Nicole Kidman has discussed the infamous urination scene from her new movie The Paperboy.
In the film, Kidman’s character Charlotte chooses to urinate on Jack, played by Zac Efron, after he is attacked by a jellyfish. According to urban myth, the ammonia in human urine works well to counteract jellyfish stings, although many scientists say it is actually ineffective.
When asked whether the scene was difficult to film by V magazine, Kidman replied: “The peeing thing, I didn’t think was that weird, because I was in character. That was for the jellyfish. And for me it said so much about Charlotte. One, she’s protecting him. Two, she’s tough as nails and no one else is going to pee on this guy.”
The Paperboy, an adaptation of a 1995 novel by author Pete Dexter, stars Matthew McConaughey as a reporter who investigates the events surrounding a murder in order to exonerate a man on death row. Efron co-stars as his younger brother, while Kidman plays the prisoner’s fiancé and Macy Gray appears as the Narrator.
The film, directed by Lee Daniels of Shadowboxer and Precious fame, received mixed reviews when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May (2012). However, Kidman earned praise for her performance as Charlotte and the urination scene was widely reported in the media. The Paperboy is scheduled for release in the UK in October (2012) – scroll down to watch the trailer.