, Rabbit hole, Chauffeur, Big little lies, in all of these great performances, it’s not her expressiveness that dominates her performances, it’s how calm she is, and often the slightest hint of expression is the whole crack in the facade that Kidman gives to reveal the depths of its characters. But Lucy is all about the outward expression. Like many great comic artists, such as Jim Carrey and Heidi Gardner, she had an elastic face that seemed to move in all directions at once. Nicole Kidman is a great actress, but I can’t physically see her playing Lucille Ball in all her crumpled-face glory.

And then there’s Javier Bardem, a Spaniard, playing Desi Arnaz, a Cuban-American icon.

White Americans remain confused about the distinctions within the Latinx community and that the Spaniards are not the same thing. Javier Bardem is also a great actor, and he’s COMPLETELY WRONG for this role as well. I can’t believe they haven’t found a Latinx actor to play Desi Arnaz. It doesn’t even go into the nuance of finding an actor of uniquely Cuban origin, it’s just a matter of being in the stage of actual Latinx representation (but what, wasn’t Raul Esparza taking calls this day?). In these cases, everyone is still shouting “get the best actor for the role,” but we’re still so f-cking the portrayal that a lot of people don’t get a chance to tell their own stories. Desi Arnaz was a revolutionary figure in Latin American representation in American culture, but he will not be played by a Latin American actor in the cinema. Irony!

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