Nicole Kidman will do a lot for the sake of a role, but using the N-word is not one of them. The Australian starlet said no to saying the offensive word in her upcoming movie ‘The Paperboy’, and it was out of respect for her son.
Nicole Kidman, 45, revealed in a press conference that she refused to use the N-word for her role as Charlotte Bless in The Paperboy.
The dark film, which centers around a murder investigation in the 1960s Southern backwaters of Florida, has Nicole playing a woman who writes to death-row inmates. But despite her dark role, Kidman refused to use the offensive N-word, which was part of common speech and was even acceptable in parts of the country in the 1960s.
Kidman, who shares custody of her 17-year-old son, Connor, with ex-husband Tom Cruise, said she absolutely didn’t feel comfortable using the word.
“I just didn’t feel it was right for the character. I have a son who is African American. I just didn’t feel like it was right,” Nicole said.
Nicole even put her foot down to using the offensive word when director Lee Daniels protested.
“I asked her to use the N-word. I could feel the racial tension there in the town (in the film). She said, ‘I won’t do it’,” the director said.
Nicole shares custody of her two adopted children, Connor and Isabella, 19, with ex-husband Tom Cruise. The kids and Nicole have now mended their relationship, which had been estranged for a while after Nicole and Tom split.
Nicole now also has two young daughters, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret, with fellow Aussie and country rocker, Keith Urban.
We totally agree with Nicole’s decision NOT to use the N-word out of respect for her son!
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— Caitlin Miller
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