Nicole Kidman reportedly refused to say the N-word for 'The Paperboy' role
Nicole Kidman was willing to do a lot of things in her role as Charlotte Bless in "The Paperboy," but there was one word the actress refused to use.
The film's director, Lee Daniels, reportedly told journalists at a press conference for the movie at the New York Film Festival, that he wanted the actress to say the N-word at a black co-star in a scene for the film, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The director was puzzled as to why the actress would not say the word, to which Kidman said to reporters, "I didn't feel like it was right for the character."
She later added, according to the newspaper, "I have a son who's African American and I just didn't feel it was right. It wasn't right."
Kidman was referring to her only son, 17-year-old Connor Cruise, who she adopted with ex-husband Tom Cruise. The former couple also has an adopted daughter, 19-year-old Isabella Jane. The 45-year-old actress also has two daughters from her marriage to Country singer Keith Urban, 4-year-old Sunday Rose Kidman Urban and 1-year-old Faith Margaret Kidman Urban.
Daniels reportedly told the press that he was frustrated by Kidman's refusal at first but after explaining his feelings to a producer, the producer pointed out that the director had already put her in what the newspaper describes as a "compromising sexual position" and filmed a scene where Kidman urinates on co-star Zac Efron after his character gets stung by a school of jellyfish.
Daniels, who was nominated for an Academy Award for directing "Precious," also revealed during the press conference that he asked Kidman to do her own makeup for the duration of the film.
"The Paperboy" is about a reporter named Ward Jansen, played Matthew McConaughey, who returns to his hometown in Florida to investigate the events surrounding a murder in hopes of exonerating Hillary Van Wetter, played by John Cusack, who is death row.
Kidman plays Wetter's seductive lover Charlotte. Efron also stars in the film as Ward's younger brother Jack, who helps him investigate the case and falls for Charlotte. The movie is based on a true story and is set to hit theaters on October 5.
The actress appeared at the premiere in New York City wearing a red L'Wren Scott dress. Check out the trailer for the film below.