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Some clouds in Nicole's summer, The Australian Daily Telegraph, April 5th 2005

DON'T tell Nicole Kidman you're looking forward to her next films, The Interpreter, Birth or Bewitched.


"Oh God, don't hang out for [Bewitched], " she said of her upcoming remake of the TV comedy. Not because it's poor, merely because Kidman can't judge her own work.


"I never know," she said. "Besides I'm Australian. You don't toot your own horn, you downplay!"


Much as she would've liked to downplay her summer stay in Sydney, events almost derailed it.


Kidman's been enjoying "hanging out with my kids, going to Luna Park and being a really good aunt, mother and daughter" after filming on Eucalyptus collapsed before it even began.


She admitted the postponement of the film with Russell Crowe was "very upsetting . . . a huge, huge thing".


"I think the country wanted this film," she said. "We were meant to make it, but the script wasn't there and if the elements, when there's that much money at risk, aren't there, you're not going to make a good film.


"I wanted to make Eucalyptus because for me it was about my childhood, when we used to holiday and trees and waterholes and those things were so much of my past.


"And it's this beautiful, magical kind of fairy story."


Kidman's summer was also blighted by two photographers accused of planting a listening device outside her home.


While reticent to talk about the matter, the star admitted police urged her to take action.


"I've been famous now for 20 years and I've lived in many countries with many photographers chasing me and doing all sorts of things and I've never ever felt like that with those particular two people in 20 years."


But it's all about the work now, as Kidman leaves Sydney this week to prepare to play Diane Arbus in Fur and promote her next films, Bewitched and political thriller The Interpreter, which had its world premiere last night at Sydney Opera House before opening next week.


The latter required filming inside the UN's New York HQ for the first time. Kidman's charm and work for UNICEF, helped open those doors and she's now a UN Citizen of the World.


"I felt slightly embarrassed but at the same time it helps. That's part of your duty in the public eye," she said.
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