Debra Messing Is Available To Play Lucille Ball – Again – And Has Family Support

Debra Messing as Lucille Ball via Google Images search

At the end of this recent post: Hmm, Not Sure About Nicole Kidman Playing Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin Penned Biopic, I wondered what Lucy’s family thought about Nicole Kidman possibly portraying the star of I Love Lucy?

Turns out there has already been an answer to this question involving a different actress: Debra Messing.

Lucy Arnaz, Lucy’s daughter saw Messing in makeup on the tribute episode of “Will & Grace” and here’s what happened.

In the same Variety interview, Messing recalled that Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, gave her a stamp of approval behind the scenes of the special “I Love Lucy” tribute episode of “Will & Grace.”  “I was in the green dress. We were about to shoot the song and dance [number] and she walked in and she just looked at me and didn’t say anything.” Messing recalled. “Then she hugged me and she said, ‘This feels really good. It’s been a long time since I’ve hugged you,’ and everyone started to cry.”

Nicole Kidman Cast As Lucille Ball And Now Debra Messing Would Like A Word | HuffPost

Here’s a clip of Messing playing a famous I Love Lucy reenactment:

Now compare this to the real Lucy:

Messing really doesn’t have the voice, but she does very good with Lucy’s facial expressions. Sure, the look is there, but without the voice, that semi-whiny gritty Lucy voice it just doesn’t have the flavor. Lucille Ball’s voice is vital to her comedy. It’s not just the facial expressions, although those, again, are covered well by Messing.

Wish we could see Nicole Kidman doing the same scene for comparison purposes. Maybe we’ll get to when/if she officially signs up for the part. Based on what I watched here, I’m not on board for Messing either. No disrespect intended, you can look like Lucy, but you have to sound like her, too. Messing just doesn’t in my opinion.

Your thoughts?

Hmm, Not Sure About Nicole Kidman Playing Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin Penned Biopic

Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Boy, it’s a major acting challenge playing Lucille Ball. We all love Lucy and it seems almost sacrilegious for anybody attempting to portray the legendary actress.

Has to happen sooner or later, though.

Was thinking almost the same thing about Judy Garland and Renee Zellweger nailed that portrayal — even if the script was a bit suspect.

I mean this is like epic, near impossible tough acting gig. Nicole Kidman is talented, but I didn’t care much for her portrayal of a lesser actress (Elizabeth Montgomery) in the Bewitched remake with Will Ferrell. Also, that was scripted by Nora Ephron!

(This project is scripted by Aaron Sorkin, and I enjoyed what he did on The West Wing, so there is worthy writing firepower here)

Kidman playing Lucy in a biopic? Don’t know. Prosthetics are amazing these days, so they probably can make her look very, very much like Lucy. They made Charlize Theron look almost identical to Megyn Kelly — so much that it confused Kelly’s child — but there’s much more to acting than physical appearance (see: 20+ Bombshell Reviews – Charlize Theron Portrayal of Megyn Kelly Not Award-worthy)

Who else might be able to play the famous comedian? Margot Robbie? She played Harley Quinn, Tonya Harding, why not Lucy? She’s younger though, and maybe they wanted somebody a little older for the part. Casting is hard when you’re talking about really famous people like Lucille Ball.

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in negotiations to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Amazon and Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos, the film about the relationship between the I Love Lucy stars. Having penned the screenplay, Academy Award winner Sorkin also will direct the film from Amazon Studios and Escape Artists. The film is set during one production week of I Love Lucy — Monday table read through Friday audience filmin g— when Lucy and Desi face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.

Nicole Kidman To Play Lucille Ball, Javier Bardem As Desi Arnaz In Biopic – Deadline

Don’t know much about Javier Bardem, but I believe casting Desi Arnaz will be significantly easier than Lucy, especially if he doesn’t have to sing and do the conga.

Anyway, I’m intrigued with the project, especially after seeing Lucy’s daughter’s excellent documentary that is linked at the top of this post. Lucy and Desi had a very explosive relationship that is ripe for a biopic.

I wonder what Lucy and Desi’s children think about this project? Am sure we’ll hear more if this actually makes it into production without revised casting. The article does state that both actors are merely negotiating, contracts have not been signed as of this writing.