It’s the most talked-about movie scene from this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In Paperboy, when Zac Efron’s character is stung by a jellyfish, Nicole Kidman‘s steps in to pee on him and ease the sting. Fair enough.
But in an interview in Cannes yesterday, Nicole Kidman admitted to doing her own stunts for the film. So does that mean she ACTUALLY peed on her co-star Zac Efron?
Yes. She. Did.
She told Deadline Hollywood, “Yes, I did the scene…That was what (director) Lee (Daniels) wanted. It was in the script. And it’s pretty out there. I mean I love Zac. He’s such a great guy and let me just say I am glad it was him. I feel safe with Zac and hopefully he feels safe with me. Oh my God I can’t believe it’s all over Twitter. Of course it would be all over Twitter.”
In an interview with GQ Magazine, director Lee Daniels said it was Nicole Kidman who convinced him to run the scene. “I got nervous at the end, after we shot it. So I called Nicole. First of all, it was really hard to shoot. It was the third day,” he said.
“The first scene we shot was the sex scene with John [Cusack and Kidman]. I like to get that right out of the way…The second day was the telepathic sex scene in the prison. And the third day of shooting was the piss scene.”
“But, when right before I sent it off to Cannes, I called Nicole at three in the morning. I said, “Nicole, I can’t do it, I’ve gone too far. I can’t put that scene in the movie.”
“She said, ‘Lee, you made me pee on Zac Efron, if you don’t put that in the movie, you’re out of your freakin’ mind’.”
“That was the one where I thought, ‘Oh… No…’ When you’re doing the script it makes sense, when you’re shooting it, it makes sense, but then you see the totality and you’re like, ‘Woah. Woah’.”