The Daily Star (Lebanon)

Kidman transforms for drama ‘Destroyer’

Star ‘unrecogniz­able’ as Bell, a worn-out detective haunted by her painful past

- By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

LONDON: Hollywood star Nicole Kidman undergoes a dramatic makeover for new drama “Destroyer,” playing a tired-looking and worn out police detective with a painful history.

The Oscar winner swaps her blonde locks for a short bob and rugged style to play Erin Bell, a detective whose past continues to haunt her years after infiltrati­ng a criminal gang undercover in an operation with devastatin­g consequenc­es.

“I just felt her and I felt sadness and I felt pain for her,” Kidman said at the BFI London Film Festival Sunday. “I thought there was a restlessne­ss and a complexity to her anger which I thought I had never seen on screen, particular­ly in the form of a female.”

The 51-year-old is no stranger to changing her looks for roles, such as when she played Virginia Woolf in “The Hours,” for which she won an Oscar.

Critics have praised her performanc­e in “Destroyer” and described her appearance as “almost unrecogniz­able.”

“The way I look and behave in the film is the result of a lot of trauma,” Kidman said.

“That’s the beauty of cinema. You use the image. You don’t always have to have the words.”

Director Karyn Kusama described Bell as a “really complicate­d human” dealing with regret, guilt and shame.

A team of hairdresse­rs and makeup artists worked together to transform Kidman’s looks.

“We talked a lot about sun damage and lack of sleep and drinking too much and not eating well,” Kusama said, “and we landed at a very extreme version of all of that lack of self-care.”

 ??  ?? Kidman in a scene from “Destroyer.”
Kidman in a scene from “Destroyer.”

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