'Eyes Wide Shut' characters based on Kidman-Cruise's troubled marriage

Published: 26 October, 2012 09:00 IST | ANI |

Nicole Kidman has revealed that Stanley Kubrick based her and then-husband Tom Cruise's characters in 'Eyes Wide Shut' on their troubled marriage.

The film has many times been blamed for the demise of her marriage to Cruise. The movie came out in 1999 and the Hollywood stars divorced in 2001.

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Pics/Santa Banta

“Onscreen, the husband and wife are at odds, and Stanley wanted to use our marriage as a supposed reality. 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,” the New York Post quoted her as saying.

The actress admits she was wary of the movie’s blatant sexuality but felt safe while working with the veteran director.  Kubrick was 70-years-old when he died of a heart attack in March 1999, just four days after screening his final cut of ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, which was based on a bizarre night-long sexual odyssey. 

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