I Love Lucy Nicole Kidman Fan Edit Is More Realistic Than Being The Ricardos

A new I Love Lucy deepfake makes Nicole Kidman an even more realistic Lucille Ball than Being the Ricardos did, though it’s also pretty unnerving.’

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A new I Love Lucy deepfake puts Nicole Kidman into Lucille Ball’s shoes and proves to be even more realistic than Being the Ricardos. Even before it premiered in theaters and on Amazon in December, Being the Ricardos was one of the buzziest movies of 2021 thanks to its star power and subject matter. Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, the film tracks one week of production on the landmark sitcom I Love Lucy as its stars, married couple Lucille Ball (Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem), grapple with personal and professional issues. Being the Ricardos also stars J.K. Simmons and Nina Arianda as I Love Lucy’s other lead stars, William Frawley and Vivian Vance.

Though Being the Ricardos had a lot going for it ahead of its release, the movie hasn’t been without some controversy. Kidman’s casting drew much debate even just before the premiere, with some doubting whether she looked the part or could handle some of Ball’s comedic mannerisms. Additionally, the hiring of Bardem to play a Cuban-American man when he himself is Spanish led to even more criticism. Being the Ricardos has since earned mixed reviews and some awards nominations for its stars.

Regardless of how one feels about Kidman’s depiction of Ball, there’s little question that deepfake technology can go a long way in making any person fit into the shoes of another. Created by Deep Homage, a new video takes clips from I Love Lucy and makes Kidman the star of the show. Though perhaps not perfect, it does offer a slightly better resemblance between the two actresses. Check it out below.

For what it’s worth, Kidman actually does a good job of slipping into Ball’s shoes during Being the Ricardos’ recreations of key I Love Lucy moments. The biggest issue, for some, became how she looked. The release of the Being the Ricardos trailer months ago stirred up jokes and criticism over Kidman’s appearance. Obviously, deepfake technology is doing much of the work in the above video, but one has to wonder how Being the Ricardos would’ve turned out if Kidman’s makeup didn’t give the actress a plasticky look.

Criticisms aside, Kidman puts on an excellent performance in Being the Ricardos. The pressure of playing Lucille Ball weighed heavily on Kidman and nearly led to her pulling out, but it’s nice to see she persevered. Being the Ricardos would look vastly different without her, and though some Ball enthusiasts might have some qualms about how Kidman’s performance turned out, she certainly gave it her all. No deepfake tech required.

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