Amazon and Aaron Sorkin to dive into ‘I Love Lucy’ for new film

 pagesix.com  01/13/2021 02:59:14   Cindy Adams

Now, about Amazons rejuice of six years of 180 weekly half-hour Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz I Love Lucy TV shows, which premiered 70 years ago.

Making millions, the DesiLu company episodes attracted more viewers than a President Eisenhower speech. Maritally, the glamorous comedienne and Cuban bandleader with the lousy English were less successful. Constant fights. On-set and at home. She an upstate New Yorker. He, a boozer and cheater. Married 1940, divorced 1960. Him: Why she upset? I only go with hookers, and they dont count.

Id see them in NYCs Chinese restaurants. And in my usual high-class reporting style, I once wrote what Lucille Ball and Monica Lewinsky had in common: They both like a good Cuban.

Now Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. are producing this Being the Ricardos in their parents oldie style. Writer/director Aaron Sorkins opening scene was to be a Monday table read, then progress through production to the weeks filming. Lucy and Desi are, reportedly, Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. Long back when I first heard about this, Lucy was to be Cate Blanchett.

Roles that got away from them

Stars like a Cate or Nicole can cop in and out of roles. They can dislike a script, resent another actor, hate the part, fail to love the director or get a better job.

Whoknowswhy Reese Witherspoon was set for Romeo + Juliet but Claire Danes got hired. Weknowwhy at a Cape Fear audition she lost composure meeting De Niro and so they took Juliette Lewis.

In 1974, Daisys The Great Gatsby role had big-time turnover. Faye Dunaways rejection so crushing that her 1995 autobio was called Looking for Gatsby: My Life. Mia Farrow got hired.

And how about Mick Jagger, who tried out to play Frank-N-Furter in the Rocky Horror movie. I mean, please. Charlies Angels after Farrah Fawcett and Kate Jackson left? Nixed were Kim Basinger, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathie Lee Gifford, Shari Belafonte.

Then Sandra Bullock had the lead in Runaway Bride, but one scene required mounting a runaway horse so she ran away. She was allergic. Susan Sarandon tested for Kramer vs. Kramer. Meryl Streep got the Oscar. And leave nobody forget James Brolin took a shot at the James Bond Octopussy role. Maybe he now acts it out to B.Streisand.

Clooney tested for Thelma & Louise. Brad Pitt got it. Upset, George refused to see the film and told the Scottish Daily Record: Eventually I watched it on video and forgave Pitt. I realized Id never have thought of doing things as he did them. He was perfect.”

Chatterboxes

Kathie Lee Gifford on SiriusXMs Personally Speaking talked of forgiving Howard Sterns trashing her. It was a legendary feud. Id never met the man, never heard him on the radio. Every time he disparaged me for some reason, I got hurt. It made no sense. I didnt even know him. What did I do to him? So I thought, Every time he says something bad, its to know to pray for whoever hurts you. Love your enemies. I explain in the book Id just written that Howard then said, Youre everything Im not.

Pay attention

James Fragales new book Blocked? Get Un-Blocked, Now is about how to get unstuck during the pandemic. He knows from getting unstuck. In the 60s, he wrote Billboards Music on Campus at Joe Allens, and 55 years later this book at the same bar. Its now closed, so you might offer your kitchen for his next shot & Comedian Talia Reese at Carlebach Shuls comedy night: I was asked to warm up the crowd at an outdoor gig last week. So I started telling jokes. The organizer pulled me aside and said, No, I meant can you bring blankets?

Quiz: Name a bass hole, a gas hole and a US politician.

Answer: A crack in the ice for fishing, an opening in the street for repair work and Nancy Pelousy & Also, cab drivers are now suffering from a new ailment: middle finger frostbite.

Only in New York, kids, only in New York.

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