Essere i Ricardo shows fans a side of Lucille Ball that’s a far cry from the character she portrayed in her iconic sitcom Amo Lucy.
For the upcoming Amazon film, writer/director Aaron Sorkin (L'ala ovest) said he received permission from Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, a “take the gloves off” in the process of portraying her mother.
“We all had lunch together, and she said to me, ‘I know my mother wasn’t an easy woman,'” Sorkin told Il giornalista di Hollywood. “‘Take the gloves off.’ In other words, you can go for it.”
Throughout Essere i Ricardo, the couple clashes behind the scenes of their famous television show Amo Lucy as they deal with a range of issues from cultural taboos, political smear and surprising personal accusations. The famous couple was married in 1940 and later split in 1960.
Both Kidman and Bardem’s casting was criticized by some fans, with some taking issue with Bardem, who is Spanish, playing Arnaz, since he was Cuban-American.
però, Sorkin has said that casting Kidman and Bardem as the Amo Lucy stars was more about Ball and Arnaz as actors rather than their characters on the sitcom.
“I think that the people thought that we’ve cast them as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo,” Sorkin detto Intrattenimento stasera a febbraio. “The film takes place during a production week of Amo Lucy – a Monday table read to Friday audience taping, with a whole bunch of long flashbacks which are telling the story that got us here – and because there’s a table read, there’s rehearsals and then there’s tape night, we do see moments of them being Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.”
Essere i Ricardo premieres in theaters Dec. 10 and on Amazon Prime Video Dec. 21.