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Ditched film gives Kidman time to smell the roses, smh.com.au, April 5th 2005

For Nicole Kidman the acrimonious collapse of Eucalyptus has not been a complete disaster.

It has given the Oscar-winning actress the chance to "sleep a lot, be with my kids, swim in the ocean, go to Luna Park, cook, lie around on my parents' couch and watch the football".

Oh, and catch Dancing With the Stars on TV.

Kidman has had such a break from filmmaking that, like the rest of us after a holiday, she was wondering yesterday how much she wants to go back to work.

"I'm at a time of my life now where ... for me to want to go back and work, it'd have to be something that I really feel passionately about."

The only definite role is playing the celebrated photographer Diane Arbus in Fur, which she describes as "a very small, very strange film" co-starring Robert Downey jnr.

Speaking before the world premiere of The Interpreter at the Opera House, Kidman said she still wanted to make Eucalyptus if it could be revived after the reputed battles between the executive producer and star, Russell Crowe, and the director, Jocelyn Moorhouse.

"I would love it to get made," the actress said.

"If they'd want me, yeah. It was something I was very, very excited to do."

While not spelling out what went wrong, Kidman said she had no regrets about passing up other roles to make Eucalyptus.

"Regrets are ridiculous, so I don't regret, no. But I'm upset that we didn't get to put what I think would have been something very beautiful on the screen. But if they can get the script right and agree on that, then who knows? Maybe it will come together."

In The Interpreter, a thriller that also stars Sean Penn, Kidman plays a United Nations interpreter who overhears a death threat against the president of a fictional African nation.

After lengthy negotiations that took the director Sydney Pollack all the way to the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, it became the first movie allowed to be shot inside the UN headquarters in New York.

On whether the UN's agreement meant script changes or compromises, Kidman was as diplomatic as anyone in that building.

"I think actors are getting so much more power these days, but I'm not ... I stay very much away from the decisions, the way in which things are orchestrated, what's been changed. I just try to stay completely in the role as the actor and as the character."

But Kidman ventured a prediction on one subject. She wants Tom - no, not that one - to win Dancing With the Stars because of Williams's support for her father's charity, SAD Kids.
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