It’s been more than 20 years since “Eyes Wide Shut” debuted in 1999, and star Nicole Kidman is looking back on her experience making the erotic thriller with then-husband Tom Cruise and acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick.
Working on what would be Kubrick’s final film, Kidman said in a new interview with The New York Times Magazine that she “was on the forefront of” portraying graphic sex onscreen.
However, she admitted that she was hesitant when the brilliant but eccentric director told her what he expected from her during from what would be a torturous 400-day shoot (setting the Guinness World Record for longest continual film shoot).
“He was like, ‘I’m going to want full-frontal nudity,’ and I was like, ‘Ahh, I don’t know,'” Kidman said.
“So we came up with a great agreement, which was contractual. He would show me the scenes with the nudity before they made it into the film. Then I could feel completely safe,” she explained.
Ultimately, she added, “I didn’t say no to any of it. I’d wanted to make sure that it wasn’t going to be me standing there nude and everyone laughing at me.”
Admitting she’d felt “protected” during the process, Kidman added, “Having them say, ‘Once you’re okay with it, great, that’s it’ — what a fantastic place to be in as a woman.”