Nicole Kidman exposed
Actress Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban are seen at the red-carpet gala for 'Rabbit Hole' at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 13, 2010.(Richard Lautens/Toronto Star)
When your name’s Nicole Kidman, people tend to return your calls. That’s how easily the Nashville-based Australian movie star made the transition from actor to producer after reading a rave New York Times review of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pultizer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole over a morning coffee back in 2006.
“I called Per (Saari), my production partner, and he sent me the play, which I read (immediately), and we called David … we just got lucky. Just a phone call, and at the end of it we were making a film.”
John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Shortbus) may seem the unlikeliest of directors to helm a picture about a couple “making their way out of the abyss (of grief, after their young child was killed in a traffic accident) and towards the light,” he told attendees at Tuesday’s press conference promoting Rabbit Hole’s premiere at TIFF. But the proof of his ability to capture the essence, elegance, humour and sadness of Lindsay-Abaire’s elegant script is manifest in the buzz the movie is getting at the Festival.
“I feel very exposed, very nervous,” Kidman said about her role as a first-time producer. She has two children from her previous marriage to Tom Cruise, and one with her second husband, Australian country music star Keith Urban.
“I’m responsible for the film. It’s a big weight.”
Kidman and Urban, who live in Nashville – “It’s a very quiet life there, which I relish,” she said – attended the movie’s TIFF gala Monday night, drawing huge crowds.
Her first movie epiphany, she admitted, was when she “wagged (skipped) school for a Stanley Kubrick festival when I was 16 or 17. I ate him up. He’s my biggest influence.”
Kidman noted with some pride that she has been reasonably successful in bringing Urban along, film-wise.
“I took him to his first ever subtitled movie. He loved it. Now he loves reading films.”
- From Greg Quill