Date: 13th May 2001
NICOLE KIDMAN's new movie is totally authentic, but movie bosses have drawn the line at asking the star to perform the can-can in split-crotch knickers.
MOULIN ROUGE (2001) is set in 1890s Paris and features the estranged MRS CRUISE a range of revealing outfits, as close as possible as those worn by the performers of the day.
In researching the clothes, producers discovered that CAN-CAN dancers wore specially slit knickers to reveal everything as they high kicked. "Asking Nicole to wear such authentic knickers never arose," says a film aide. "She's a serious actress and it may have demeaned her image. " (KAB/WNSSP/PDD)