Being the Ricardos: Sorkin’s Fact-Based Biopic

Writer-director Aaron Sorkin also uses a tight time frame for “Being the Ricardos.”

Sorkin’s latest unfurls over a week of production of the famed sitcom “I Love Lucy” with Nicole Kidman cast as Lucille Ball opposite Javier Bardem’s Desi Arnaz.

Sorkin stretches the plot from table reading to cameras rolling, depicting past incidents, while compressing their timing and sequence.

“I took three events from Lucy and Desi’s life — the accusation of Lucy being a communist, Lucy’s pregnancy and Desi showing up on the cover of a tabloid magazine with another woman — and I had them happen during one production week of ‘I Love Lucy,’” Sorkin says.

“‘Being the Ricardos’ isn’t a biopic,” says Sorkin, bristling at the term that dates to the 1940s and joins biography and picture. “I wasn’t trying to dramatize Lucy and Desi’s greatest hits. I was telling a specific story and I used moments from their lives that helped tell it. … If you take your protagonists and put obstacles in front of them and pressure on them, you can create drama that reveals interesting things about the characters.”