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Moulin Rouge turns 20 and Nicole Kidman shares her ‘favorite memories’

Moulin Rouge turns 20 years old this week and its star Nicole Kidman, 53, took some time to reminisce about the over-the-top musical from director Baz Luhrmann. 

‘Some of my favorite memories from #MoulinRouge!’ she captioned the photos before adding one of her top lines from the movie: ‘The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return ❤️.’

In the snaps shared by Nicole she is seen several times with co-star Ewan McGregor. 

The film made her a superstar: Moulin Rouge turns 20 years old this week and its star Nicole Kidman, 53, took some time to reminisce about the musical from Baz Luhrmann

Stunner: Kidman was a sensation as she sang and danced while playing the desirable Satin

Stunner: Kidman was a sensation as she sang and danced while playing the desirable Satin

She ended with: ’20th anniversary is tomorrow!’ 

Kidman was a sensation as she sang and danced while playing the desirable Satine. And the beauty from Australia looked sensational in all the images with her long strawberry hair worn down and her costumes dazzling.

McGregor was in the role of Christian; Heather Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal were also up for the part. 

The film debuted in 2001 at the Cannes Film Festival just after Nicole split from Tom Cruise.

The movie was a critical hit Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress for Kidman’s role.

They had real chemistry: McGregor was in the role of Christian; Heather Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal were also up for the part

They had real chemistry: McGregor was in the role of Christian; Heather Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal were also up for the part

A showstopper: And the beauty from Australia looked sensational in all the images with her long strawberry hair worn down and her costumes dazzling.

A showstopper: And the beauty from Australia looked sensational in all the images with her long strawberry hair worn down and her costumes dazzling.

The synopsis: ‘A young Englishman in the Paris of 1899, becomes infatuated with Satine, a singer at the Moulin Rouge. However, she has been promised by the manager to a Duke in return for funding his next production. As the young lovers meet in secret, Satine’s wedding day draws closer but she hides a fatal secret from both Christian and the Duke.’

The film also starred Jim Broadbent as Harold Zidler, Richard Roxburgh as The Duke of Monroth, John Leguizamo as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jacek Koman as The Unconscious Argentinean[a], Caroline O’Connor as Nini, Kerry Walker as Marie, Lara Mulcahy as Môme Fromage and Garry McDonald as The Doctor. 

This comes after Nicole’s husband Keith Urban said he wanted to spend lockdown eating chips in his ‘comfy pants’.

Young lovers: The synopsis: 'A young Englishman in the Paris of 1899, becomes infatuated with Satine, a singer at the Moulin Rouge. However, she has been promised by the manager to a Duke in return for funding his next production. As the young lovers meet in secret, Satine's wedding day draws closer but she hides a fatal secret from both Christian and the Duke'

Young lovers: The synopsis: ‘A young Englishman in the Paris of 1899, becomes infatuated with Satine, a singer at the Moulin Rouge. However, she has been promised by the manager to a Duke in return for funding his next production. As the young lovers meet in secret, Satine’s wedding day draws closer but she hides a fatal secret from both Christian and the Duke’

A dark side: Poor Satine had health issues that kept her from running away with Christian

A dark side: Poor Satine had health issues that kept her from running away with Christian

The 53-year-old singer – who has daughters Sunday, 12 and Faith, 10, with wife Kidman – initially felt a bit ‘frozen’ and thought he could just take a break from work for a while until the coronavirus pandemic ‘blew over’ but quickly realized it was going to be a ‘big thing’ and he needed to ‘rethink’ all his plans.

Speaking to Baylen Leonard as the first guest on Absolute Radio Country – which was previously known as Country Hits Radio – he said: ‘At the beginning of the whole lockdown I was a bit frozen honestly…

‘I was working on my album The Speed of Now and it’s like you know when the power goes off, and you’re like how long is this going to be like this?

They sizzled together: Nicole and Ewan were the lovebirds of the movie that were perfectly matched; at the time of filming she was wed to Tom Cruise

They sizzled together: Nicole and Ewan were the lovebirds of the movie that were perfectly matched; at the time of filming she was wed to Tom Cruise

Always young looking: Kidman still looks youthful seen in 2019

Ewan is seen here in May as he talks Star Wars

Now: Kidman still looks youthful, left in 2019, as does Ewan, right in May

‘My plan was I was just going to put my comfy pants on and sit on the couch and eat chips until the whole thing blew over, that was my plan.

‘Suddenly I went, ‘This is a big thing and it’s going to take a while’. I had to figure out how to get on track again, just pivot and rethink everything and become adaptable to this new environment.’

Keith was determined the pandemic wouldn’t feature heavily in his new music.

Discussing his new track Out the Cage ft. Breland and Nile Rodgers, he said: ‘It was predicated on my love of those 90s Fatboy Slim records, and The Prodigy and some of that intense rhythmic energy.

True love: Nicole is now wed to Keith Urban; seen here in 2008 in Melbourne

True love: Nicole is now wed to Keith Urban; seen here in 2008 in Melbourne

‘I wanted to try and write something that was built on that rhythmic bed. I brought the idea to a friend of mine, Breland who ended up singing on the song as well. He’s great, we’re working on another song right now, one of his songs I’m guesting on…

‘I said to him this can’t just be about lockdown, I don’t just wanna hear about that. I don’t wanna hear about that next year that’s for sure. But I do want a song to help me out of whatever I’m stuck in. Whether that’s a c*** job or a relationship that’s going nowhere, or my own negativity. Just anything and any one situation that I wanted to break out of.’

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