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There isn’t any magic in the gritty neo-noir drama Destroyer, but director Karyn Kusama certainly manages to make Nicole Kidman disappear. Donning prosthetics and a frayed wig, Kidman plays LAPD detective Erin Bell, a burnt out shell who has to revisit a tragic undercover operation from decades ago in the wake of a new murder. It’s one of the best, most effective performances of 2018 that sees Kidman completely vanishing into the role, all hoarse voice, hungover eyes, and battered limping. The film reunites Kusama with The Invitation writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, and also stars Sebastian Stan, Bradley Whitford, Tatiana Maslany, Scoot McNairy, and Toby Kebbell.
With Destroyer in theaters, I sat down with Kidman and Kusama to discuss the film, the process of bringing the character of Erin Bell to life, how the film plays with time and structure, and a lot more. Check out what they had to say in the player above, and below is exactly what...
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