May 24 - The Australian actress promotes her new film ''The Paperboy'' at the Cannes Film Festival. Alicia Powell reports.
"The Paperboy" finds its way to the Cannes Film Festival. Movie stars Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey joined "Precious" director Lee Daniels to premiere the film in France. Kidman plays an "oversexed Barbie doll" in the hard-hitting drama, which is an adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel. One of the scenes that has critics and reporters buzzing is a sex scene set in a prison visiting room that involves no physical contact at all. During a press conference, Kidman was asked if the scene was embarrassing. SOUNDBITE: Nicole Kidman, actress, saying (English): "I always thought, God, I love "Precious" and I thought I'd love to be in his hands to see what I could do, to see where he'd take me. Because I think directors bring out different things in their actors and this is what Lee brought out of me and so it didn't feel uncomfortable at the time. I have not seen the movie, so I may be uncomfortable watching the movie, but that's my job. It's my job to give over to something, not to censor it, not to put my own judgments in terms of how I feel as Nicole playing the character, I'm there to portray a truth." Although the flick is packed with a glitzy cast, the film's budget didn't add up to the star power. SOUNDBITE: Nicole Kidman, actress, saying (English): "Lee just said to me, 'Look we have no money, you're going to have to do your own hair and make-up'. And I was like, 'OK Lee'... So I actually went into my bathroom and ... This is so true! And I got out the fake tan and I put on lashes that were old and I ... got out a hair piece thing and it was platinum and I sort of threw it all on, I took a photo and I texted it to Lee, kind of all different provocative positions. And that was how it started to come together, because what he sent back, which I cannot say, but it was like 'thumbs up'." The Cannes Film Festival ends on May 27th. Alicia Powell, Reuters.