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-Welcome back. We're hanging out with the one and only Nicole Kidman! Oh, my goodness. [ Cheers and applause ] You're playing Lucille Ball in this new movie. -Yes. -Now, this is -- How do you go about this? It is an impression? No. You can't do an impression. -I mean, when Aaron originally approached me, he was like, "I do not want you to do an impersonation of her," which, thank God, because I can't. I wouldn't be able to. So, he said, "I really want to discov--" I mean, it's about this marriage and Desi and Lucille. And I call her Lucille so that you really can sort of understand that it's not the "I Love Lucy" show. -Yeah, there are two -- the way you did it, like, "I Love Lucy" is one character and then Lucille Ball is -- -Yeah, and Lucille Ball always said she as a woman was not funny. And you would be able to attest to this -- comedy is hard. [ Laughter ] -Oh! I thought you were gonna say... [ Laughter and applause ] -What did you think? -I don't care. I mean -- I mean -- Yes, comedy is definitely hard. Yeah. -Very hard. -Yes. -But -- -And it ain't funny right now. -Oh! What are you talking about?! -Oh, no. [ Laughter ] -But she was one of the best physical comedians. -Yeah, and I mean, for me as an actor, and primarily a dramatic actor, I was like, "Oh, my God. How do you do this?" and... -You nailed it. -When I started to study her, I was like, "oh, I love playing this woman," because the physical comedy and the movement of the body and being able to release into that as an actor is something I've never done. -What you did on it that was fantastic is that you do Lucy when the show is on and your voice is higher, and you -- "Ricky!" and you're doing this whole -- -Waaaah! -Yes. Oh, my God. [ Laughter ] That is that. Waaah! And that's what she does. -Waaah! Waaah! -And in real life -- yeah. And in real life when she talks, she's a smoker -- smoked a lot. -She had a very deep voice. She was a heavy smoker. -Yeah. I say it when you're not here, but I'll say it when you're here -- you're one of the best actors that ever lived; I love you. -No. -Yes, you're amazing. Everything you're in, I absolutely buy it. Hook, line, and sinker, I'm in. I always go -- You are amazing in every single thing. -I love it. I love acting. I'm very privileged to be able to do what I love doing. -You're fantastic. And please keep doing it. I want to show everyone a clip. Here's Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball in "Being the Ricardos." Take a look. -Act one, interior, the Ricardos' living room, night. -Excuse me. Donald. -Y-Yes. -Good morning. I'm Lucille Ball. -I sure know that, Lucy. -I wanted to make sure because you haven't been here in a while. Is it because you've been going through puberty? -I look young, yes, but I went through it a long time ago. And I haven't been here because I've been directing at "Danny Thomas." -With the Communist kid? [Bleep] off. -Jesus Christ. -You don't have to [bleep] off, but you do need to know that Danny does jokes -- few people do it better -- I do physical comedy. -I've seen every episode of the show. -So have 60 million other people. Are none of them professional television directors? -She's kidding. -I can tell. -I'm hazing you a little, Donald. It's just my way of saying I have no confidence in you at all. -That's it. Nicole Kidman, everybody. "Being the Ricardos" is in theaters December 10th and available on Prime Video December 21st. More "Tonight Show" after the break.

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