Back in the 1990s, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise were one of Hollywood’s biggest power couples. The pair met on the set of Days of Thunder in November 1989 and were married just over a year later on Christmas Eve. They would adopt two children together over the course of their 11-year marriage, which ended in 2001, and also star in another film together, Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.
Today, Kidman is married to country star Keith Urban, while Cruise has had a string of …well, more complicated relationships. While Kidman admits she’s reluctant to speak publicly about her marriage to Cruise, she revealed in a new interview with New York’s The Cut that the union offered her a form of protection as a young actress.
“Being married to Tom Cruise at 22 is something I’m always reluctant to talk about, because I’m married now to the man who is my great love, and it almost feels disrespectful,” the Big Little Lies star admitted. “That said, I got married very young, but it definitely wasn’t power for me — it was protection. I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed. I would work, but I was still very much cocooned. So when I came out of it at 32, 33, it’s almost like I had to grow up.”
Despite this, Kidman admits that she’s had her own “#MeToo moments,” but declined to reveal the incidents. “Do they come out in my work? Absolutely. I’m open and raw. I want to have my well of experience and emotion tapped into, used — and I’m not just talking about sexual harassment,” she said. “I’m talking about loss, death, the full array of life. But it has to be by the right people so it’s not abused again.”
Kidman will next appear in Aquaman and Destroyer, the latter of which is generating Oscars buzz for her performance. Her full interview with The Cut can be found here.
Source: The Cut
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The Worst Movie Casting Decisions EverMGM
A bad casting decision won’t hinder a bad movie, but put the wrong person in the wrong role and a good movie becomes “Golden Razzie” fare. Since the first silent films, casting agents have made some dubious choices to portray legendary or pop culture figures. John Wayne was a western movie legend, but was horribly miscast as Ghengis Khan in The Conqueror. I am sure Khan never waddled up to one of his enemies and said “Wa-Ha, pardner, care ta taste some of ma cold steel.” The Conqueror was universally loathed for both Wayne’s acting and Howard Hughes heavy handed direction.
Wayne’s unfortunate turn as a Mongol was not the most egregious choice ever, but it certainly took his Hollywood cred down some. Mickey Rooney suffered the same fate, having to portray an Oriental man in the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He did it in what can only be described as the most racist portrayal of a Japanese man ever, complete with round glasses, mouth prosthetic and ‘yellow face’. With that in mind, here are 50 casting decisions that qualify as stinkers.