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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."

Oct 4, 2012 12:20PM
Fire her, she's playing a character.  She's already doing more humiliating things...give her the BOOT.
Oct 4, 2012 12:19PM

republish most of twain's work without that vile word. oh they already have? good, now amerika is free of racism and hate and we can all join hands as a peaceful loving people.


Oct 4, 2012 12:17PM

Hey wirelessmouse! I am Black, African-American,both are fine with me but you have no idea what you're talking about. You will never hear the N-word come out of my mouth; my friends and family don't even use that word. The use of the word has no place in our world; it's origins meant to demean and make the recipient feel inferior. I know who I am and take pride in that; I am inferior to no one but God, as we all are.


The people who use the word and happen to be black, in my opinion are naive, misguided or just  plain foolish. Black, African-American are not a monolithic people, so you, "wirelessmouse" are just showing how naive and foolish you are with your comments. Haven't you heard that old saying, believe none of what you hear and half of what you see; you may want to try that sometimes.

Oct 4, 2012 12:16PM
no one should use the n word including the black community, and if  they continue to use it in rap songs then that means everyone could use the word. i would rather not, and i am a cracker!  i was raised in a manner that if my dad heard anyone use that word you got your but kicked. he told me that all people may look different  than yourself because God likes variety and different colors, works for me!
Oct 4, 2012 12:15PM
Throughout history, up until the 1920s, actors/actresses were considered to be on a level with common prostitutes. Today they are admired and in some cases, worshipped. I'll leave it to the reader to determine what this says about the American people and America's future.
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