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Nicole Kidman: 'Eyes Wide Shut' didn't spell the end of her marriage to Cruise


Actress Nicole Kidman has denied longstanding rumors that her marriage to Tom Cruise began to crumble while they shot the sexy film "Eyes Wide Shut."

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Cruise and Kidman played a troubled married couple in Stanley Kubrick's 1999 film, which featured orgies and sexually explicit scenes. The pair split two years after the movie was released, prompting speculation that the racy drama damaged their union and ultimately led to their divorce.

However, Kidman has addressed the reports in a tribute essay to Kubrick for The Hollywood Reporter, insisting the couple relished their time working with the great filmmaker, and got along well throughout filming. She writes, "My approach to the two-year shoot was actually very Zen. Tom and I thought, 'We're so lucky, we've gotten to spend two years with the master.' Stanley said the film was finished, but if he had more time, who knows how it would have morphed.

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"People thought that making the film was the beginning of the end of my marriage, but I don't really think it was. Tom and I were close then, and it was very much the three of us. Onscreen, the husband and wife are at odds, and Stanley wanted to use our marriage as a supposed reality. That was Stanley: He used the movie as provocation, pretending it was our sex life. Which we weren't oblivious to, but obviously it wasn't us. We both decided to dedicate ourselves to a great filmmaker and artist."

Oct 25, 2012 6:20PM
She doesn't bad mouth people. What a lady. Either that or she got a WAY big payout not to talk.
Oct 26, 2012 6:27AM

"We both decided to dedicate ourselves to a great filmmaker and artist."

Too bad the fim was awful and Tom cannot act.

Oct 25, 2012 7:52PM
Why must everyone be so snarky?  Nicole is a lady, and Cruise egotistical maniac.  They met during Days of Thunder (where he played an egomaniac racer and she was a doctor) and did Far and Away together.  It was apparent when they got married (and yes, it's been a couple of decades they were together) that she was far out of his league, although he was more well-known.  And Nicole's adopted children are just as precious and loved as her born-child with K.U.  Though not so much to Cruise, who doesn't have much to do with them, because he's all about Suri.  And stop ragging on Preston and Travolta.  Both are talented people, whom love one another and who have had enough $hi7 to live through already...they don't need more.
Oct 25, 2012 9:13PM

Just saying but a marriage that starts out based on an adulterous affair may not have the best foundation?  I'm glad that Nicole appears to be in a good place now, but her own track record with Tom isn't completely stellar.

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