My fascination for Nicole goes way, way back. The impossibly beautiful Aussie found her way predominantly as an Irish Lassie in FAR AND AWAY with Tom Cruise, her future and past husband. Directed by Ron “Ritchie” Howard, the move was a wonderful frame for the redhair-flamed Nicole. Not only did America fall madly in love with her, but supposedly her leading man lost his mind for as well. Hindsight being 20/20, I think he saw what a star she was destined to be and fell in with the Nicole love-fest more than the purported on-screen shenanigans.
I love Nicole and have no doubt that what she found with TC was true love…for her. Just like I have no doubt that she loved him up to the very moment he served her divorce papers through his attorneys (classy, Tom). Now, how you divorce a woman as beautiful, talented and loving as Ms. Kidman is way beyond my comprehension. Your truly would probably die of a heart attack if he ever MET Nicole, let alone was lucky enough to be with her. It would be like lassoing that full moon for Donna Reed in ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE and living happily ever after in Bedford Falls, but I digress.
Nicole is one of the sexiest leading ladies ever to bare her bum on the silver screen. And what a bum she has! From BILLY BATHGATE to DEAD CALM, MALICE to COLD MOUNTAIN, BIRTH and TO DIE FOR and the upcoming PAPER BOY, Nicole has never been shy (thank god) showing off her amazing natural assets. It’s this kind of courage and talent that makes watching her movies – even AUSTRALIA with Hugh Jackman – such a distinct pleasure. It’s not that she gets naked as much as she gets naked with the intensity and conviction of every character she portrays being a fully-realized human being. Now, that is sexy and lasting.
One of my favorite movies of Nicole’s is THE OTHERS. I love everything about the film: the atmospheric ghost-story is a tour de force for Nicole. She can portray period characters better than virtually any actress ever to grace the silver screen – due in no small measure because her beauty transcends time and space. Nicole has THE FACE the Divine One, Greta Garbo, had and the knockout, lean and lanky body the Swedish Sphinx slinked around in portraying a vamp in the 30’s Pre-Code extravaganzas. Yet even when Nicole is buttoned-up in a ghostly mansion in The Others, she is sensuous and intimate. The immediacy of her acting has an uncanny spontaneity and naturalness that belies the process of moviemaking. How she does it time and again is a wonderful mystery, instinctual and meticulous at the same time. In short, Nicole is a natural actress who has cultivated her craft over the last twenty years and will be remembered as one of the greatest movie stars ever to grace the medium.
Now, here’s the kicker: Nicole Kidman is getting better with age. She is as sexy, magnetic and irresistible now as she has ever been. Most actresses careers begin to fade in their late thirties and early forties. Not Nicole. I truly believe she will be beguiling audiences for decades to come, with her natural beauty and sophisticated style. She’s just so damn beautiful and talented that we’ll be ogling this beauty well into her 60’s. And if the fates allow, I’ll still have my opportunity to meet her, Keith Urban be damned – and finally fall on bended knee in front of my favorite Irish/Aussie rose.