NI­COLE 'I feared for my life'

All her worst night­mare­sih came true as a rogue gun­man opened fire on set

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We’re used to her flaw­less com­plex­ion and blonde locks, but Hol­ly­wood glam­our Ni­cole Kid­man is vir­tu­ally unre un­recog­nis­able in her new movie De­stroyer. Des The ac­tress, who plays an und undercover cop in the gritty drama, has to­tally trans­formed her ap­pear­ance for the th role – and is al­ready drum­ming up Os­car O buzz.

Bu But there was more ac­tion off set than on, with Ni­cole re­cently speak­ing out about a ter­rif ter­ri­fy­ing real-life sit­u­a­tion dur­ing film­ing. The 51-year-old 5 re­vealed how she feared for her li life when an ac­tive shooter opened fire close to the Los An­ge­les set.

“W “We were in South Cen­tral LA shoot­ing and t they were like, ‘Get in­side, there’s a shoo shooter, a live shooter,’” she said. “I’m like, ‘Wha ‘What?’ I’ve got the [prop] gun and I’m out on th the street and they dragged me in, and I hit t the floor be­cause there was a shooter and he­li­copters.” h

It w was a chill­ing sit­u­a­tion for Ni­cole, who to pre pre­pare for her role was taught how to hold, ho old, load and fire guns dur­ing an in­tense in nten month of train­ing. “Ni­cole “N em­bod­ied this char­ac­ter dur­ing durin film­ing in ev­ery way. It must have been hor­ri­fy­ing for her to re­alise that there was a real shooter so close to her,” an in­sider in tells Woman’s Day. “The “Th stakes were high and it’s telling that Ni­cole has only now de­cided to speak spea about this. It’s clearly af­fected her and some­thing that has been on her mind min for a long time. “Ni­cole “N is pas­sion­ate about this movie, mo but if the cast and crew ended up in dan­ger be­cause of it, she would be dev­as­tated. This nearly turned into her he worst night­mare.”

FAC­ING FA HER DEMONS

The Th film­ing of De­stroyer be­gan in LosLo An­ge­les in De­cem­ber 2017 and wrapped w in Fe­bru­ary. The movie is set for fo re­lease in the US on Christ­mas Day. In the film, Ni­cole plays an LAPD de­tec­tive de who was placed undercover with w a gang in Cal­i­for­nia in her younger y years – with dev­as­tat­ing re­sults. re When the leader of the gang resur­faces, r she must con­front her past p and her demons. But it wasn’t just the shoot­ing that Ni­cole N strug­gled to deal with on set. The Th star has con­fessed the emo­tional im­pact of the movie took its toll on her men­tal health, caus­ing huge con­cern for her hus­band Keith Ur­ban, 51, and their chil­dren, Sun­day, 10 and Faith, seven, who were des­per­ate for her to fin­ish film­ing.

“I was deeply de­pressed,” she told Va­ri­ety. “It was the point where my hus­band was like, ‘When the hell is this go­ing to end?’”

Now the star has to re­live the ex­pe­ri­ence while pro­mot­ing the movie.

KEITH’S FEARS

“This film was se­ri­ously tax­ing on Ni­cole. Keith was pretty wor­ried about her, es­pe­cially af­ter how play­ing a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in Big Lit­tle Lies had a big ef­fect on her,” adds our close source.

“She’s ex­cited to dig deep into new and con­fronting roles, and likes to chal­lenge and push her­self to her lim­its, but it takes its toll emo­tion­ally. Although Keith is ex­tremely sup­port­ive of her ca­reer, he was re­lieved when film­ing for De­stroyer was over and isn’t too pleased she’s got to go through all that trauma and up­set again.”

How­ever, her ded­i­ca­tion to the role is pay­ing off. Ni­cole is al­ready be­ing highly praised for her per­for­mance, and in­dus­try in­sid­ers say the A-lis­ter will be in the run­ning for a Best Ac­tress Os­car again.

“This is Ni­cole’s dark­est role yet and she put her all into it. She was the toast of awards sea­son thanks to Big Lit­tle Lies and now she’s de­ter­mined to have that same kind of suc­cess on the big screen again,” spills the source.

“Ni­cole’s at the pin­na­cle of her ca­reer right now and ev­ery­thing she touches turns to gold. De­stroyer took a lot out of Ni­cole dur­ing film­ing, and the shoot­ing sit­u­a­tion only added to that. But if she ends up with an­other Os­car, it will all be worth it!”

‘I’ve got the gun and I’m out on the street and they dragged me in’

Ni­cole and her crew had to “hit the floor” dur­ing the ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent. She says play­ing an undercover cop took its toll on her and her fam­ily.

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