Nicole Kidman threatens to retire -- She tells Cannes reporters that she'd quit if she meets someone and settles down

By Gary Susman
May 19, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Sure, Nicole Kidman is now an Oscar-winning actress, but she’d chuck it all if she found Mr. Right. So she told reporters in Cannes during a press conference to promote her film festival entry, ”Dogville.” She said of her career, ”I probably won’t do this for the rest of my life. There are other things to do that interest me and I think that when I fall in love, that’s when I will stop and settle down.” The 35-year-old actress, divorced from Tom Cruise since 2001, added, ”This kind of life is a burnout. You find yourself saying ‘I can’t do this forever’. It will finish in its own time.”

”Dogville” may be one reason she’s feeling the burn. In Lars von Trier’s three-hour film about a woman on the lam from gangsters who hides in a small mountain town, Kidman finds herself at one point wearing an iron dog collar attached to a chain, a bell, and an iron wheel. ”The collar was not discussed on the phone,” Kidman said. “I saw it when I arrived, and I had a pretty strong reaction.” The first week on the set, she got into a lengthy screaming match with the director, who similarly tormented Bjork’s character in his ”Dancer in the Dark” and struggled so much with the Icelandic performer that she decided to quit acting.

Similarly, Kidman said of von Trier, ”We went off into the forest and had a heart-to-heart. It was a three-hour, warts-and-all, screaming walk. But we came out with a very strong commitment to each other.” In fact, she said, she was committed to making the other two films in von Trier’s proposed trilogy. ”All I know is I trusted Lars,” she said. ”I don’t know why, but I did.” Add two more von Trier films to her planned remake of ”The Stepford Wives” and the possible big-screen version of ”Bewitched” and it looks like Kidman won’t be searching for that Mr. Right anytime soon.