CM – “Being the Ricardos” producer Todd Black on capturing the “real and raw” essence of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]


Producer Todd Black has been interested in making a film about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz since 1995, but their children « weren’t ready then ». But eventually Black met with Lucie Arnaz and the two started a process of “building trust” that eventually led to Amazon’s “Being the Ricardos”. Arnaz, however, did not want a groveling portrait of her parents. “She said, ‘I don’t want to soften it. I really want to get real and raw. ‘”We spoke to Black as part of our Meet the Experts film producers panel. Watch our exclusive video interview above.

« Being the Ricardos » was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and is not a traditional portrait of Ball and Arnaz’s life and career from cradle to grave. Instead, it focuses on a week during the production of « I Love Lucy, » when Ball (played by Nicole Kidman) is publicly accused of being a communist in the midst of the Red Scare, while also dealing with tension in her marriage to Desi ( played by Javier Bardem). .

When you’re making a film about two of the most iconic public figures in Hollywood history, « the casting is obviously a tricky thing, » but strict imitation of the famous couple wasn’t. “Aaron and I didn’t want any imitations. You will never duplicate Lucile Ball and Desi Arnaz. It will never happen. They were unique, that’s it. ”Instead, they wanted actors who“ could capture the essence of Lucille Ball and the essence of Desi Arnaz … and I think it was really good for us. ”

Ultimately, Black had that feeling for « winning the lottery » with this film as « every producer’s dream » is to explore groundbreaking subjects like Ball and Arnaz and show the machinations of their relationship and marriage, as well as their professional relationship in « I Love Lucy » ‘… As a film producer, telling the stories of iconic people is actually a kind of dream come true, especially with someone like Aaron. « 

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