Nicole Kidman stars as Erin Bell in Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer”
Director Karyn Kusama’s favorite film noirs have always been crime investigations where the sense of dread comes from uncovering the horror humans are capable of committing. In Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay’s “Destroyer” script, Kusama fell in love with how the investigation is being conducted by a deeply flawed and beatdown detective, Erin (Nicole Kidman), compelled to unearth her own transgressions.
Erin’s uncomfortable, but unwavering, look in the mirror required Kidman to play both a 29-year-old Erin and the-present day character 17 years later. The incredible contrast serves as the backstory of the emotional and physical weight Erin has been forced to carry. A great deal has been made of Kidman’s physical transformation; for Kusama, Kidman’s most important asset went beyond her talent and commitment to going to extremes.