Kidman turns tramp in offbeat film

BOUNCING back from a string of disappointing films, Nicole Kidman credits her natural instincts - and a willingness to pile on the kilos - for her return to form in The Paperboy.

The 44-year-old actress - who stars opposite John Cusack, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey, as a trailer-trash bombshell trying to extricate herself from an erratic convicted felon - also admits to being puzzled by talk of a comeback.

In a career that has seen all-time highs (an Oscar win, for The Hours) and, last year, an almighty low, with her film Trespass going straight to DVD, strategy did not, she insists, play any part in her taking on the offbeat noir melodrama.

"I don't think in terms of my career," she told The Sun-Herald in Cannes last week, prior to the film's world premiere at the festival.

"I don't have a premeditated [agenda], that's just not my nature in life. Both husbands that I've been married to [ex, Tom Cruise, and current, Keith Urban] I married within three, four months. That's just who I am. I choose roles that way, too."

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