Cruise & Kidman Ruined Eyes Wide Shut

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 6, 2006 in Cinema |

It seems an interview has come out which claims that Kubrick thought that Cruise and Kidman ruined ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, and I have to say that I agree! Cruise gave a a great performance in ‘Magnolia’ and Kidman was fantastic in ‘the Hours’, but they two together just didn’t work on screen:

Cruise and Kidman ruined Eyes Wide Shut – Kubrick interview

“Director Stanley Kubrick thought his last movie Eyes Wide Shut was a “piece of s**t” that was ruined by interference from its stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, according to actor R Lee Ermey. Ermey starred in Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket and remained in contact with the legendary film-maker up until his death in 1999.

When the pair spoke shortly after Kubrick had completed work on Eyes Wide Shut, Ermey recalls the legendary director expressing his disappointment with the movie. He says: “Stanley called me about two weeks before he died, as a matter of fact. We had a long conversation about Eyes Wide Shut. He told me it was a piece of s**t and that he was disgusted with it and that the critics were going to have him for lunch.”

…however I’d have to note that Sydney Pollack gave a great performance:

Cruise & Kidman Ruined Eyes Wide Shut

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