Some actors refuse to go nude onscreen; others refuse to take a role for less than seven figures. Nicole Kidman won’t say the N-word. The Paperboy actress had no qualms with the film’s controversial themes, explicit sex scenes, or even peeing on Zac Efron, but she’s resolute when it comes to avoiding derogatory language that hits close to home.
She explained her decision during a recent press conference: “I just didn’t feel it was right for the character. I have a son who is African American [17-year-old Connor Cruise, whose father is Tom Cruise]. I just didn’t feel like it was right.”
Lee Daniels also opened up about his actress’s reservations and how, after his producer pointed out Kidman’s willingness to bare herself onscreen–so to speak–in every other possible way, he was willing to concede. “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.”
The Paperboy premiered at Cannes and is currently showing in limited release.