by Hiko Mitsuzuka @TheFirstEcho

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It’s hard to imagine that Baz Luhrmann’s groundbreaking musical, Moulin Rouge, opened in theaters 16 years ago.

The film’s stars, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, recently reunited for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” series to chat about their Emmy award-worthy roles in HBO’s Big Little Lies and FX’s Fargo, respectively. (After all, it is For Your Consideration season here in Hollywood.) But halfway through their fascinating one-on-one conversation, the topic turned to the 2001 musical as they started to reminisce about the year-long process it took to perfect the visually stunning Oscar-nominated movie.

Apparently there was some “great food” and “great parties” during “some wild nights” on set. (Kidman even remembers her first experience with absinthe.)

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About The Author

Hiko Mitsuzuka
Entertainment Editor-at-Large

Hiko Mitsuzuka is a self-proclaimed pop culture connoisseur who resides in L.A. and obsesses over songs months before everyone else obsesses over them. He has worked in TV and commercial production ever since he left his native New York in the early aughts. He has worked at the world-renowned Anonymous Content and Carsey-Werner and freelanced as a treatment writer for award-winning directors as well as a contributing writer for 'Instinct.' In addition to writing about entertainment and travel for 'Bello,' Hiko inhabits the role of Manager of Creative Planning at Stun Creative (PromaxBDA's North America Agency of the Year, 2013 & 2014). He's also currently working on the novel 'Slasher Movie Girl.' His obsessions include quoting old sitcom dialogue and stalking people on Instagram. His weaknesses include chocolate chip cookies and movie theater popcorn. Tweet him @TheFirstEcho.

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