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Nicole Kidman and Casey Affleck Reminisce on Making ‘To Die For’: ‘We Were All Kids’

Variety logo Variety 12/1/2016 Will Thorne

The 1995 movie “To Die For” may have a grim ending, but at least the cast had fun making it.

In their chat for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” Nicole Kidman and Casey Affleck reminisced about making the movie under the nurturing wing of “Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant.

Kidman revealed that to begin with, she was far from the first choice for the central role of the manipulative Suzanne Stone.

“No one thought I could do it and I think the studio didn’t want me, and I think it went through a bunch of other actors,” Kidman said. “I called Gus and I said, ‘please, give me the chance, I beg you,’ because the writing was so strong.”

The movie was Affleck’s first at the age of 17, and the actor remembered rehearsing and improvising as his character before filming began.

“That was really fun and I was kind of spoiled because I thought that’s what all movies would be like, working with you and Gus and Joaquin [Phoenix] and obviously they’re not all that great,” Affleck said. “But you put us at ease, ’cause it could have been such an intimidating environment for a 17-year-old kid who has never been on a movie set, really.”

Kidman recalled enjoying making the movie because of the relaxed atmosphere on- and off-set.

“I remember being in the classroom, doing that scene where I’m in the classroom and I’m in that suit, and you guys have to be looking up my skirt and you guys laughing. I was like, ‘oh my god.’ We were all kids. It was crazy, but it was so much fun.”

See the rest of the interview on Variety’s “Actors on Actors” Season 5, presented by The Venetian Las Vegas, which debuts on PBS SoCal on Jan. 3. Click here to view the full interview.

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