Aaron Sorkin made his career showing audiences what goes on behind the scenes at places like the White House, television news networks, and creating the world’s largest social media platform. With Be the Ricardos, his latest work, the master screenwriter and budding director gives a brief glimpse into the making of the popular sitcom I love lucy and its main actors in a single but hectic week.
With A-listeners like Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, that’s the Be the Ricardos Cast is one of those collections of actors who get more and more interesting the further down the list you go. In case some of the faces and names sound unfamiliar to you, we’ve put together a brief but comprehensive rundown of the cast and where you’ve seen them before.
Nicole Kidman (Lucille Ball)
Take on the role of TV legend Lucille Ball in Be the Ricardos is Nicole Kidman, who has won an Oscar, two Primetime Emmy Awards and an impressive five Golden Globes during her successful film and television career.
Over the years, Nicole Kidman has made appearances in all of audiences Red mill! to Big little lies and Cold mountain to The downfall, with dozen of memorable appearances before and after. And with upcoming films like The Norwegian and shows included Foreign, expect to see a lot more of Kidman in the near future.
Javier Bardem (Desi Arnaz)
Portrait of Lucille Ball’s real-life husband and co-star Desi Arnaz in Be the Ricardos is Javier Bardem, an actor who has built a tremendous resume over the past two decades, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his terrifying performance in No country for old men.
Though already a household name before portraying Anton Chigurh in the Coen brothers’ 2007 neo noir classic, Javier Bardem became a huge star in the years following its release. With iconic appearances in Skyfall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and last to yesterday, Bardem has grown to be one of Hollywood’s finest actors.
JK Simmons (William Frawley)
What would a movie focus on? I love lucy be one of the main stars of the series without a portrayal? Fortunately, we don’t have the problem there Be the Ricardos JK sees Simmons slip into the role of William Frawley, the man behind Lucy and Ricky’s neighbor Fred Mertz.
Throughout his career, JK Simmons has appeared in both the DC and Marvel Cinematic Universes, playing two of the most iconic comic book characters, starring James Gordon and J. Jonah Jameson (including the recently released Spider-Man: No way home). Outside of the realm of superhero films, Simmons has also worked in captivating dramas such as Whiplash, for which he won an Oscar and a Golden Globe, as well as groundbreaking television dramas such as Ounce.
Nina Arianda (Vivian Vance)
Take on the role of Vivian Vance, played by Ethel Mertz I love lucy, is Nina Arianda. Before joining the Be the Ricardos Cast, the Tony Award-winning actress has built a fine collection of roles in film, television, and on stage.
Over the years, Nina Arianda has had impressive screenings in Midnight in Paris, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Richard Jeweller, Appearing on small screens in shows like Goliath, Billions, and Hannibal, and Broadway shows that included Venus in fur and Born yesterday.
Tony Hale (Jess Oppenheimer)
There so much of Be the Ricardos focuses on the behind-the-scenes drama of I love lucy, it only makes sense that some of the key players have prominent roles in Be the Ricardos. Enter Tony Hale, who portrays sitcom showrunner Jess Oppenheimer.
Whether with modern classic TV programs like Arrested development or Veepthat earned him two Golden Globes, or in films like The informant! and Toy story 4, Tony Hale has been almost everywhere for the past few decades. And with the one to come Hokuspokus 2, it looks like it will stay that way for quite a while.
John Rubinstein (Jess Oppenheimer)
Be the Ricardos features modern interviews with older versions of some of the key creatives behind them I love lucyincluding one with an older Jess Oppenheimer, played by John Rubinstein.
As the son of influential pianist Arthur Rubinstein, John Rubinstein has alternated between acting, directing and musical composition during his more than 50-year career, including Broadway musicals such as Pippin and Love letters, Film productions like 21 grams and Red Dragon, and a list of shows, everything from soap operas to Young Sheldon.
Alias Shawkat (Madelyn Pugh)
Taking on the role of I love lucy Writer Madelyn Pugh in Be the Ricardos is Alia Shawkat, who starred as promising young actress in the early 2000s State of grace and Arrested development.
Over the years, Alia Shawkat has continued to enjoy appearances in front of the camera The last girls, 20th century women, and Blaze. Shawkat currently plays Dory Sief on the TBS / HBO Max original series Search team.
Linda Lavin (Madelyn Pugh)
Take on the role of an older Madelyn Pugh in Be the Ricardos is Tony Award and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin, who brings decades of experience in film, television and Broadway.
Probably best known for directing the hit television series Alice From 1976 to 1985, Linda Lavin was in shows like Die Muppet-Show, The good wife, Santa Clarita Diet, and last B positive. Your film work includes The Muppets conquer Manhattan, The backup plan, and The intern. Lavins stage works include A family affair, Broadway bound, and Die Lyons, to name just a few.
Jake Lacy (Bob Carroll Jr.)
Jake Lacy continues his formidable run with a portrayal of Bob Carroll Jr., one of the I love lucy Writer in the heart of Be the Ricardos.
Over the past decade, Jake Lacy has gone from being a late addition to The office Cast for one of the most popular comedic actors in film and television with roles in Obvious child, girl, ode to Joy, and Hi-Fi. Lacy did a great job as the idiot Shane Patton too The white lotus in 2021.
Ronny Cox (Bob Carroll Jr.)
Take on the role of older Bob Carroll Jr. in Be the Ricardos is Ronny Cox, who has worn many hats in his 50-year career.
Perhaps best remembered for his portrayal of Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil in Beverly Hills Polizist, Ronny Cox has also starred in films like RoboCop, liberation, and Entire recall. His television work includes everything from Gold mine to Dexter and Star Trek: The Next Generation to Nashville.
Clark Gregg (Howard Wenke)
Is rounded off Be the Ricardos The star is Clark Gregg, who portrays CBS manager Howard Wenke.
Throughout his career, which dates back to the late 1980s, Clark Gregg has appeared in everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to modern day adaptations of Williams Shakespeare’s plays and dozens of films and shows in between.
And don’t forget that you can see all of these names and more as you watch Be the Ricardos Stream on Amazon Prime. Oh, and now is the perfect time to check out the remaining 2021 films before it’s too late.