In a very thoughtful and honest piece for The Hollywood Reporter, Nicole Kidman remembers working on “Eyes Wide Shut” with Stanley Kubrick, and the ripple effect on her relationship with then-husband Tom Cruise.
When it comes to the controversial film, Kidman insists, “People thought that making the film was the beginning of the end of my marriage — but I don’t really think it was. 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.”
Kidman also remembered how painful Kubrick’s death was for her. “Stanley had sent over the cut he considered done to us, Tom and I watched it in New York — and then he died. The next morning, I got the phone call. That was one of the worst calls — I just started screaming; I had Isabella and Connor in the kitchen with me. Tom and I immediately got on a plane. The funeral was so traumatic. I truly loved Stanley and felt very connected to him. He was in our lives intensely for about four years.”