Nicole Kidman’s ‘Grace of Monaco’ is already being slammed by the Grimaldis

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Here ^^ is the new ad Nicole Kidman did with Jimmy Choo. If you’re anything like me, you’re about to go in search of a better-quality image so you can see the Photoshop work on Nicole’s face. Don’t bother. I looked around, and all of the ad copies look like this. It’s like someone just smeared Vaseline on the image when they got to her face. Also, her legs are incredible and very long in real life but they are NOT THAT LONG. Jimmy Choo also released a new commercial – it’s pretty cheeseball, but I like those leopard-print heels at the beginning.

So, what else is Nicole up to? Well, she’s filming a movie in Sydney, Australia and she’s either dyed her hair brown or she’s wearing a wig – see the pic here. We’ll be seeing Nicole in May because her film, Grace of Monaco, will be opening the Cannes Film Festival. Nicole is always good/fun in Cannes, and I hope she goes all out for the Cannes premiere. But! There’s already a scandal brewing. Apparently, Prince Albert of Monaco does not approve of this movie. And not because the film looks like a budget Lifetime crapfest.

The Monaco royals will not attend the world premiere of Nicole Kidman’s “Grace of Monaco” following a clash with the filmmakers, Page Six has exclusively learned. Prince Albert is said to be furious about the portrayal of his father Prince Rainier in the Princess Grace biopic, which will open the Cannes Film Festival on May 14.

We are told that the movie’s producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam has refused to screen “Grace of Monaco” for Albert, his wife Princess Charlene and his sisters Princesses Stephanie and Caroline or make any changes to the script.

One source told Page Six, “Prince Albert is angry about the film. His concern is that Grace is glorified and Prince Rainier is depicted as a weak, one-sided leader, who is controlling over his wife. Albert fears the movie vilifies his father. It was Pierre’s decision not to screen the movie for the royal family, and their requests for changes have been ignored. They won’t be at the premiere.”

The movie, directed by Olivier Dahan, stars Kidman as Kelly and Tim Roth as Rainier. The plot focuses on the 1963 crisis when Charles de Gaulle blockaded Monaco, angered by its status as a tax haven for wealthy French. The film also depicts a young Princess Grace struggling in her marriage and with her identity as Rainier discourages her return to Hollywood.

Prince Albert has described the movie as “inaccurate.” In a statement last year, the royal House of Grimaldi blasted some scenes as “purely fictional.” It reads, “The royal family wishes to stress that this film in no way constitutes a biopic. It recounts one rewritten and needlessly glamorised page in the history of Monaco and its family with both major historical inaccuracies and a series of purely fictional scenes.”

There are also differences between Dahan and the film’s US distributors The Weinstein Company. Dahan claims Harvey Weinstein had pressured him to agree to a new edit for the US market. Dahan fumed, “There are two versions of the film . . . mine and his, which I find catastrophic.”

[From Page Six]

See, I would be more upset that the film looks horrible rather than a possible portrayal of Prince Rainer as weak and/or controlling. I mean, Grace Kelly (Princess Grace) was supposed to be 33 years old within the movie, and as we’ve already seen in the trailers, they had to use soft lighting and Vaseline-smeared lenses to make Nicole look anywhere close to Grace. Plus, the whole thing does look super-cheeseball. If this was a real story, told with historical accuracy, about Monaco’s fight to remain independent, I would watch that. But it just looks like a stupid vehicle for Nicole where she prances around in fancy clothes.

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  1. AlexandraJane says:

    there was a story about Nicole on popb*tch that on her last film work couldn’t start until the collagen in her face warmed up enough to be able to move it properly (ish).

    • Loubelle says:

      Jeepers! Wouldn’t someone like Caitlin Fitzgerald (from Masters of Sex) been incredible in this role? Such a missed opportunity.

    • Sugar says:

      That doesn’t even make sense. A person’s body temperature is pretty much the same throughout the day, so her filler couldn’t really “warm up”, nor would it need to warm up.

  2. Lindy79 says:

    Tim Roth…whyyyyy???

    Why does Kidman (with the exception of when she uses her natural Aussie accent) always do the same voice/accent in every film?! When you’re part is based on a real person you should at least make some effort to sound or speak like them.
    I realise you can’t do it completely but simple things like pronunciation/inflection can make a huge difference.

    • blue marie says:

      Exactly, I can’t believe he’s in this crapfest.

    • Sixer says:

      Why doesn’t Tim get better roles? I think we should make a pro-Tim pressure group or something.

    • Lindy79 says:

      I agree Sixer. He’s incredible but it’s never been truly recognised with a few exceptions.
      I get that he may not want to play the Hollywood game so offers might be limited but..this??

    • Sixer says:

      I love Tim. Ok. I’m incorporating the Free Tim From Shite Roles Society RIGHT NOW.

    • Amelia says:

      I’m quite fond of Lie to Me, but he could do SO MUCH BETTER.
      Having said that, looking at the state of the trailer I reckon he’ll probably end up being the best part of the film, even if the portrayal of Ranier is hugely inaccurate.
      It’s just a self-indulgent vanity project for Kidman.

    • Evi says:

      She always does the Meg Ryan American accent and facial expressions.

    • Lainey says:

      I’m not surprised. I don’t think the lovely Princess Grace showed an inch of gums when she smiled. No wonder the Grimaldis were not impressed.

  3. Dame Snarkweek says:

    At least Raihier never confiscated Kelly’s passport.

  4. pru says:

    I’m guessing the Grimaldis aren’t the only ones that are going to be slamming this film.

  5. BeckyR says:

    When Grace died, so did everything good about the Grimaldi family. They are all trash.

  6. Tanguerita says:

    whoever made this commercial should be fired on spot, you can smell the cheese from miles away.

  7. Anne says:

    I think the biggest issue will be the fight between the director and the distribution company.

    • mimif says:

      I think that already happened? Wasn’t this film set to debut last year, and when Weinstein got word of what a crapfest it was, he bailed to promote another more successful movie. Can’t be bothered to google, but that’s what I recall.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Yes, it was supposed to come out around Thanksgiving so that it would be considered for award season, but it was pulled. Never a good sign.

  8. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Is it awful and shallow that I sort of want to see it once it comes out on DVD? Just for the clothes? I mean it looks pretty awful and made-for-TV drama, but maybe one night when my husband has to work late and I have a glass of wine and watch it in my pjs.

    I’m torn about Albert. I mainly don’t care whether he likes it or not, because I think he’s a sleaze, but I do think it would be hard if you felt a movie was unfair to one of your parents. I feel sorry for that.

    • Lindy79 says:

      Not at all. I watched Liz and Dick and that awful one about Donatella Versace.
      Like you said, perfect wine and pjs movie.

      • I watched Liz and Dick online–God. It was the worst thing ever–I felt bad for the dude playing as Richard Burton. He was TRYING, but got absolutely nothing from Lindsey.

        The only scene that she was even watchable in was the one where she was crying, being interviewed after Burton died–I remember the line ‘I knew that he still loved me…’…other than that. Crap.

      • Tig says:

        Which Liz and Dick? Lohan’s or Helena Bonham Carter? The one with HBC was pretty good! Totally aboard with idea that wine and PJs can improve about any viewing experience!

        Can’t believe this is opening Cannes! Has the lineup already been announced?

      • @Tig
        She’s referring to the Lifetime version.

        Also–just because a film opens Cannes doesn’t mean its any good. I can guarantee that this piece of crap is opening because of Weinstein.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Yep it was Lifetime version.
        I agree Virginia, I felt SO sorry for Grant Bowler, who at least made an attempt to look/sound like Burton. Lindsay looked and sounded like she’d just rolled out of a crack den and fell into some furs and wigs.

    • TG says:

      Since Albert doesn’t treat his own wife well it is no wonder that he would be defensive about his father’s callous treatment of his mother. I love that the producers or whoever made the decision refused to cave to slimy Albert and his crew. Makes me want to see it more but on BlueRay. I can never pass up a movie about a Princess or a fairy tale.

    • Violet says:

      @Tig. Usually the film that opens Cannes is not very good (see: The Great Gatsby, Robin Hood, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). It is usually a way for studios to premiere their commercial films for the summer (though grace Grace does not fit this patron). And no the lineup is not announce till the 15 of this month.

  9. Tatjana says:

    I would be more upset if somebody portrayed my father as a jerk than the film looking terrible.

  10. What I got from this trailer is that Grace married a prince because he was hot and rich, had a few kids, wanted to go back to Hollywood, but couldn’t because her aging, hot prince was in some trouble with France (they referred to Charles De Gaulle, right?), so she couldn’t–it was up to her to boost the morale by keeping her mouth shut and looking hot (and wearing all the royal jewels, lucky biatch).


    With a better script, director, etc–this could’ve actually been a really good movie–even with this premise. I’m fascinated with the idea of a strong woman who gives up what little she has to back up her guy–especially on a scale like this. If this had been done right, it could’ve opened up a really great discussion–as women do this ALL THE TIME, on a lower scale. As it is, I only want to see this for jewelry p0rn.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      Kelly wasn’t that strong of a woman. She was alternately controlled by her father and whatever director or love interest she had going on at the time. When she was younger she fell madly in love with a physician but her family refused to let them wed because he was jewish. Reportedly, she never got over it. If the Windsors hadn’t been so snobby Princess Margaret and Princess Grace probably would have gotten along well. Grace was an extremely kindhearted person and could have softened Margaret up a bit, imo.

      • lunchcoma says:

        Indeed, she wasn’t a very strong woman. I do think she was a more interesting and complicated one than this movie makes her out to be, though. It’s unfortunate people have decided to go the cheesy route when making movies about her. I think there could have been an interesting film made about her life.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      Has your mom been to CTCA yet? They are simply the best and are a world of difference from the VA. Best to her and you, as well.

    • Eleanor Zissou says:

      How is a woman strong if she gives up everything for a guy?
      And I read somewhere that Grace was hard to work with.

  11. QQ says:

    It looks like a baby that shat the bed profussely but Im not gonna lie, the fact the Trash ass Grimaldis don’t want anything to do with it is so delicious that it almost makes me want to watch it…when it does come to Lifetime

    • mimif says:

      Bahaha “profusely” has such a nice ring to it. I’m saying it aloud in a fake vaguely retro foreign-ish accent.

  12. Talie says:

    The Jimmy Choo ad looks like it features a new starlet, maybe 23 yrs old and she has a show on the CW.

    That’s a lot of airbrushing…

  13. poppy says:

    would anyone that left hollywood for way more money/fame/respect really want to go back there and work? why?
    NK looks acts and sounds nothing like GK. NK looks like a fake NK. sad.

  14. Adrien says:

    Top photo looks like a mash up of Kate Beckinsale and Liv Tyler. Doesn’t look anything like Nicole.

  15. nora says:

    in France we say that c was an arranged marriage and after having had children Grace was unhappy and wanted to do some movies it’s also emblerait in the last years of her life she was s rapprochee of a sect (the solar temple) the family grimaldie na no pretige among other royal families in this family there are only Grace that was great all the other c is bogus, sorry for my english

    • Hiddles forever says:

      Thanks for posting! And you have no bad English, I understood what you meant :)

  16. Dame Snarkweek says:

    Kidman has lovely skin in person.

    • Evi says:

      You mean skin that has undergone extensive artificial cosmetic work to look like that.
      I remember Kidman from her old Dolly magazine shoots. Covered in freckles. Face, body, etc.

    • LAK says:

      Dame: yes she does, considering she bleached it and has to protect it at all times as bleaching thins the skin.

      • Eleanor Zissou says:

        She bleached it? Why? She’s very pale and ginger, isn’t she?
        And if her skin looks good, who cares if she had something done.

  17. serena says:

    Nicole is no way near Grace of Monaco’s beauty. I’m not trying to be mean, that’s just a fact. That and Nicole’s age, she can’t portray a 33 years old, thanks to her awful plastic surgery too.

    This movie seems like a mess. I have no desire to watch it.

    • Eleanor Zissou says:

      Young Nicole was prettier than young Grace, IMO.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Really? Wow. Look at her in comment 12 link. That’s young Nicole. Are you sure? Lol, I just can’t believe anyone would think that. You’re entitled to your opinion, of course, and people see beauty differently, but…really?

    • Amy Tennant says:

      Grace was one of the most beautiful women EVER, but I don’t think Nicole is far off that standard. I always thought she was so gorgeous. The only problem I see with the casting is Nicole’s age (and, frankly, Botox).

  18. Candy Love says:

    I don’t get why Nicole would get so much Botox just before filming this movie. Her face is frozen and when she try’s to show any type of emotion the only thing that moves are her eyebrows.

  19. Evi says:

    I can’t watch Kidman in anything. Terrible actress. I was shocked that she was cast to play Grace Kelly. Certainly doesn’t do Kelly justice.
    A mess of casting, directing and writing: that’s what seems to be the case, especially when I’ve read elsewhere that Harvey Weinstein was not impressed with the cut of the film.
    I don’t know why they make these type of films – when family members are still alive. Naomi Watts’ effort nosedived as Princess Diana and when Watts was quoted saying stupid things, like ‘feeling’ Diana’s presence, she entered my actor sh!t list, alongside Kidman.

    • Anna-fo-Fanna says:

      Well, they’re BFFs, so that makes sense! The tragic thing, though, is that Nicole actually used to be a talented actress before she froze her face all to hell. I mean, as an actor, how could you do that??? It’s really too bad.

  20. Isadora says:

    Ah… Nicole… why, oh why. I mean, I’ve seen her in some films where she was really good. I just can’t understand that an actress (who actually has some talent) kind of freezes her face with botox and stuff and still continues to act – with hardly any facial expression.

  21. GKN says: may be a feast for the eyes … but sounds like we shall not listen to these script…

  22. Jackson says:

    Eh. Dumb movie but I think she looks great. Albert the Icky should be glad whenever his royal family gets any press that doesn’t involve another illegit child or his own sketchy marriage.

  23. eliza says:

    I like Kidman and am sad she is in this film. The same sadness I had for another favorite, Naomi Watts for having been in that ridiculous Diana film.

  24. Reece says:

    I might have to watch this for the clothes porn. And Nothing Else!

  25. bettyrose says:

    Anyone else totally get into the Grimaldi subplot on Gossip Girl?

  26. India says:

    I cannot think of anyone less deserving to play this role than Nicole Kidman. She is the worst actress ever.

  27. Baskingshark says:

    I would love to see how Nicole would look now if she had not opted to turn her face into a granite kabuki mask version of what it used to be. I bet she would look 1,000 times better. And no, she wouldn’t be playing 33-year-olds, but it’s not like the current version of her is believable as a 30-something either.

    • Emily C. says:

      The expressiveness of her face used to be the most beautiful thing about her. She’s destroyed that beauty, along with much of her talent, by making herself plastic. I do not understand why anyone would do that to themselves.

  28. Camille (The Original) says:

    Good lord that movie looks bad. And Nicole is so badly miscast that it’s almost a criminal offense!

  29. prissa says:

    If Kidman can play a 33yr old then Jared Leto can play Kurt Cobain. That is all.

  30. Tessy says:

    That top photo is just weird. It looks nothing like Nicole at all, just some generic photoshopped open mouthed model.