When the casting of Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball first hit the news, backlash instantly grew, with many fans claiming the role should have gone to Debra Messing.

“What I needed was a great dramatic actress with a dry sense of humor and a facility with language, and Nicole has all of that,” said “Being the Ricardos” director Aaron Sorkin in response to fans request for the “Will and Grace” star. Perhaps the most surprising person to come to Kidman’s defense was Ball’s daughter Lucie Arnaz who took to Facebook Live to tell fans why Messing didn’t make the cut. “Here’s the deal and what you should understand: We’re not doing a remake of ‘I Love Lucy,'” Arnaz said. “It’s the story of Lucille Ball, my actual mother — not Lucy Ricardo — and her husband, Desi Arnaz, my dad — not Ricky Ricardo” (Vva Entertainment Weekly).

Lucie, executive producer of “Being the Ricardos,” then revealed to The New York Times that although she had Kidman’s back, the “Big Little Lies” actor wasn’t exactly her first choice. The Amazon Prime film was first slated to be a TV mini-series with Cate Blanchett at the head. “It just took too long and we lost her,” Lucie said. “I was devastated.”

So, how did Kidman feel about replacing “The Lord of the Rings” actor? As she told the Times, “I feel like there’s a sacred pact among us all — whoever gets something, that’s where it was meant to land.”

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