London: Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman refused to use an offensive racial epithet in `Paperboy` when requested to do so by the film`s director, her co-star has said.
British actor David Oyelowo said the Oscar-winning star was asked to say "the n-word" in the film by director Lee Daniels.
"She flatly refused. She felt that was a bridge too far for her and I really respect her for doing that," said former `Spooks` star Oyelowo, who is of Nigerian descent.
Kidman, 45, received a Golden Globe nomination for her work in `The Paperboy`, which is released in the UK on 15 March.
Set in Florida at the end of the 1960s, the film sees two reporters, played by Oyelowo and Matthew McConaughey, work to have a murderer`s conviction quashed.
Their efforts are both helped and hindered by Kidman`s character, a blowsy hairdresser who has won the trust of the felon through sexually explicit correspondence.
First Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013, 10:56