Nicole Kidman landed her role in 'Paperboy' after sending ''provocative'' text messages to director Lee Daniels.
The director was reluctant to cast such a big-name actress in the low-budget movie - which sees Zac Efron and Matthew Mcconaughey play Two Brothers investigating the case of a death row inmate played by John Cusack - so Nicole went to extreme lengths to get him to agree to cast her as a sex-crazed woman obsessed with marrying a convicted killer.
She explained: ''Lee said, 'Look, we've got no money, you're going to have to do your own hair and make-up.
''So I actually went into my bathroom and I got out the fake tan and put on fake eyelashes and got a hairpiece thing that was platinum, threw it all on and texted a photo to Lee in all these different provocative positions. That's how it came together.
''What he sent back I can't say, but it was a thumbs up.''
Zac also enjoyed appearing in the movie because he was ''in love'' with his co-star.
Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival at a press conference for the film, he said: ''I have been in love with her for a long time, since 'Moulin Rouge!'. It was the best opportunity in the world for me, and I loved every moment.''
And Lee was pleased with his cast - particularly a scene where Zac is out in The Rain in just his underwear.
The director joked: ''He's a good-looking guy. And I'm gay. What do you want?''
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