Kidman reveals all on Kubrick

NICOLE KIDMAN, the star of Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut, broke her silence on the project yesterday to call it "almost pornographic", saying she did things on camera for Kubrick she would have done for no other director.

Ms Kidman broke down when telling reporters of the pressure she and her husband, Tom Cruise, suffered in the 18-month filming schedule. The film, premiered in Hollywood last night, stars Cruise and Kidman as a couple dealing with sexual obsession and jealousy.

The actress admitted their casting meant the film contained an "element of voyeurism". She added: "We shot a lot I wouldn't do for any other director. Kubrick wanted it almost pornographic. When we read the script, we were both nervous because you're dealing with a subject matter that is quite dangerous. Even Stanley was frightened of making the movie when he first read the novel." The film is based on Traumnovelle by Arthur Schnitzler, about a woman who admits near-infidelity to her husband and wakens a new sexuality.

Kubrick, who made A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr Strangelove, among others, died in March.

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