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“It was a piece of sh*t”: Stanley Kubrick Hated $162M Erotic Thriller As Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman Kept Bullying Him

"It was a piece of sh*t": Stanley Kubrick Hated $162M Erotic Thriller As Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman Kept Bullying Him

Getting to the top of the ladder in the Hollywood industry is not an easy feat, and staying there is an even harder challenge to overcome. But there is just something about Tom Cruise which makes everyone agree that if anyone has to be termed Hollywood royalty, then his name should be at the top of the list.

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise

His ever-shining smile and his kind persona are one of the aspects through which he commands love and admiration from the public to such a large extent. But while the majority of the world sings praises about the star, there are some that don’t feel the same about him. One such individual was none other than the Late. Stanley Kubrick, who accused him of ruining his film.

Stanley Kubrick Accused Tom Cruise And Nicole Kidman Of Ruining Eyes Wide Shut

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in a still from Eyes Wide Shut
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in a still from Eyes Wide Shut

Known to be one of the most accomplished stars in the history o Hollywood, Tom Cruise is often regarded as some of the best A-listers to work with on major Hollywood projects. With such a clean and illustrious track record, along with numerous accounts calling him a very kind person, it’s odd to hear Stanley Kubrick, the Late. legendary filmmaker, call out him and his then-wife Nicole Kidman for ruining his film Eyes Wide Shut while also bullying him during the production.

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During a past interview, R Lee Ermey, the star who had worked with The Shining director before in Full Metal Jacket and was also a good friend of his, revealed that just 2 weeks before his death in 1999, he was contacted by him, where he told Ermey that he considered his then-upcoming film a disgrace and hated everything about it. He also blamed the lead cast of Cruise and Kidman for being the cause of the degradation of the film to what it had become in the end. Ermey said:

Stanley called me about two weeks before he died. We had a long conversation about Eyes Wide Shut. He told me it was a piece of shit and that he was disgusted with it and that the critics were going to have him for lunch. He said Cruise and Kidman had their way with him – exactly the words he used.”

While this was what was reported by Ermey, the stars of the film had completely different opinions about the film, saying that is the film Kubrick wanted at the end, also calling the experience of working with him enriching and fulfilling.

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What Was Eyes Wide Shut About?

A still from Eyes Wide Shut
A still from Eyes Wide Shut

Coming directly from the vision of Stanley Kubrick, Eyes Wide Shut was the erotic/thriller that emerged from the realm of desire and passion, while narrating a story full of suspense and surprises that unfolded as the story progressed. The film focuses on Bill Harford, who seeks refuge in an underground se*ual group in order to learn more about it when his wife tells him about her underlying lustful feeling about another man. But once in the group, he slowly starts to discover that he might’ve taken a wrong decision.

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Eyes Wide Shut, streaming on HBO Max.

Source: Radar Online

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