Curious Facts About ‘Eyes Wide Shut’

Four months after his death in 1999, Stanley Kubrick’s final film Eyes Wide Shut was released in theaters. During its production, the film was mostly kept a secret from the public, gaining a lot of attention and momentum long before its much-anticipated release. While the movie did well at the box office, it left many people scratching their heads as the credits rolled. To this day, Eyes Wide Shut remains one of Kubrick’s most discussed films both for its production and underlying themes. Check out what makes this film so intriguing.

Kubrick Wanted Different Actors

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

While Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were the perfect duo to play the Hartfords, they weren’t director Stanley Kubrick’s first choice. The head of Warner Bros., Terry Semel, suggested that Kubrick cast A-list Hollywood actors, stating: “What I would really love you to consider is a movie star in the lead role; you haven’t done that since Jack Nicholson.

Kubrick didn’t disagree, but wanted a real-life married couple, and had his sights on the married Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. In the end, he ended up going with wedded couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.