Nicole Kidman’s ‘Lucy’ face is finally in the new trailer for ‘Being the Ricardos’

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Last month, the first teaser trailer for Being the Ricardos was released. The film is about what was happening behind-the-scenes of I Love Lucy, with Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s failing marriage and perhaps the communist witch hunt too. The teaser trailer was edited around Nicole Kidman’s face, which was noted at the time for being a pretty bad omen. The casting is just too terrible to get beyond, honestly. Anyway, there’s a “full-length” trailer out now. They’re still trying to be kind of coy about Nicole’s face and how she looks absolutely nothing like Lucille Ball, but at least they really do show her face.

This looks so bad. Really, really bad. And can I just say? It looks CHEAP. This is something Aaron Sorkin wrote and directed, with Amazon Prime money! Why does everything look like it’s from a budget Lifetime movie? Why is everyone being so squirrelly about Kidman’s face and the actual story? I pity the poor editor who is being forced into cutting these trailers.

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Screencaps courtesy of ‘Being the Ricardos’.

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  1. ME says:

    Oh boy…

  2. Mac says:

    Nicole Kidman needs a new agent.

    • Noki says:

      Her agent is clearly amazing for being able to still book her when her face has been frozen for years now. It looks painful and its getting worse Nine Perfect Strangers and The Undoing were so distracted by her face.

      • backyard mogul says:

        I completely agree! She spends all her time try to convey emotions by widening or narrowing her eyes. Very distracting and kind of pathetic.

  3. minx says:

    Looks like a sh*tshow, despite all the talent involved.

  4. Jan90067 says:

    NEITHER of them *looks* like their real life counterparts. Neither of them *sounds* like Lucy & Ricky, either. This is an EPIC fail, I don’t care how “good” the script is. This is a ego/star-clusterf*** of huge proportions.

    I truly don’t understand how L&R’s kids could’ve signed off on this casting. Even if you are *not* portraying them as “The Ricardos” (funny), but as “The Arnazes” (a couple with a LOT of problems), this is just SO off!

  5. HeatherC says:

    I’m going to give it a chance. I like the cast. In this brief trailer, the scenes they chose NK captured some mannerisms.

    Besides, however she looks in the movie, she will never look as bad or as scary as the original sculpture of Lucille Ball for her home town. (Seriously, look up Scary Lucille Ball Statue).

    • Erin says:

      I agree, I see flashes of Lucy in her mannerisms and hear a tiny bit of her in her voice but the face is definitely distracting. Javier Bardem is too brooding and voice too deep for Ricky though. I love I Love Lucy and used to watch it all the time when it finally came on Amazon streaming so I will watch this.

    • The Recluse says:

      Desi Arnaz Jr. actually played his dad in an old SNL skit when his dad was hosting. And make sure you look up their spoof of the Untouchables featuring Desi Senior playing himself as a gangster with Lucy, played by Gilda Radner.

    • Kaykay says:

      lmao, I love those fails. Just like Ronaldo’s statue in Madeira, or Cecilia Jimenez’s version of Jesus.

  6. Amy Bee says:

    I looks OK to me, I’d watch it if I had Amazon Prime. Its just that Nicole doesn’t look like Lucy. In fact she makes Lucy look like she had a face lift.

  7. Mia4s says:

    Oh. Oh no.

    Uhhhh. How about I just go ahead and recommend Season 3 of the podcast “The Plot Thickens” which is all about Lucy’s life? The whole podcast is great actually but this current season is all Lucy.

    Annnnd, moving on.

  8. WithTheAmerican says:

    I’m not bothered. I’m going to watch it and see. NK has chops, maybe she rescues this.

  9. Zut Alors says:

    That face is no bueno.

  10. Natters says:

    There is a YouTube trailer with Lucy Arnaz giving her thumbs up on how amazing the movie is and how it was just like seeing her parents again. It was obvious they did the video as damage control and of course she is going to say it was great as she is financially invested in the project. What a train wreck!

    • Apple Cart says:

      I saw that video too and she as pushing they got the “essence” of them. Nicole needs to stop trying to be historical figures. It does not work for her i.e. Grace Kelly.

  11. Lena says:

    Nicole Kidman doesn’t have to star in EVERYTHING. This is one she should have passed on, as well as Bardem who seems just as off.

  12. Margo says:

    I don’t know – we are talking about Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem! These are SERIOUS actors. I think we might be in for a real surprise – one of those situations where the performance overtakes the visual appearance. Let’s hope so!

  13. huckle says:

    I don’t care, I’m watching it.

  14. Lukie says:

    …but her face doesn’t move enough to play Lucille Ball 🤷🏽‍♀️

  15. shabs says:

    i don’t really know lucille ball, but based on photos and the trailer – looks fine to me?

  16. TeamMeg says:

    I can’t even bring myself to watch the trailer.

  17. Nicole says:

    I don’t understand what’s going on with her forehead. Is that prosthesis or botox? It’s weirdly square.

  18. Bookie says:

    It looks awful – but I’ll still watch it the minute it comes out.

  19. Gigi says:

    It’s not even about looking like Lucille Ball. Nicole has messed with her face to the point where it looks plastic onscreen. It’s distracting and unfortunate.

  20. MarJo says:

    This is not a documentary. The actor does not have to look like the person who inspired the character.

    • AmB says:

      That’s true, and in fact I agree wholeheartedly that telling the story doesn’t require mimicry; but apparently the goal of this production is to achieve as close physical resemblance as possible, and it’s falling short.

  21. K says:

    Oh my. No No no.

  22. coolspray says:

    This looks budget and boring AF. All of Sorkin’s movies are so masturbatory; I get the impression he’s smugly congratulating himself on another masterpiece before the filming is even wrapped.

  23. Jess says:

    She looks like Amy Schumer omg

  24. tealily says:

    They didn’t do her eyebrows right.

    I dunno, I’m not really interested in this one but I’ll probably watch it at some point. I do, however, Love Lucy.

  25. jferber says:

    Just not seeing it.

  26. Mcmmom says:

    Eh, it’s acting, not an impersonation.
    The trailer looked compelling.

  27. Bread and Circuses says:

    Deborah Messing would have been a much better choice, but I guess a television actress is not prestigious enough for either Hollywood’s funding gauntlet or Sorkin’s ego.

    Could’ve afforded a better set if they weren’t paying for film star salaries, though.