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Nicole Kidman fought with 'Paperboy' director over derogatory term

Nicole Kidman fought with 'Paperboy' director over derogatory term © AP Nicole Kidman fought with 'Paperboy' director over derogatory term


Nicole Kidman got into an argument with director Lee Daniels on the set of erotic thriller "The Paperboy," after refusing to use a racial slur included in the script.

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The actress, who plays prisoner John Cusack's lover in the upcoming movie, pushed her boundaries to the limit by filming three controversial scenes in the first three days of production. However, Kidman drew the line when it came to using the N-word, and her stance caused major tension with her director.

Daniels tells the New York Post, "Her character was supposed to say the N-word, and she wouldn't say it. I was angry. My producer tells me, 'Are you serious? She bends over a washing machine [for a sex scene] the first day, she has telepathic sex with Cusack in prison on the second day, she urinates on Zac Efron on the third day, and you're angry because she won't say the N-word? "Give the girl a break.' I said, 'Alright.'"

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At a press conference for the film on Wednesday, Kidman addressed the issue saying, "I didn't feel like it was right for the character. I have a son who's African American and I just didn't feel it was right. It wasn't right. What I try to do as an actor is fulfill a director's vision. I have opinions, but at the same time, I'm not there to stop him from anything. I've really tried to do that in every film. I never want to pull them off their vision."

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