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Nicole Kidman Insisted on Zac Efron Pee Scene in 'Paperboy'

Nicole Kidman Insisted on Zac Efron Pee Scene in 'Paperboy'

Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron‘s scene in which she pees on him in their new film The Paperboy has been one of the hottest stories from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

The film’s director Lee Daniels sat down with GQ to talk about the scene and other controversial moments in his work.

On why the pee scene was necessary: “Well, I got nervous at the end, after we shot it. So I called Nicole. First of all, it was really hard to shoot. It was the third day. The first scene we shot was the sex scene with John [Cusack and Kidman]. I like to get that right out of the way. The second day was the telepathic sex scene in the prison. And the third day of shooting was the piss scene. But, when right before I sent it off to Cannes, I called Nicole at three in the morning. I said, “Nicole, I can’t do it, I’ve gone too far. I can’t put that scene in the movie.” She said, “Lee, you made me pee on Zac Efron, if you don’t put that in the movie, you’re out of your freakin’ mind. I did it! I did it!” She said, “No way, you’re out of your mind.” So we put it in. That was the one where I thought, “Oh… No…” When you’re doing the script it makes sense, when you’re shooting it, it makes sense, but then you see the totality and you’re like, “Woah. Woah.”"

On Zac’s reactions while filming the scene: “And if you could have watched Zac’s face: He’s supposed to be passed out and [while she's peeing] he’s just got this smile on his face. I’m like, “Zac, pretend like you’re dead!” And he’s just got this crazy smile on his face. The whole thing’s crazy.”

On Zac’s scenes in just his tightie whities: “I was just like, how can I make him look ugly? I couldn’t. Matthew [McConaughey] is handsome, at least, is older, so I could rough him up, but fucking Zac? It was hard. I kept twisting the camera but he always looked good. The tightie whities?”

FYI: In the scene, Nicole‘s character pees on Zac‘s character after he is stung by a jellyfish while swimming in the ocean.

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  • ColinG

    WTF did i just read…sounds hot

  • Kary

    this will be a must-see moment… it sound hilarious… Nic is an excellent actress… so she loves the challenges!!!

  • Lana

    I am pretty sure I am going to laugh my ass off at that scene.

  • yes!!!

    I am pretty sure that Zac did an amazing job!! i am so proud of him!!!

  • maire

    “Zac, pretend like you’re dead!” And he’s just got this crazy smile on his face. The whole thing’s crazy. lol hahahaha

  • A. OK

    Sounds like a great movie , Zac is getting very good reviews.

  • tj20

    lmao i need to see this movie

  • amelia25

    Beautiful Zac!

  • jimmy

    i like that position, its too bad zac had to get pissed on. her thighs are real thick

  • ha ha

    wth is she doing, so funny the guy next to her totally ignoring or sleeping, like she’s just another nut on the train

  • kami

    “Zac definitely outshines all the other stars in PAPERBOY”


    “CANNES: THE PAPERBOY last movie – should have been trashier – amazingly Zac Efron gives the best performance in it. Southern Fried Sleaze.”
    just the kind of movie i love–southern fried sleaze.

  • WOW!


  • Barbara

    how funny that gets talked about more then Kidman love scenes with ZAC. am sorry but the pee scene doesn’t turn me on at all. in fact its disgusting to say the least. if the sex scene with her and ZAC gets talked about more maybe i be interested in this movie. =/

  • @Barbara

    The pee scene isn’t suppose to “turn you on”, idiot. He got a jellyfish sting.

  • rj

    What’s next? You really don’t have to piss on anyone. All they have to do is give the viewers imagimation of her peeing. Movie makers often time goes too far, thinking viewers are brain dead. For this reason, I will never watch this movie.

  • Marina

    @rj: Do your really that it counts if you watch the movie or not? No, it doesn’t. Every single detail of such a movie is written in the contracts they have to sign. No matter how nice or maybe disgusting something might be, it’s in the contract and with the sign the actor/actress accepts it.

    All people out there think being an actor is a funny and relaxing job, well it’s exactly opposite. A day on a set takes at least 12 – 14 hours, usually more than that and after the shooting it’s not over because then they have to prepare for the next day. What actors and actress have to do is often a torture for their bodies. No matter if they have to gain weight and then lose it in a very short period, like Zellweger and Bale had to for their roles. Put on muscle mass like Zac had to do for The Lucky One or Hugh Jackman for his role as Wolverine. They don’t get much sleep during a shooting, that’s the next.

    They don’t have the funny life that everybody thinks they have.
    As far as I remember Matthew McConaughey had to eat mud for his other movie that is in competition in Cannes, also nothing funny but he had to do. It always depends if the actor/actress wants the role, if yes then they have to do what the directors and productions companies demand from them and if not then they can go and will be replaced. That’s the life.

  • Iz

    BUT I wonder how did they really do that scene? Because of course she could have not piss on him.

  • Rachel

    Read that the cast did a great job, hence can’t wait to see ‘The Paperboy’!

  • bluenightfox

    In this pic Nicole looks a bit like Lindsey Lohan….

  • Dieter

    Nicole has so much class and is such a devoted actress. If you need to pee, you need to pee !!!!

  • Rachel
  • Roger

    The standing ovation for ‘The Paperboy’ was the longest of the Festival this year : 16 minutes of applause!
    From Pete Hammond (Deadline) :
    ‘Cannes Festival director Thierry Fremaux told people associated with the film that (despite some blistering reviews) it received the longest sustained applause of any film in Cannes this year (clocked at 16 minutes, far ahead of every other film to date and comparable to what Drive got last year).’

  • A. OK

    Let’s end the speculation here and now. In an interview at Cannes with Macy Grey , when asked , Zac teases at first then says , “No , she didn’t really do it”.(about Nicole Kidman peeing on him)
    Zac seems to be so honest and sincere in his interviews here. It is like he grew up since The Lucky One. He sounds more like an adult actor , instead of a horn dog teenager going for headlines.

  • KN

    I feel like every movie Nicole chooses, every role is with an “award” in mind. Not saying she is not a good actress, she is, but I think she needs, wants, desires award-love for validation, think it means alot to her.

  • PPlease

    @KN , you are absolutely right. But, Nicole is a brave actress.

  • Roger

    @KN: Huh? ‘The Paperboy’ is the exact opposite of what Oscar voters love. It’s an incredible risk for a big star like Kidman. Same for ‘Dogville’, ‘Birth’ or ‘Margot at the Wedding’. And what about things like ‘The Golden Compass’, or ‘Just Go with it’? Do you think she chose those with awards in mind too? Kidman is a great actress with an incredibly diverse, fascinating career. After 30 years in the biz, she’s still able to provoke and surprise everyone. Give her the credit she deserves.

  • Barbara

    the person who insulted me can go to hell. and if you like getting peed on i piss on you.

  • Tiffany

    wow what am interesting movie i wait to see it. i LOVE Nicole Kidman she rocks,but the piss part might be gross to some fans. LOL

  • Tiffany

    *I cant wait to see the movie*.

  • Barbara

    in fact who ever called me an idiot for my opinion. why don’t i do you the honor of pissing on your grave when you die. since you love Nicole peeing on ZAC SO MUCH. i piss on everyone here. losers

  • http://comcast Dee

    One thing I have noticed is that if Nicole Kidman in in any of JJs articles there is always lots and lots of comments, other stars just a few. I think it is because she is a REAL MOVIE STAR and is just so kind but yet sooo fascinating. Nicoles’ arm candy is pretty nice also (Keith Urban), another REAL talent.

  • @Barbara

    You’re a psycho.

  • A. OK

    @Barbara Don’t let the haters and the crazies here get to you. This will probably not mean much to you, but I enjoy reading your comments when I see them. They seem well thought out and from your heart.

  • Little MY

    Nicole has confirmed that she did actually pee on Zac efron’s face, read her deadline interview.

  • http://@temporaryhermit Beate

    Another link to an interesting article on the scene as well as the whole movie, Nicole Kidman, and her other projects:

  • Barbara

    if its more about the piss scene i pass. and i really hope the love scene that zac said he had with nicole wasn’t a lie. if so am going to have mixed emotions about this movie. whether or not a love scene between him and nicole is in the movie isnt the issue. my point is don’t lie about something being in a movie thats not. thats all am saying. but i guess we will wait and see though.

  • modine

    Imho, it’s not disgusting that she (‘actually’, really?) peed on his face, at least not for me. What is disgusting here is that these days creators will do anything to sell a movie. Because many ppl will learn about this movie and will go see it thanks to the peeing scene and publicity it has and will generate. Desperate.

  • Louise

    Love that Nicole Kidman takes on challenging roles. She is one of the few ultimate actresses in Hollywood. So talented, so beautiful, and so in love with her family. A fine, fine person.

  • Bunnylover

    @modine: well in the book the scene is actually multiple people peeing on zac’s character!! and at least they are creating interest!! so can’t wait to see this!

  • Alexandra

    When I found out Nicoles’s character pees on Zac’s character I imagined the craziest scenario ever.. like a sex scene or something like that.. and then when I read the FYI note i laughed so hard because she pees on him because he’s stung by a jellyfish. I found it absolutly hilarious

  • kami

    southern ppl use pee for a lot of ailments. not just jellyfish stings. lol

  • mae

    She’s brave, honest, strong. She isn’t fraid of taking risk. She does what she wants, she’s free and indipendent. She’s a movie star. She’s Nicole Kidman.

  • taco

    She got the best reviews for her perfomance and movie had a 16 minutes long standing ovation…She is the queen of Cannes and the queen of Hollywood…Love her…this girl is brave! she could be one of the ,any boring actresses that do bland romantic comedies but she takes risks and she puts herself at stake. she’s great!

  • Tina

    I’m sorry the scene is funny the fact that she really peed on him with urine is not. It’s disgusting that an actor is that desperate to get work to lower their standards to this. What is the next step actually having sex for the director. Well those movies are in the X rated sections What has our society come to when movie magic beomes a reality and when legitimate actos have to sell their souls to get a part.I’m sorry but they reall could have used gatorade ad made it look real. You call Nicole and Zac brave I call them “pigs”. I can’t even imagine what they do in their private lives. I am not a pride but if I want the real thing then I will rent a porn.

  • Tina

    I meant I’m not a prude . Also There is a video where EFron says it wasn’t true then in this one he says it was true.

  • kami

    did the paperboy win any awards at cannes?

  • Barbara

    i guess kidman pissing on zac is the closet thing that we will ever get to a sex scene. LOL

  • Shelly

    Wow. I don’t care how much she or he is getting paid. That’s just ridiculously disgusting. If it’s true, both of them should be ashamed of themselves. And for NK to push the inclusion of it in the movie speaks volumes.

  • touche

    Does anyone know if Kidman legitimately urinated on ZE in that scene? I can understand the scene being integral to the movie but it sounds like the way it was shot especially if she actually urinated is borderline exploitative. A shame they would have to resort to this to sell the movie….especially since the performances have all been praised and the movie would have a decent shot without this constant pandering to the lowest common denominator.

  • just a thought

    The fact that the director of Paperboy said he felt they may have gone too far in the movie (I presume with regard to the peeing scene), speaks volumes. Without seeing the movie, I can’t pass judgment on it, however, I already feel hesitant with the idea of it (that scene). To just do it for the sake of having done it, (as NK said to the director: “I friggin did it!”), and in terms of grabbing attention for the actors being “brave” enough to do it, does not make it great movie-making. If it were me, I certainly would not be wanting the world’s mental attention focussed on my genitals; and how I positioned them over Zac’s face, or was it real etc. The headlines have grabbed this little ‘nugget’ and I could not avoid seeing it, and being drawn into reading further about it, really out of incredulity. The makers of this film knew it would be sensationalist and a lure. It is not for me about great acting. Just my own inconsequential opinion.