Embarrassed: Nicole Kidman 'squirmed' as she watched her performance in Australia
It was expected to be the blockbuster that saved Australia's tourist industry - because with 'local star' Nicole Kidman in the key role, where could it go wrong?
But in her eyes, her role in the £50 million movie Australia was a flop.
She admits in an astonishing interview with a Sydney radio station that she couldn't bear to watch it when she attended the premiere in the harbour city in November.
Miss Kidman, who plays an English aristocrat who falls for a cowboy played by fellow Australian Hugh Jackman as they drive a herd of cattle across the outback, told radio station 2dayFM that she couldn't look at the movie and be proud of what she had done.
In fact, she revealed, she 'squirmed' in her seat throughout the Sydney premiere.
Miss Kidman, who attended the premiere with country singer husband Keith Urban, said: 'I can't look at this movie and be proud of what I've done.
'I sat there and I looked at Keith and went "Am I any good in this movie?"
'But I thought Brandon Walters (an 11-year-old Aboriginal boy) and Hugh Jackman were wonderful.
'It's just impossible for me to connect to it emotionally at all.'
Steamy moment: Kidman in a passionate scene with co-star Hugh Jackman
She said she was so nervous about her performance that she fled Australia as soon as the premiere was over with her husband and their five-month-old daughter Sunday Rose.
'We ran because I didn't want to read anything. I didn't want to know.
'I saw my sister and my family and we saw Keith's family and then we were straight on a plane.'
Blockbuster: Kidman and Jackman in the £50million movie Australia
She said she had only attended the premiere to please director Baz Luhrmann, with whom she made 'Moulin Rouge'.
'I don't usually see my films, but because of Baz I had to see it. I saw "Moulin Rouge".
'I've really only seen that and this in my whole career.
Child star: Kidman said 11-year-old Aboriginal boy Brandon Walters was 'wonderful' in the film
'It gets worse as I get older.'
The film opened poorly in the US and reviewers described her performance as brittle, frozen and vapid.
Miss Kidman has already hinted that she might slow down her movie
career and perhaps have another baby.
Baby plans: Nicole and husband Keith Urban have hinted they may want another child