While in Rome filming a series of commercials for Sky TV Italia, Nicole Kidman was barred from filming her scene as angry residents stopped filming before cameras rolled because they wanted more money.
The commercial was to portray Nicole as a resident of their building, 41 Via Vespucci in the Testaccio neighborhood of Rome. Disguised as an Italian housewife, she tells an Italian boy to “never stop dreaming” – the tagline of the pay-tv company.
When residents (280 of them) discovered it was bella Nicole gracing their building, they angrily stormed down into the courtyard where the crew was peacefully about to begin – and said that the paltry ?6,000 fee agreed by the building manager was like ” a plate of lentils”.
They then hotly argued that their compensation for the 5 days shooting should be increased, and in the end won the settlement to the tune of ?25,000.
Throughout the Fellini-esque meyhem, eyewitnesses say that the ethereal Nicole lay ensconced in her trailer apparently unaffected by the noisy goings-on – only to glide out after the dispute, glowingly greeting the financially-savvy residents in effortless Italian.