Letterman Show 13th June 2005 (CBS)
Transcript done by foxy of www.nicolekidmanunited.com (NKU) from centergirl's video. Thank you centergirl.
Note: There may be a very slight variation in places to the actual words used when Nicole and Letterman talked at the same time. Laughter places have sometimes been noted but not all because the whole interview, like the previous one in May 2004, was full of laughter.
L=David Letterman N=Nicole Kidman
L: She's starring in a new motion picture entitled Bewitched . It opens June 24. Here's the very lovely Nicole Kidman.
Nicole enters wearing a smart white dress that she wore in Bewitched. Letterman stands up and comes over to greet her, whispering something in her ear. Nicole appears to whisper 'thank you' and then turns and waves to the audience and sits down. The audience cheers loudly and Nicole waves again.
David's sidekick Paul (admiring Nicole): I'm putting the glasses back on. This is too much.
L: (agreeing) : Fantastic.
L: How you doing?
N: (laughs) Good thank you.
L: You spent a lot of your year in Australia. Is that correct? You have family in Australia?
N: Yeah! yeah, my whole family lives there.
L: Your entire family. And so would you like to live there? You can't really live there because all the film work is usually done....well that's not true is it? Films are done everywhere aren't they?
N: (laughs) ah haa... (laughs again)
L: So now when you stay ...is it the summer you stay in Australia or is it the winter?
N: I sort of go back for Christmas. I spend Christmas day there and then ..um...I come back to New York usually.
L: And what is an old-fashioned Australian Christmas like?
N: Oh it's very very hot. It's sort of like the weather now. Yeah...it's kind of strange, right? To have hot weather at Christmas. So when I feel the summer coming, I'm like (smells the air) "mmmm....Christmas is coming".
L: Are there traditions specific to Australian celebration in the holidays?
N: well...the strangest thing is we often do a really hot meal. Like we do the turkey and everything and we sit there eating it and sweating and pretending there's snow outside. But actually, this year my family did it on the beach. What you would call shrimp on the barbie.
L: That's what it ought to be shouldn't it?
N: Yes. A little shrimp on the barbie, Christmas carols. Kinda cute. (laughs)
L: The only thing...and we've probably talked about this before.........
N: You're very serious.
L: I'm sorry?
N: You're being very serious tonight.
L: (looking surprised) Am I? Really?!
L: (points his finger at Nicole) : Don't go there!
L: (serious) when you go to Australia, people will warn you about a lot of...first of all there's a lot of peculiar animals we don't have here in this country. For instance you have Koala bears there...
L: have you ever seen a Koala bear?
N: Oh yeah!!
L: And are they like squirrels in this country? You see them everywhere?
N: No, not everywhere. But you see them. They can be quite vicious.
L: Is that right?
N: Oh Yeah..they're not cuddly little bears..they're like (Nicole does imitation of vicious koala)
L: are these the ones that are constantly chewing on the Eucalyptus leaves?
N: yeah...making them sort of dopey.
L: And are they protected wild life?
N: Yes. Yes..and then we have the roos.
L: Kangaroos. And have you ever seen kangaroos in the wild.
N: Yeah!! Well...no not in the wild. We would go on holiday and there would just be hundreds of them up at our holiday place. umm..you know...jumping... (laughs).. What other animals would you like to know..
L: It's interesting in this country is being over-run by whitetailed deer. For some reason people don't hunt them like they used to and they are just everywhere. Honest to God, they are getting to be like sparrows.
N: I'm not big on hunting.
L: No, nor am I. But is that the same case as with the kangaroos. Are they just everywhere?
N: No. (laughs) No.... if you go on holiday to certain places you will see them. (Nicole pulls a funny face) .... is this interesting? (laughs again)
L: No..but have you ever seen this squirrel(?) ?
N: We have the deadliest spider...we have the funnel-web.
L: That's right.
N: I'm very proud of that spider. 20 minutes and you're gone if you get bitten.
L: Right. And are those everywhere? You have to be very cautious?
N: You actually do. When I was a kid we used to go swimming in a swimming pool and they can live a bubble. An air-bubble, and they live on the bottom of the pool and if you put your foot down in the wrong place you can get bitten.
L: That seems unfair that they hide in air bubbles. You know what I mean?
N: Well life's unfair Dave (gives David a little girl look)
Laughter and clapping from audience
L: And have you ever eaten kangaroo?
N: Oh no...but they do serve it, but I wouldn't eat it ..no.
L: You know the problem with kangaroo?
L: It keeps hopping off your plate.
N: (grimaces at joke and gives a little clap)
L: (laughing) yes..how about a hand for that. Now you were going to make a movie in Australia. What was that project going to be?
N: Yes, I was. With Russell Crowe. And we ended up not making the film.
L: What was the film?
N: It's called Eucalyptus which is after the Eucalyptus trees which the Koalas eat. It's all linked.
L: And you and Russell Crowe are old friends. Is that right?
N: Yes, I've known him since I was 17.
L: And you know he had a little trouble here when he was...... (referring to Russell Crowe's phone throwing incident in a New York hotel a few days earlier)
N: oh Dave.......
L: I mean..but when a friend is in trouble like that, what do you do when you want to help somebody. And I think he needs a little help and he was on the show and said 'yes, he needed help.
N: (looks suspiciously) .Did he?
L: Russell Crowe..yes he did.
N: (looks suspiciously) Is that true?
L: yes it is true. He said sometimes he has problems controlling his anger.
N: Right (thinks) .... hmm.... I think I will not go into that one.
N: No...I think with Russell obviously I heard what happened and I am a very good friend of his..one of his best friends I would say .... you know.... you're there for your best friend right?
L: Did you take this.... I took it as a cry for help.
N: (sighs) oh...Dave...leave me out of it. I can be pulled into so many things. I just want to be left out of it.
L (laughs) I saw the movie Bewitched and boy, that was very entertaining.
N: Thank you.
L: I was very happy to see that. We'll talk about that and some other things when we come back. We'll be right back folks with the lovely Nicole Kidman.
L: You know a couple of weeks ago Tom Cruise.... ermm.....
N: (wary) yes?
L: ....was on the Oprah Winfrey show hopping up and down on the furniture. Did you happen to see anything about that, or hear anything about that?
N: (nodding her head from side to side) : Dave!
L: He was talking about....he was talking about... who was he talking about?
N: Oh..you're brutal!
L's sidekick Paul: Katie Holmes
L: Katie Holmes...that's right Katie Holmes.
N: That's right.. yes.
L: Did you see any of that? Tom hopping up and down?
N: Was it hopping?
L: It seems like it was hopping...yeah.
N: ...ummm... listen...honestly...if Tom's in love, I'm so happy for him and that's a very good thing..you know. So...
L: Good for you. That's a lovely sentiment.
L: Are you able to date now?
N: (laughs) You always go on about ...
L: ...because I think a lot of people would be scared to go out with you...
N: You said that before!
L: I think it's still probably true.
N: Yes. Probably. I don't go out much.
L: Tell me I'm wrong. You're dating all the time.
N: Well they say I am. I'm actually supposedly pregnant to someone. I'm engaged to someone else.
L: oooh...when do they find out?
N: (laughs) yeah ..I'm a busy girl. I think also I'm having an affair with someone ..so.. phew...plus I have two kids and a job.
L: Now when stuff like that happens, you family knows better don't they?
N: My family just doesn't get .... yeah.. My dad is a bio-chemist and a psychologist. (laughs) And my mum ...
L: What is that laughing about the psychologist? What's that about?
N: I don't know...it just sounded funny..that combination right...
L: It's a good combination.
N: It is actually..so.. they're pretty pragmatic and down to earth and, no, they don't buy into any of it any more. My grandmother is the only one who buys into it.
L: Oh really?! She believes the stuff?
N: yeah. Of course..she's 90. She sits there and reads all the magazines.
L: And she'll call you and ask you?
N: Oh yeah. And I go "Grandmother!" . But she's also very protective. They're a very protective family. My sister's just pregnant with her fourth child, so.. that's a big deal.
N (to audience): Oh that's sweet. Thank you.
L: Can I ask you this....it's none of my business of course...
N: Oh oh.. What now? You've asked everything else..go for it!
L: no.....er....you know you can use that kangaroo joke...
N: (laughing) It didn't work!
L: What do you mean it didn't work?! Why don't you try it in Australia? ...... but the last time you did go out. Say you did go out for an evening, and what was that like..when you go out? I am going to go out and have a drink..what is that like?
N: I actually like martinis.
L: OK...I'm going to go out and have a martini.. how did you go and where did you go? You have to go with thugs right...security thugs?
N: No....! No no no..
L: Really. Do you go out with friends..
N: I have big friends. People don't really bother me.
L: Do they approach you?
N: Not really. I was actually saying this to a girlfriend of mine whose absolutely gorgeous and she was .., like have 8 guys hit on her, and no-one would hit on me. I was a little hurt.
L: See this is what I was talking about. People are a bit... 'oh my God'.
N: They're not..
L: I think so.. Trust me..of course they are.
N: (shaking her head and waving her hands vigorously) oh...whatever!...come on...
L (talking to his sidekick Paul) : I think that is what I was talking about ..."whatever"...
Paul: : "whatever" ...right!
N: It's humiliating. You cannot sit me here and....
L: Right...let's talk about this movie...
N: yes...let's talk about the animals in Australia.
N: The reptiles.
L: Oh...what about the dingo?
N: Yes..the dingo....dingos ..plural.
L: Now this is a very high-profile movie. You of course and Will Ferrell who's tremendously gifted and then the movie is a remake of a very popular TV show and it's been talked about as a film for about 10 or 12 years and they had a bunch of people on and on. And now everyone's thinking can it be anything, and it turns out it's great.
N: Oh that's nice. Thank you.
L: Were you pleased with how it turned out?
N: Yes. It was really great to do something where I got to have fun and..sort of...play with Will. I mean ..that's what it is. We were playing.
L: She means that in the best possible sense of the word.
N: (laughing) Yeah!
L: The movie is about the making of a new TV version of Bewitched...
N:.. I should never do these shows....
L: What's the matter....?
N: I just should never do them! And I'm back here....
L: No..you're fine... You don't want to insult me do you?
N: (puts her hand out to David): Oh no. I'm not insulting you. No no. I just mean I always get myself in hot water.
L: No you're not. You're fine.
L: Remember the last time you said.... never mind..
N: Oh oh..what now?!
L: about you being taller than your ex-husband.
Nicole shakes her head in despair and turns to DL sidekick Paul.
Nicole: Paul. Would you like to ask me any questions? I'm not talking to him any more.
L's sidekick Paul: You're still wearing heels there...
Nicole: Yes I've got Diamante's on my heels
Close-up of Nicole's legs and then her shoes
L: Beautiful. Yes. Very nice.
N: Thank you. (laughs) they just did a close-up of my feet!
L: You're a lovely, lovely, lovely woman. Lovely. Very nice.
N (all embarrassed): Now I'm blushing.
L: Let's look at the clip form the film. What scene are we going to see.
N: OK. Right. We're going to see a clip from Bewitched.
L: This is going to be an enormous film because everyone who saw the TV show is going to be curious to see what the movie will be. Everybody wants to see you..
N: I don't know about that. But did you ever see the TV show?
L: Well yeah!
N: Did you like it?
L: Yes. Did you ?
N: Yes I loved it. I used to watch it every night. To be able to do a little magic..
L: Elizabeth Montgomery. She's beautiful
L: And you had to do that thing with your nose.
L: Can we see a little bit of that.
twitches her nose. There is the Bewitched twitching nose music and Paul disappears from the band as if by magic. Nicole laughs surprised. Paul reappears wearing a Mexican hat, and holding a martini.
L (laughing): I've got to stop doing these shows. Ahhh...anyway.. do you know what it's supposed to be here, this clip?
N: No idea.
L: OK. Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, Bewitched. Take a look.
A clip of scene in cafe where Will asks Nicole if she wants to be on a TV show is shown.
L: You're an actual witch but you get to play the part of the witch on the TV show.
L: And at that point he doesn't know that?
N: He doesn't know I'm a real witch.
L: Bewitched opens June 24th. Well it's great to see you again.
N: Thank you for having me.
L: And thank you much for being here. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Always a pleasure. The lovely Nicole Kidman ladies and Gentlemen.
Nicole and Letterman shake hands. Audience claps.