Nicole Kidman Refuses to Say the N-Word in Her Movie & Moms Will Understand Why (VIDEO)

No one can accuse Nicole Kidman of not being a dedicated actress. Yeah, we may make fun of her face full of fillers, but she's always willing to get down and dirty with a role (remember Nicole and then-husband Tom Cruise in those raunchy sex party scenes in Eyes Wide Shut?). Her latest, in The Paperboy, is no different. She plays a tarted-up sex vixen who chases Zac Efron around 1970s Florida (who wouldn't?). In one scene, she actually pees on Zac. So, yeah, no one can accuse Kidman of being coy with her acting. Which is why the director, Lee Daniels (who directed Precious), was surprised when he asked Nicole to use the N-word in the movie and she flat-out refused. But she had good reason. And it's something any mom can relate to.


When Nicole and Lee Daniels were talking about the movie recently, Lee brought up the subject of asking Kidman (as her character, Charlotte) to lob the N-word at a black costar. Kidman refused and Lee was frustrated. At first, Nicole uses an actressy excuse. She didn't feel the word was "right" for her character. And maybe it wasn't. Maybe she thought that using the word means her character would lose all audience sympathy.

But then Nicole offered up another explanation. One that moms everywhere should be able to understand and relate to. She said:

I have a son who's African American and I just didn't feel it was right. It wasn't right.

The son she refers to is 17-year-old Connor who, along with his sister, Isabella, was adopted by Nicole and Tom Cruise when they were still married. Nicole's mother instincts won out over her actressing instincts on this one. I imagine that Nicole couldn't even bear to utter the word and thinking about her son hearing it one day when he watched the movie -- even if it was something that her character might utter.

If she'd said it, it certainly would have been an unwelcome conversation to have to have with Connor before he watched the movie. Parents have to constantly make decisions about what they do in the "adult world" and how their kids will take it. Even though Nicole's job is a pretend world, it's still a job. And Connor is still going to watch the movie and think, "Here's mom doing her job," not "Here's Charlotte saying the N-word."

Then he's going to wonder why mom said the N-word on her job. I say good for Nicole that she refused. Surely it couldn't have been that integral to the character -- not unless the character was a bonafide racist. Sometimes momhood has to trump all else -- even when you're a famous actress.

What do you think of Nicole's decision? Would you use a word your kids wouldn't like even if you had to for your job?

Image via Lee Daniels Entertainment/Millennium Films

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