Even though Nicole Kidman is going balls to the wall in her new role in The Paperboy – what with the bleached-blonde hair, tight minidresses, and uncomfortably horny delivery — it turns out even she has limits. We’ve already heard chapter and verse about how she was all for peeing on Zac Efron in the movie’s most famous scene, but director Lee Daniels recently revealed that he couldn’t convince his star to utter the N-word.
“I asked her to use the ‘N’ word,” he said at a recent press conference. “I could feel the racial tension there in the town. She said, ‘I won’t do it.’ I told my producer, ‘She won’t do it!’ Then he mapped it out—’Lee, day one she is on a washing machine, day two she is urinating on Zac Efron, day three she’s having telepathic sex… I think you can forgive her.’”
I can understand how as an actor it would take a lot to say a taboo word like that. I’ve heard more of my friends than I would have expected utter it matter-of-factly in conversations about race, but they’re not in a movie being broadcast around the world. However, Nicole’s reasoning doesn’t make the most sense. ”I have a son [Connor Cruise] who is African-American. I just didn’t feel like it was right,” she told reporters. “What I try to do as an actor is fulfill a director’s vision. I have opinions, but at the same time I’m not there to stop him from anything. I’ve really tried to do that in every film. I never want to pull them off their vision.”
It’s great that Nicole is thinking of her kids in her movie choices, but perhaps she needs some perspective here. Connor is 17 and knows the difference between when his mom is acting and when she’s being herself. Plus, if it’s a black director asking Nicole to play up the racial tension, isn’t that like reclaiming the word? Especially if she’s all about not interfering with the director’s vision, which is exactly what she has done here.
When it comes down to it, we at the Crushable office are in consensus that Nicole giving Zac a golden shower or masturbating to a death row inmate is more offensive to her kids.
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