Kidman and “Millionaire”

Nicole Kidman is intending to produce and most likely star in a remake of How to Marry a Millionaire, with Sacha Gervasi (The Terminal) delivering the screenplay. The 1953 original costarred Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable as three plucky gold-diggers. Great, except Kidman has gotten too old to play a woman looking for a rich guy to support her, and there’s no way she can play, say, Bacall’s role without seeming distasteful.

Kidman will be hitting 40 in November, and there are few things more pathetic than a woman past her hot-bod prime who hasn’t sold her skills sufficiently in the job market (i.e., isn’t making enough money to “live well”) and has decided to try and snag a multimillionaire husband as a last-ditch attempt to live a flush life. The odds against such a quest are astronomical. Egoistic multi-millionaires looking for a trophy wife are not inclined to pursue 40-something women. Because they’re disinclined or unable to understand that women are much better people and much better partners at age 40 (or in their mid 40s, or in their mid to late 30s). I know what rich guys are like so don’t tell me. They’re into fresh bouquets.

Note: Sorry for not correcting Betty Hutton/Betty Grable error until just now.

25 thoughts on “Kidman and “Millionaire”

  1. Doug on said:

    I wonder if this project replaces “Headhunters,” which Nicole’s company has been developing and which has a very similar premise.

    I wouldn’t worry about Nicole’s age. She looks and seems so much younger than 40. Look at “Bewitched.” In that she pulls off a character who can’t be older than early 30′s.

  2. I couldn’t agree more with everything Wells said (spot-on, and perfectly worded), but I tend to agree with Doug that I don’t think this will matter in “movie-reality” to the masses; Nicole doesn’t look or act 40, so suspension of disbelief will allow the plot.

    It’s not like Jane Q. On-a-Date actively looks up Nicole’s age on IMDB before going out to a chickflick.

    I also think the audience for these films tends to not be in the blessed upper-30, mid-40 range, but more early 20-somethings – the very audience who will eat this up, the idea that someday they too will be able to sell their bodies for money.

  3. I agree with all the comments so far that Nicole still has the looks to pull off the role, but just barely. She’s rapidly approaching the point where a role like this would strain credibility, no matter how good her “acting” is.

  4. Nicole Kidman is of the red-headed, white skinned type who’s skin do not wrinkle as quickly as women of more normal skin types.

    This is probably due to redheads aversion to the sun.

    She looks much younger than 40 and is still very sexy. A woman of her caliber could snag a millionaire any day.

  5. “Egoistic multi-millionaires looking for a trophy wife are not inclined to pursue 40-something women.”

    Tell that to Rob Perelman and Ellen Barkin.

  6. Thank you TS, I was just gonna add the Grable, but you got in ahead of me.

    There’s not too much wrong with the original other than it’s a slight film, enjoyable for it’s stars if nothing else. This story maybe worked fifty years ago…but isn’t it kinda blase now?

  7. Yeah Dixie, it’s blase, but it’s also vaguely familiar and Hollywood apparently just can’t get enough of that. They’ll remake anything that has a shred of name recognition.

  8. this seems like a remake we can do without – if nothing else- regressive ?? And do we really need to reinforce the belief some men ( emphasis on “some”)have that woman are all gold diggers looking for an easy life at their expense??

    agree about Kidman and the botox – she is getting bizarre looking

  9. maybe a role-reversal thing? Shia LaBeouf and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as boy-toys trying to snag rich “older” women played by Kidman and, oh I dunno, Julianne Moore?

  10. Sure, she’s 40… but with her skin, the right lighting, and appropriate attire, she could easily pass for her early thirties.

  11. Wells is right, I think Kidman’s last femme fatal role ought to be “Fur.” Hollywood Reporter says the story’s getting “a complete overhaul” from the original, good God, personally, I like a nice bette noir. Anyway, why would Kidman want to revisit the territory of selling her soul to a man for money, didn’t she get enough of that shit with Tom? I hate people who think that type of relationship is victimless. The only thing more pathetic than being desperate to live large is using young hot bods to get it up.

  12. This is supposedly a complete overhaul of the original, so perhaps the Frozen One will play the millionaire, and she’ll surround herself with young studley beefcake competing for her attention. Let’s hope so…there have been few performances more embarrassing than her turn in “Cold Mountain,” where she was clearly playing someone who’s supposed to be about 15 years younger.

  13. Yeah Dixie, it’s blase, but it’s also vaguely familiar and Hollywood apparently just can’t get enough of that. They’ll remake anything that has a shred of name recognition.

  14. Fox oughta pass on this…I’m not sensing any great gains at the box office. In fact, screw this project and get Boomerang (1947) back on the shelves, for real this time.

  15. Wells is right, I think Kidman’s last femme fatal role ought to be “Fur.” Hollywood Reporter says the story’s getting “a complete overhaul” from the original, good God, personally, I like a nice bette noir. Anyway, why would Kidman want to revisit the territory of selling her soul to a man for money, didn’t she get enough of that shit with Tom? I hate people who think that type of relationship is victimless. The only thing more pathetic than being desperate to live large is using young hot bods to get it up.

  16. Kidman is distractingly ahuman looking lately. She’s quickly becoming the next Meg Ryan. It’s science fiction style aging. Couldn’t watch BIRTH because of it.

  17. Nicole Kidman may not have wrinkly skin, but it sure ain’t because of a redhead’s “aversion to the sun”. That woman has had more chemical peels and laser treatments than I have had hot dinners.

    Aside from laying off the ‘tox, one thing I wish she’d do is let go of the platnum blonde hair. Everytime she goes strawberry-ish or dark brown (Dogville, Birthday Girl) am am always amazed at how much prettier she looks.

    She should stop trying to channel Marilyn Monroe. Ever since Moulin Rouge, she has it in her head that she can do breathy and giggly (Betwithced, Happy Feet). She is totally insufferable in that mode. Leave the giggling to Cameron Diaz or somebody. I actually like her when she does mature, knowing, cool-headed.

  18. geez, jeff.

    i don’t like kidman as an actress, but to say she’s past her prime at 40 is pathetic and an indicator that your sensibility is closer to the studio marketing execs, i.e. ageist and shallow. and i’m sure you’d turn her away for sex: “no, nicole. 40. you are 40! way past your prime. be gone.”

  19. Hate to be a pedant, but HTMAM was itself a remake; the real original is THE GREEKS HAD A WORD FOR THEM (1932), but which itself is just another entry in a long list of what film buffs call “Sally-Irene-And-Mary” movies (three girls come to the big city in search of fame, fortune and husbands), which had been very popular since the 1925 film of that title.

    Keepin’ it real…and factual.

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