Of course, this is all a long-winded and off-topic way of imploring you to read this The Hollywood Reporter piece written by Kidman about her experiences filming Eyes Wide Shut for director Stanley Kubrick. It's a wonderful read and the type of story that we don't get to read about all that often in such eloquence. Actors normally do their talk show appearances and journalist interviews, but to allow somebody of Kidman's stature to sit down and fully form her experiences into a piece such as this is rare and a treat. I loved the way she speaks so freely about the sexual nature of the project, and the especially the way she is so open about discussing Tom Cruise, her co-star and husband at the time. I doubt we'd ever read or hear Cruise being so nonchalant and carefree about discussing past marriages.
Of course, the article is full of lovely anecdotes that only Kidman would tell, which makes for a gloriously personal piece. It really proves that she's not only willing to go there with directors, but has the intelligence and the eagerness to dig deep and to embrace the subjects that these filmmakers want to navigate. Kidman was frequently said that she'd love to become a director and that her relationship with Jane Campion has only strengthened her desire to do so, and based on her history of working with famously prickly auteurs on daring projects that are confronting and frequently controversial (her most recent film, Lee Daniels' The Paperboy certainly ticks those boxes) makes me suspect her talents would lend particularly well to the craft of directing. We could use more actors of her type and this Kubrick piece is just another example of why she's my favourite.
I saw my first Stanley Kubrick movie in Sydney when I was 13 or 14: A Clockwork Orange. (I used to "wag school," or play hooky.) It kind of went over my head, but I was deeply disturbed. I saw The Shining when it came out, and I was making out in the back row. I told that to Stanley -- he really loved that!