How Aaron Sorkin got Nicole Kidman past early outcries over her Lucille Ball casting

When it was first announced that Nicole Kidman would be playing Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s (SHS  1979) Being the Ricardos,” many fans of “I Love Lucy” were beyond skeptical, calling for a replacement for the “miscast” Kidman. But shortly after the first public preview of the fictionalized Amazon Studios biopic at a packed Westwood theater in mid-November, the tone began to change. Kidman’s name in the end credits elicited thunderous applause, and her entrance for a post-screening Q&A was welcomed with a standing ovation.

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