Stanley Kubrick was disgusted with “Eyes Wide Shut” and blamed actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman for “having their way with him,” according to actor R. Lee Ermey, who starred in Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket.”
In an interview with Jebediah Reed for Radar:
Did you and Kubrick become close while shooting Full Metal Jacket?
Very close. Stanley called me up all the time. He’d call at three o’clock in the morning and say, “Oh, it’s 10 o’clock over here.” [Laughs] “Yeah, well, it’s three o-fucking-clock in the morning here, Stanley. Oh well.” He called me about two weeks before he died, as a matter of fact. We had a long conversation about ‘Eyes Wide Shut.’ He told me it was a piece of shit and that he was disgusted with it and that the critics were going to have him for lunch. He said Cruise and Kidman had their way with him—exactly the words he used.
What did he mean?
He was kind of a shy little timid guy. He wasn’t real forceful. That’s why he didn’t appreciate working with big, high-powered actors. They would have their way with him, he would lose control, and his movie would turn to shit.
Wow. Maybe Kubrick was just talking smack as he was unhappy with certain elements of the film? I think the film is quite good in it’s own odd sort of way and worth a rewatching now that the buzz around it has passed.
And definitely one of the more intriguing films Tom Cruise has ever been in.