London: Nicole Kidman has revealed that she had to do her own hair and makeup due to budgetary constraints for her new movie ‘The Paperboy’, and took photos in “provocative positions” and texted it to the film’s director Lee Daniels.
The 44-year-old actress reveals how she transformed herself into what one critic described as a “hot, over-sexed Barbie” for her latest role in Cannes competition entry ‘The Paperboy’.
In the adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel, the Australian Oscar winner plays trailer-trash bombshell Charlotte Bless, who is obsessed with a man on death row with whom she exchanges letters.
She is drawn into a newspaper investigation into the prisoner, who may have been wrongfully convicted, triggering a frantic series of sexual encounters, humourous exchanges as well as violence and death in the Florida swamps.
Directed by ‘Precious’ film maker Lee Daniels, ‘The Paperboy’ also stars Matthew McConaughey as tenacious but conflicted reporter Ward, Efron as his younger brother Jack, singer Macy Gray as housemaid Anita and John Cusack as the imprisoned Hillary.
Kidman said she found some of her most rewarding roles in lower-budget, independently-produced movies, even if the Hollywood star had to do her own hair and makeup for the part of Charlotte, due to budgetary constraints.
“Lee just said to me, ‘Look we have no money, you’re going to have to do your own hair and make-up’. And I was like, ‘OK Lee’ ...” the Telegraph quoted her as saying.
“So I actually went into my bathroom and ... This is so true! And I got out the fake tan and I put on lashes that were old and I ... got out a hair piece thing and it was platinum and I sort of threw it all on, I took a photo and I texted it to Lee, kind of all different provocative positions.
“And that was how it started to come together, because what he sent back, which I cannot say, but it was like ‘thumbs up’,” she said.