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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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114 Responses to “Nicole Kidman Insisted on Zac Efron Pee Scene in 'Paperboy'”

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  1. 51
    just a thought Says:

    correction; NK didn’t say ‘friggin’, just ‘I did it!’.

  2. 52
    Beate Says:

    Initially I only read the article because it was about Nicole Kidman, and she usually does interesting things. (When I first saw a picture of her, I did not consider her especially beautiful, but she became more beautiful with every movie I watched, which probably means she is a really good actress).
    If everybody talks about the ‘piss scene’, whose fault is it? The director’s, Nicole Kidman’s, or the public’s? I would have to see it in context to know if it’s important to the movie, or not.
    Concerning ‘real’ – there seems to be a tendency in movies to get back to the ‘real’ thing, as opposed to CGI, because apparently it always looks more convincing. Is seeing people pee actually so disgusting? I remember that when I was young many people found sex scenes generally disgusting. And what about stunt people risking a lot without ever becoming rich of famous? Shouldn’t their scenes be replaced by hints or CGI? But then, if they chose to live that life, I think it’s okay. On the other hand, I was really impressed by ‘Gilmore girls’ being about sex a lot of the time with showing so little that it was not rated at all – most of it was in the dialogues, so only those who were supposed to get got it. Like when I was a child, an didn’t get it.

    I agree that actors should not be pressured into having to do anything they really do not want to do (but in my view, this also should apply to porn actors, and I cannot view porn as anything ‘real’). I once felt quite upset when I read a comment by a fan stating that an actor, just because of being an actor, has to do (or take off) all kinds of things – in my view it should be up to the actor. (And the people watching movies, – nobody should, of course, be forced to watch a movie. Once a scene from a horror movie shown at a school party bothered me for a long time, along with one I came across when switching channels).
    But with Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron being so famous, I assume they had a choice. So all that should matter is if the scene makes sense within the movie (I remember hearing stories about soldiers in WWII peeing on each other’s wound because pee is supposed to clean wounds of germs). (With so much violence shown in all kinds of movies, does a pee scene really matter?)

    to @A.OK. – I do not mind Barbara’s comment as such, only her reaction on the comments on her comment – she is the one who started being harteful, after just being corrected, not insulted.

  3. 53
    A. OK Says:

    @Beate I understand what you are saying, I try to understand what everyone is saying.

  4. 54
    Barbara Says:


    oh really and just how my comment was hurtful by thinking about someone peeing on someone was nasty. let me ask you something do you like getting peed on? if so thats says a whole lot about your mindset too.

  5. 55
    Barbara Says:

    and calling me an idiot that’s was “correctly” me. no that sounded like an insult to me. if you think calling people names is suppose to correct them them you are mistaken honey.

  6. 56
    Barbara Says:

    and i only reacted negatively after someone reacted negatively towards me for stating my opinion. am sorry but am not going to allow others to be hurtful towards me and not react to it. my philosophy is you give respect to get respect. if that person didn’t like what i said they should’ve kept their mouth shut if they didn’t have anything positive to say.

  7. 57
    just a thought Says:


    It is unfortunate that so many commenters will always attack another commenter, simply because they don’t like the opinion ventured, unable to debate, or even argue, the points put forward. Simple knee-jerks.

    Even this comment of mine will surely be thumbed down; it is mental laziness.

  8. 58
    nodoubt Says:

    It’s not laziness. If it walks like skeptic, squawks like a skeptic, then it’s a skeptic. No matter how much you and ”Barbara” try to pretend you aren’t.

  9. 59
    Barbara Says:


    whatever am going to have a damn opinion whether you agree or not. and if everyone had the same opinion the world would be boring. so if am a skeptic well maybe i am. i have every right to be dealing with people like you in the world. and being a ZAC fan doesn’;t mean that i have to like every single movie he does nor do i have to like the elements in the movies.

  10. 60
    nodoubt Says:

    Don’t waste your breath trying to convince me of anything. You nuts are a joke and life is passing you by with every second you choose to live in hate.

  11. 61
    Barbara Says:


    am not your not worth convincing. keep on living in fantasy land and delusion. i couldn’t care less. but am going to have an opinion whether you like it or not. am not hare to convince you or anyone else who have your heads in their butts.

  12. 62
    Barbara Says:

    and your nuts if you can’t except different opinions that are different from yours. you the one that need the help not me darling.

  13. 63
    just a thought Says:



    To use Nicole’s adjective, YOU are a “freakin” pain in the “freakin” butt with your “freakin” eternal “freakin” cr*p about “freakin” ‘skeptics’ and “freakin” “haters”, your “freakin” obsession with EVERYONE who posts something that you don’t “freakin” like for whatever “freakin” dumb “freakin” juvenile “freakin” tiresome “freakin” reason!!!!!! You are NOT the “freakin” moderator … you are a “freakin” stalking harassing “freakin” lowlife; one guess: “freakin” S “freakin” M.

    “freakin” just disappear; you have tried to “freakin” rule this roost for years: “freakin” enough already!!! “freakin” JERK. SO over YOU!! You are the “freakin” rot on the NK threads.

  14. 64
    just a thought Says:


    YOU are the one that is filled with HATE!

    get it? loser

  15. 65
    Observer Says:

    @Barbara, you said ‘I’m sorry but the pee scene doesn’t turn me on at all” . The commenter after you said it wasn’t suppose to turn anyone on. Zac’s character gets a jellyfish sting. In the book, there is a group of college girls arguing about which one gets to pee on him (because Zac’s character is kind of a sleezebag). In the movie, Nicole burst though the group of girls and says “if anyone’s gonna pee on him, it’s going to be me’. Maybe the makes more sense in perspective. It’s definitely not suppose to be a turn on but it’s a funny scene in the book.

  16. 66
    Layer Cake Says:

    Facts don’t mean much to several people who post here. Neither does reality or common sense.

  17. 67
    Barbara Says:


    OKAY whatever the person was right for calling me an idiot and am wrong for defending myself. my mistake everyone is smart and am the damn idiot for not liking the pee scene.

  18. 68
    Barbara Says:

    i apologize for not going along with everyone here. excuse me for being a dAMN INDIVIDUAL.

  19. 69
    Barbara Says:

    you know what am done goodbye everyone enjoy kidman pissing on zac. maybe someone will actually move their bowels on him too. and i hope you enjoying seeing that too. am done you all disgust me.

  20. 70
    Barbara Says:

    and give a thumbs down I DONT FREAKING CARE.

  21. 71
    Barbara Says:

    to the ones are insulted me and the ones who don’t understand when i’ve been insulted. you all are some nasty ******** i swear. and i mean that both literally and figuratively. so have A POOP AND PEE GOOD TIME. and won’t you all swim in your bowel movements and urine since you like that so much. crazy stans.

  22. 72
    Barbara Says:


  23. 73
    Andy Says:

    I think Nicole didn’t actually peed on Zac because when asked about the scene, both actors’ answers were quite vague. No matter what they say, I’m sure they used a stunt or simulation or whatever to make it look real. This could just be a publicity gimmick so that the film gets talked about until it’s release date.

  24. 74
    George Says:

    @Barbara You bloviating ignoramous.

  25. 75
    Missy Says:

    @Barbara – Ya know, if you want to prove you’re not an idiot, you might wanna stop behaving like one. Get some help. You clearly have mental issues if something so trivial, sets you off to that extent.

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