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Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise appear in a still from the 1999 film, Eyes Wide Shut. - Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Nicole Kidman: 'Eyes Wide Shut' did not spur Tom Cruise divorce

10/24/2012 by Olivia Allin

Nicole Kidman opened up about legendary director Stanley Kubrick and said she doesn't think "Eyes Wide Shut" spurred her divorce from Tom Cruise.

The 1999 film was the last film directed by Kubrick before his death on March 7, 1999. Kidman and Cruise announced their separation on February 5, 2001.

"People thought that making the film was the beginning of the end of my marriage -- but I don't really think it was," Kidman told the Hollywood Reporter. "Tom and I were close then, and it was very much the three of us. Onscreen, the husband and wife are at odds, and Stanley wanted to use our marriage as a supposed reality. That was Stanley: He used the movie as provocation, pretending it was our sex life. Which we weren't oblivious to, but obviously it wasn't us. We both decided to dedicate ourselves to a great filmmaker and artist."

The three spent two years filming "Eyes Wide Shut," which received generally positive reviews but was censored for its sexual content.

"Stanley had to coax me into some of the sexuality in the film in the beginning, but we shot things that were a lot more extreme that didn't end up in the movie," Kidman said. "I did feel safe --I never felt it was exploitive or unintelligent. He was very different with women than he was with men. He has daughters, so he was very paternal with me."

Kubrick is known for films like "A Clockwork Orange," "The Shining," "Lolita," "Full Metal Jacket" and "2001: A Space Odyssey." A retrospective of his films will be exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), beginning on November 1.

Kidman has spoken of her divorce from Cruise several times in the wake of his recent divorce from Katie Holmes. The 45-year-old actress, who met Cruise on the set of their movie "Days of Thunder," recently told Harper's Bazaar magazine that she had "fame by association."

"It was like, 'I'm here and I'm clutching onto your arm, and it all feels a little overwhelming and really strange,'" Kidman told the magazine. "I was shy. Deeply shy. I didn't feel comfortable at all."

The actress and Cruise, 50, divorced in 2001 after 10 years of marriage and he won custody of their adopted son and daughter, Connor, 17, and Isabella, 19. Kidman remarried in 2006. She and her husband, country music singer and new "American Idol" judge Keith Urban, 44, are parents to two daughters - Sunday, 4, and Faith, 1.

Kidman can be seen in the recently released film "The Paperboy." The film 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 on death row. The actress plays Wetter's seductive lover Charlotte. Zac Efron also stars in the film as Ward's younger brother Jack, who helps him investigate the case and falls for Charlotte.

Watch the trailer for "Eyes Wide Shut" below.

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