Nicole Kidman: Peeing Scene ‘Made Total Sense’
By Breeanna Hare,CNN
(CNN) — Michelle Rodriguez doesn’t think it’ll earn her an Oscar nod, but at least this particular scene in the Lee Daniels film “The Paperboy” is garnering Nicole Kidman plenty of press.
The tidal wave of headlines first emerged from this year’s Cannes, with critics making mention of a scene in which Kidman urinates on her co-star Zac Efron, whose character at that moment had been stung by a jellyfish.
In a memorable review, Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan predicted that “when it comes to the wild, must-discuss moments from this year’s fest, nothing will ever top the scene … where Nicole Kidman looms over a supine Zac Efron, cries out, ‘If anyone’s gonna pee on him, it’s gonna be me,’ and then squirts an impressive stream of urine onto the ‘High School Musical’ star’s face and chest.”
Kidman talked about that infamous scene with V magazine for its new issue, saying that she didn’t find “the peeing thing” to be “weird” because she was in character. The actress portrays a woman named Charlotte who’s obsessed with a death row inmate (played by John Cusack) and rides along with brothers Ward (Matthew McConaughey) and Jack (Efron) who are investigating the inmate’s case.
When it came time to pee on Efron, Kidman told V magazine, she felt it said a lot about the type of woman she was portraying.
“That was for the jellyfish,” she explained. “And for me, it said so much about Charlotte. One, she’s protecting him. Two, she’s tough as nails and no one else is going to pee on this guy. All of that made total sense to me. I just went for it and didn’t overthink it.”