With a simple confession of unconsummated lust, Nicole Kidman's character in Eyes Wide Shut destroys the well-ordered existence of her husband, played by her real-life spouse, Tom Cruise. Fantasies of betrayal catapult him into New York City's sexual underground, as only the late director Stanley Kubrick could imagine it. CBS This Morning Co-Anchor Mark McEwen reports.
"It's just stuff that you usually keep to yourself [in real life]," says Kidman. "And suddenly we're having toÂ…talk about things that you usually don't talk about."
Cruise and Kidman worked on the suspense thriller for about two years, so it was inevitable that they brought their work home with them.
"We tried fighting it," says Kidman. "And then we said, 'You know something? We're not machines. This is going to happen. We're going to bring it home. You know, we're living together. We're working together. I mean, this is a 24-hour thing'."
"And Stanley demanded 24-hour dedication. He wanted you to be obsessed. He encouraged it. So we said, 'Why not?' And it wasn't a conscious decision. It just sort of happened. But we didn't fight it," she notes.
Some of the scenes required as many as 60 or 70 takes, and others as few as two. But Kidman says she is happy to have had the chance to work with Kubrick.
"You feel proud, but his life should have been longer," says Kidman. "We were denied more of the Kubrick genius, which is sad, really sad."
Working on Eyes Wide Shut forced Kidman to strip herself naked, emotionally and physically.
"I don't even think it's something I wanted to do for the movie," says the actress. "It was more dealing with the subject matter, which is sex, desire, jealousy."
"But I just don't want to show anything, because then I think that you're censoring the director. And I think part of being an actor is being dedicated to the director's vision, and saying to him, 'OK. I believe in you, and I trust you, and I believe in your talent,'" Kidman says.
It seems Kidman is living a fantasy being a respected actress, loving mother, and wife of an actor repeatedly included on lists of the sexiest men alive. So what exactly does Kidman find sexy about Cruise?
"I've said that his hands are sexy," says Kidman, pointing out his humor as well. "I also find his commitment's really sexy to meÂ….There's something about someone [who has] that kind of desire to be just with you [that] is really sexy."
She and Cruise often find themselves obsessing on their children, Kidman says. Her recommendation: Get away with your husband and play once in a while.
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