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Kidman prepares for UN movie role
Nicole Kidman
Kidman plays a Kenyan-born UN translator in The Interpreter
Actress Nicole Kidman has prepared for her next film role in an interpreter's booth at the United Nations.

The Oscar winner attended a Security Council meeting on Iraq to watch translators in action - and slipped out unseen from the UN's New York building.

Hollywood has been given permission for the first time to film inside the UN headquarters for The Interpreter.

Director Sydney Pollack asked the UN's secretary general Kofi Annan last month, who has agreed to the shoot.

Kidman and co-star Sean Penn begin shooting The Interpreter in March. The film is scheduled to be released in the US in November.

Kidman plays a Kenyan-born UN translator whose life is put in danger after she overhears a conversation concerning the assassination of an African leader.


The actress arrived and left the interpreter's booth above the council chamber without being noticed by reporters or photographers.

A UN spokesman later confirmed she had spent a morning "doing work with interpreters as part of her preparation".

The outside of the United Nations has appeared in numerous movies, but previous attempts to film inside have been rebuffed.

The organisation turned down Alfred Hitchcock's request to film part of his 1959 film North by Northwest in the UN building.

An earlier Kidman film, 1997's The Peacemaker, could only film in the avenue outside the building.

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