Nicole Kidman mourns the end of her stay in Northern Ireland after ‘falling in love with the place’

Nicole Kidman claimed she ‘loved’ the brutal weather of Mornes’ action movie epic The Northman.

he said the “extreme” conditions helped her portray her role as Norse queen Gudrún in the Viking drama.

Nicole (54) explained: “It was extremely cold, extremely muddy, very Viking. And I loved it.

“I arrived on the mountain and I said to myself: ‘Rrrrraaah! I thought I was going to be carried away by the wind, but I said to myself: ‘Rrrrraaah!’ It felt good.

The Northman is director Robert Eggers’ latest film and follows Alexander Skarsgård’s Prince Amleth as he seeks revenge for his murdered father.

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Alexander Skarsgard in The Northman

Alexander Skarsgard in The Northman

Nicole told the Just For Variety podcast: “It was nice to be invited into his world for sure because he creates a very specific world and he’s masterful, he really is.

“And also going to work with all these exciting actors…I mean, Bjork is into it!” Are you talking about a risk taker? Come on, right? It’s Rob.

“There are fantastic actors in this play who are discoveries, not for their country in particular, but for the world and it’s exciting to watch. And it has a very special vibe to it, this movie.

When Nicole wrapped filming the blockbuster in December 2020 alongside Willem Dafoe and Ethan Hawke, she marked the end of her time by sharing a series of treasured photos she took in Northern Ireland.

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Nicole Kidman took this photo from the top of the Mournes

Nicole Kidman took this photo from the top of the Mournes

Among the snaps she posted to Instagram were a photo of a festive Belfast Town Hall, a surprised ram in the countryside and a panoramic video taken from a mountain top.

She also said she wanted to return after enjoying such a warm visit doing production on either side of the lockdown.

Nicole said: “Some of my favorite photos from filming The Northman in Belfast.

“Thank you to everyone who welcomed me so warmly to your beautiful city. I’ll be back.”

Among the locations used for filming was a purpose-built set in the Sallagh Braes between Feystown and Cairncastle, Co Antrim – the same area was used for Game of Thrones.

But filmmaker Eggers told the new issue of Total Film magazine that he was working in the Mournes in Co Down, which brought particularly ‘difficult’ – but necessary – conditions.

He said: “I was completely terrified, but it’s a great privilege to be able to do something like this. It was exciting.

“I mean, you’re shooting a Viking story, so you have to use harsh northern European landscapes that have drama and awe and scale. It’s hard to work in those conditions. But we we are quite used to it.

“When we were doing camera tests, we were in the Morne Mountains and the rain was falling sideways, and Jarin (Blaschke), my cinematographer, said, ‘Why is your face always looking at me a time like this?”

“The studio let me use all of my heads of departments from my last two films, and I got to work with the best Viking historians in the world, which was amazing.

“The amount of discipline Alex put into this role is insane. He transformed his body more wildly than he did in Tarzan.

The Northman also stars The Queen’s Gambit actress Anya Taylor-Joy and Icelandic pop star Björk.

Eggers added: “Anya is an excellent actress and an incredibly professional and hardworking person.

“She never complained…unlike some of the gigantic Viking men.”

“Nicole was incredibly inspiring to work with. It was one of the most rewarding things I did on film, sharing a really intense and powerful performance.

“And then Björk is Björk. What can I say ? It’s hard to find anyone who can inhabit something as supernatural as easily as Björk.

The Northman hits theaters on April 22.

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