Russell Crowe denies terrible ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ audition
I did not audition for this movie. “
Back in February, Vulture published an excerpt from Scott Meslow’s book From Hollywood With Love: The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again) of the Romantic Comedy, in which My Best Friend’s Wedding director P.J. Hogan claimed Crowe gave him “one of my worst table reads” for the movie. Now, more than eight months later, the Gladiator star would like to set the record straight.
” Pure imagination for this director. Crowe tweeted Friday that he did not audition for the film. Crowe tweeted Friday, “I have never done table readings with the actress mentioned. It would be funny if it weren’t so pointless. “
In the excerpt, Hogan said that Crowe was his “first choice” to star opposite Julia Roberts as her best friend and love interest Michael O’Neal in the 1997 romantic comedy after his wife, screenwriter and director Jocelyn Moorhouse, worked with Crowe on the 1991 film Proof. Hogan said that Roberts had the final casting approval for her costar. So Hogan invited Crowe along to a table to read with the actress who allegedly went off-the-rails very quickly.
“I don’t know why it went wrong,” he said. “It was one the worst table reads that I’ve ever seen. Russell sat opposite Julia. He gripped the script and stared at it. Julia was not even a glance away. ” To make matters worse, Hogan claimed Crowe continued to read “everyline in a monotone” while actively avoiding Roberts’ gaze.
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Julia Roberts in ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’; Russell Crowe
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“At one point, Julia was literally leaning over the table, staring, like, inches from Russell’s face, trying to make eye contact. He said that he didn’t look at Julia. “Russell came up to me at the end of the reading and said, I thought that went pretty good.’ And then I knew: Russell was not going to be in My Best Friend’s Wedding. “
Representatives of Hogan and Roberts didn’t immediately respond to EW’s requests for comment.
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