|Kidman at the party
United Nations, April 27 (Reuters): Movie star Nicole Kidman dazzled the world’s top diplomats when she took time out from making the first commercial film at the UN headquarters to mingle with ambassadors and UN officials.
Facing a crush of about 500 guests, Kidman, an Australian, and director Sydney Pollack, a New Yorker, were feted at a cocktail party last night in the UN General Assembly lobby hosted by Australia’s UN ambassador John Dauth and its New York consul-general, Kenneth Allen.
The reclusive Sean Penn, co-star of the film The Interpreter, stayed away from the reception, presumably because the press was invited, UN sources said.
The movie is the first permitted on UN premises after Secretary-General Kofi Annan was persuaded it would be seen by millions of people the organisation could otherwise never reach and it would not conflict with UN values.
Oscar-winner Kidman said making a movie at the UN was not that much different from other sets, but the experience was rewarding, although being restricted to filming on weekends was somewhat unique.
Kidman plays a UN interpreter from a fictitious African nation who overhears an assassination plot against her troubled country’s leader and becomes a target herself.
Penn plays a secret service agent mistrustful of her claims.
“It is a wonderful script, wonderful characters, believe me,” Kidman said after the ceremony.
“It’s an alternative to violence,” said Pollack, whose 200-member crew floods UN headquarters each weekend. “I hope it is going to justify your trust in giving us this place,” he told the ambassadors.
The movie is due to open in November.