Perhaps the only split more mysterious than Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' is Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's. And while the Oscar winner has restricted her comments on the divorce to a subtle shoe slam, she's now talking about the couple's final film together and the misconceptions about its production.
"People thought that making [Eyes Wide Shut] was the beginning of the end of my marriage," she writes in The Hollywood Reporter. "But I don't really think it was. Tom and I were close then, and it was very much the three of us. On screen, the husband and wife are at odds, and Stanley [Kubrick, director] wanted to use our marriage as a supposed reality."
According to "Nic," using their marriage as a marketing tool was Kubrick's idea. "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."
She goes on to say that Kubrick's pre-premiere death (coupled with the passing of JFK Jr) cast a shadow over the film, but the experience did offer up lots of life lessons. "[Kubrick] always said, 'Never say no to an idea -- you never know how that idea will ignite another idea.' He also said: 'Never put me on a pedestal. When someone's on a pedestal, there's no creativity.' That's how I approach every creative person now—it does not help to glorify them."
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