Kidman’s detective transforms Destroyer
TORONTO — It was as she forcefully stuffed TORONTO actress — Tatiana It was Maslany as she forcefully into the trunk stuffed of a actress car that Tatiana the sheer Maslany outof-body into experience the trunk of a her car role that in the brutal sheer out-of-body LA noir thriller experience Destroyer of came her into role focus in the for brutal Nicole LA Kidman. noir thriller Destroyer “I was putting came her into in the focus trunk for of that Nicole car Kidman. going: ‘What the hell is this?’” Kidman “I was recalled putting at her the in film’s the trunk evening of premiere that car at going: the Toronto ‘ What International the hell is Film this?’” Festival. Kidman recalled at the film’s evening As much premiere as we’ve come at the to expect Toronto it, Kidman’s International transformations Film Festival. can startle even As herself. much as And we’ve just come as has to expect so often it, been Kidman’s the transformations case, Kidman’s can powers startle of metamorphosis even herself. And again just have as has a film so often festival been buzzing the case, and the Kidman’s 51-year-old powers actress of back metamorphosis among the again Oscar have contenders. a film festival In buzzing Karyn and Kusama’s the 51-year-old Destroyer, actress Kidman back among is almost the unrecognizable Oscar contenders. as Erin Bell, In a Karyn haunted Kusama’s police detective Destroyer, with little Kidman will is left almost for police unrecognizable work or life. as Her Erin voice Bell, is a a haunted husky whisper, and hardened her skin a police gaunt, detective sun-dried with mask, little her eyes will cold left and for police empty. She work drinks or life, heavily. at all. Her voice The is film, a husky which whisper, Kusama her characterized skin a gaunt, as in sun-dried the spirit mask, of Martin her Scorsese’s eyes cold TaxiDriver, and empty. She places drinks a female heavily. anti-hero in The the heart film, of which a hardboiled Kusama genre characterized usually the domain as in the of men. spirit Maslany, of Martin who plays Scorsese’s a strung-out Taxi criminal Driver, in places the film, a said female of the anti-hero film: “It in felt the so not heart masculine. of a hardboiled It felt really genre feminine usually in this genre the to domain really of bend men. the Maslany, rules with who how plays we normally a strung-out see these criminal stories.” in the film, said What of the has film: turned “It felt Bell so into not masculine. a ghost is what It felt drives really Destroyer, feminine in which this Annapurna genre to really Pictures bend the will rules release with in December. how we normally It cuts see between these a stories.” present murder What investigation has turned Bell and into an a earlier, ghost connected is what drives undercover Destroyer, operation which that ended Annapurna tragically. Pictures In the will flashbacks, release in Kidman December. appears It cuts recognizably between a present herself — murder beautiful, investigation spirited — and only an earlier, further emphasizing connected undercover her drastic changes operation in the that role. ended tragically. In the flashbacks, “I was Kidman just sitting appears back watching recognizably the last 15 herself minutes — of beautiful, the film going: spirited ‘God, — is only that further me?’” emphasizing said Kidman. her “And drastic it’s weird changes because in the I look role. at it and it feels almost “I was like just a dream sitting because back watching it was so different the last 15 for minutes me to exist of the in film that place. going: ‘God, “The is film that was me?’” really hard said for Kidman. me. It’s so “And extreme, it’s weird so different because from I look who I at am. it I and wanted it feels it to almost be real and like authentic. a dream I because didn’t want it was to so be different showing for up me and to doing exist in a that performance,” place.” she said. “So I kind Kidman of had said to move the character’s into a place inner and exist darkness in a place was for more a period challenging of time that I than didn’t the like exterior to be in makeover. — mentally, physically, “The all of film it. I was didn’t really quite hard realize for until me. I It’s was so in extreme, it what it was so different going to take.” from who Kidman I am. I co-stars wanted in it another to be real film and at the authentic. Toronto I Film didn’t Festival: want to BoyErased, be showing playing up and the mother doing a of performance,” a young man (Lucas she said. Hedges) “So I kind forced of into had to gay move conversion into a place therapy. and exist While in the a place film for has a earned period of positive time that reviews, I didn’t it like appears to be more in — mentally, likely that physically, her performance all of it. in I Destroyer didn’t quite could realize land until Kidman I was her in fifth it Oscar what it nomination. was going to take.”
It’s Kidman her first co-stars time in another working film with at Kusama, the Toronto the director Film of Festival: Girlfight Boy and Jennifer’s Erased, playing Body, the and mother she pursued of a young the part, man (Lucas penned Hedges) by Phil forced Hay and into Matt gay Manfredi. conversion Kusama therapy. recalled While that Kidman’s film, layered, too, has shivering earned positive performance reviews, in one it dramatic appears more scene likely where that her Bell performance realizes something in Destroyer awful has could happened. land Kidman her “It fifth was Oscar as if we nomination. were watching in real time It’s a her person first going time into working shock,” with said Kusama. Kusama, “When the director you see of an Girlfight actor not acting and Jennifer’s anymore, Body, just living and in she this pursued very special, the rarified part, penned space that by Phil we were Hay given and access Matt to Manfredi. Erin’s (mind). Kusama That moment recalled gives Kidman’s me chills layered, every shivering time I watch performance it. That was in an one awe-inspiring dramatic day.” scene where Bell realizes something awful has happened.
“It was as if we were watching in
Nicole Kidman in the crime thriller