After yesterday’s nearly two-minute exploration of a massive one shot from Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, today we get a different kind of close-up look at movie magic. Well, I don’t exactly have any visuals per se, but in this case you might not want any.
As I noted in The Paperboy from Cannes, there is a moment in the film where Nicole Kidman‘s inmate loving, white trash sex kitten character is forced to pee on Zac Efron‘s character after he’s stung multiple times by jellyfish around the face and his upper body. I wrote, “Kidman is certainly a sight, but not one to fawn over, and if her character’s stupidity doesn’t cause for disgust, the moment we watch her pee on Jack’s face after he’s stung by a jellyfish most likely will.”
So where does the magic come in? Well, in an interview with Deadline it’s revealed that when Kidman’s character yells, “If anyone is gonna pee on him, it’s gonna be me!” at a trio of girls suggesting they urinate on the wounds she wasn’t kidding. There was no “stunt pee” used notes Deadline’s Pete Hammond.
Kidman says of the scene, “Yes, I did the scene. That was what [director Lee Daniels] wanted. It was in the script. And it’s pretty out there. I mean I love Zac. He’s such a great guy and let me just say I am glad it was him. I feel safe with Zac and hopefully he feels safe with me. Oh my God I can’t believe it’s all over Twitter. Of course it would be all over Twitter.”
When Kidman says she can’t believe “it’s all over Twitter” at that moment she’s referring to the mentioning of the scene, but until now I’m not sure anyone realized she actually urinated on Efron. Talk about giving your all for your craft.
The Paperboy does not yet have a release date and also stars Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, David Oyelowo and Macy Gray To read my review from this year’s Cannes Film Festival click here.