For the 1993 thriller “Malice,” Sorkin said director Harold Becker asked him to write a steamy scene for Kidman and co-star Alec Baldwin.
Instead, Sorkin turned in “four pages of banter that ended with them falling into bed and we cut to the next day,” the screenwriter told USA Today.
Becker sent him back to the drawing board.
“I hadn’t written that much at the time, I’d only written A Few Good Men. And I said, ‘Boy, exactly what do you mean?’ And he said, ‘Look, it’s easy, just go back to your hotel and write what you’d like to see Nicole Kidman do,” Sorkin said.
“I said, ‘Are you out of your mind?’ First of all, I just did a movie with her husband (Tom Cruise)! And second of all, no, I’m not going to write down what I’d like to see Nicole do and then hand the pages out to the crew and Nicole.”
When Sorkin refused to rewrite the scene, Becker, Baldwin and Kidman worked it out on their own.
“It got done. It’s a terrible scene,” he told USA Today.
Sorkin’s reluctance counters most news out of Hollywood recently, with almost daily accusations of men taking advantage of others.
Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, James Toback, Brett Ratner and Dustin Hoffman are among those who have been accused of sexual misconduct