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Russell Crowe to Replace Brad Pitt

Russell Crowe to Replace Brad Pitt

Universal Pictures is trying to replace Brad Pitt in State of Play with American Gangster star Russell Crowe, according to Variety.

Just this past Wednesday, it was announced that Brad dropped out of the film because of disagreements about the shooting script.

We’ll find out early this week if Russell will take on the political thriller and/or if Universal will follow-through with a lawsuit against Brad for bailing.

Nov. 29 is the last possible date Universal has before they start to lose the other actors in the film (Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Robin Wright Penn).

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  • sasha

    I AM FIRST…..
    IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK WELL WITH RUSS THE DRUNK AND HITTING PEOPLE WITH TELEPHONE.

    THEY BETTER TRY TO GET BRAD BACK OR THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO SINK IN THE BOX OFFICE NEXT YEAR.

  • jelesa

    1ST!!! idk i lyk brad pitt much better

  • whateva

    Crowe is a fine actor, but I guess he didn’t have a problem with the script. Pitt tends to pick great projects. Hope Crowe doesn’t come to regret it…..

  • http://www.7gfb.com Eva

    WHAT?????????? this can’t be real, I am dreaming. Rusel Crowe can never be compared to Brad, nor the talent, not the look….. please don’t let this happen, I miss seeing Brad in a really good movie. I Love Brad!!! and Angelina. Talking about Angelina, there are some photos of her http://www.7gfb.com/?p=744 grabing bananas from a box … and playing with them (I am joking about playing). Eva http://www.7gfb.com

  • Shimmeringdew

    Russ has anger issues indeed but it doesn’t take away from his ability to act well. Brad would sell a lot more yes.
    I just dont think the movie will be as strong without Brad.

  • Judy Judy

    I

  • would you want to work with crowe?

    He garnered a professional reputation for being a creative bully nearly impossible to work with unless you were Ron Howard.

    In 2002 he got into a physical altercation with BAFTA producer Malcolm Gerrie after his tribute to Richard Harris was cut for broadcast.

    During the filming of A Beautiful Mind he made an obscene gesture to a Princeton photographer.

    In 1999 he was involved in a saloon brawl in his homeland of Australia.

    And in his career peak, in June of 2005 he was arrested and charged with second-degree assault for throwing a telephone at a hotel employee who refused to help him place a call. The civil lawsuit was settled for $100,000 and Crowe’s new critic had to be treated for a facial laceration.

  • briseis

    Good morning, BAMPZS fans!

    Jared, thanks for the new thread. I completely missed out on the old threads because of the holidays, but am just now catching up.

    Russell Crowe? I know he is an excellent actor (with anger management issues) who quite possibly could do well in this role, but if Brad had issues with the script, why would another A-lister just accept the role? It’s not like Russell is hurting for movie roles.

    Hi there, Judy Judy! How was your thanksgiving? Yes, dear, if you are lurking, hugs and kisses to my sweet friend. Was out of the JustJared loop for a few days, but now that I am reading back on the old threads, I just realized I didn’t miss anything. JustJared is still inhabited by trolls who cream at the thought of a “break-up” and spin their fantasy stories, expecting us to believe them. Yawn!!!

  • Judy Judy

    Sorry, hit send before I was finished. Or even started for that fact. Hi to Guli, MF, Sherri, AddictedtoBAMPZS, Briseis, hahahaha, and whomever else I may be forgetting. It has been more difficult that I thought to get back in the swing of things after my friends sudden death. Have spent MANY an afternoon in my robe. But I know my kids need me, so I am slowly joining the land of the living again. Have been lurking for a while, but I am hoping to able to join some conversations again. I must say, JJ has a great group of intelligent and kind women and I have missed you all. Look forward to chatting with you all today. Will be in and out.

  • Jill

    Crowe can act; he was great in “L.A. Confidential”, but there’s no way north of Hell I’d ever work with him. Too many anger management issues.

  • groovy

    Brad was right to leave if the script Sux.

    This movie will tank without Mr. Pitt.

  • Alexanderina

    Thanks Jared for the new thread, I really can’t see RC in this role but I guess we have to wait and see if it takes it

  • briseis

    Oh, Judy Judy, I just read your post after mine … I am so sorry about your friend. You have my condolences.

    Gotta go to my income tax classes in a few minutes, but will be back this afternoon. Hope you will still be here.

  • tricia

    Russell is a very talented actor and he seems to have come to terms with his anger problems.

  • lucia

    I didn’t want to see my Braddy slobbering all over Robin Wright Penn anyway…

    Please, please let a Brad and Angie sex tape surface somewhere, somehow…

  • Judy Judy

    Briseis:
    I will be lurking on and off today. But I will look for your posts and we can catch up! Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!Missed you guys- and I get you. The haters are still here making asses of themselves. Some things will never change.

  • Tracy

    OMG. Why does this have to be a Pitt vs. Crowe issue? Lighten up. Actors ditch projects all the time and others pick them up. It’s not necessary to tear either of them down. They’re both good actors. Although, honestly, I can’t imagine Crowe picking it up if there really are script problems.

  • groundcontrol

    This is a lot more complicated than just replacing an actor. Pitt’s action is very supportive of the striking writers. Any actor who takes Pitt’s place at this point while the strike is still on will be seen as a strike breaker or at the least not caring about the writers.

    Crowe has enough problems in Hollywood. He doesn’t need to be regarded as a scab. Good luck to him ever again getting any Oscar votes from the writers’ branch of AMPAS (almost 400 votes).

    Crowe is also pretty well known for also demanding changes in scripts and insisting on being a part of the directing decisions. The problem is that while the strike is on there can be no changes in the scripts can be made. When these movies come out and there is any variation from the set shooting script, the studios will have violated the union contract.

    The only way I can see Crowe taking this now is if he is still desperate to get work. He may be this desperate. He has had a really hard time getting back into the good graces of Hollywood and now when it looks like he is earning his way back with some recent good work, this wouldn’t be the smartest move.

    I love how these studios care about nothing but money. I also love how Jared is buying the BS that the studios are spinning on this movie. Jared, come on, man, don’t let yourself be part of the studio spin. You’re better than that.

  • http://yahoo Yes

    England/UK Fans

    Tuesday: 2007 Film with Jonathan Ross, interview with Brad on BBC 2 or 1 :D

    Thursday: BRAD PITT DAY, see Brad’s movies all day on FilmFour :)

  • http://yahoo Yes

    England/UK Fans

    Tuesday: 2007 Film with Jonathan Ross, interview with Brad on BBC 2 or 1 @ 11pm :D

    Thursday: BRAD PITT DAY, see Brad’s movies all day on FilmFour :)

  • think positive!

    I think RC is a very good actor. I really liked him in ‘Beautiful mind’. I’ve heard that he is not very tolerating and that he is not the greatest person to work with but that’s something UP has to deal with if he takes the part.

    Brad had a script approval contract and he never violated anything. UP just couldn’t wait for the strike to end.

    Brad is out of this mess that wouldn’t have been created if UP waited a bit longer so the script will be rewritten to what it was at first.

    If they want to rush and shoot a movie with a problematic script then they’ll have to deal with what comes along.

    Thanks Jared for the new thread.

  • http://yahoo Yes

    briseis

    Hiya! :)

  • Orange Clockwork

    Eva, are you serious? Pitt is a terrible actor.

  • I hope is true

    I hope russell takes the part. That way universal has no reason to sue brad just because he stood up for what he believed to be a bad script.

  • CHUCK

    Crowe is a much better actor than Brad no one will argue that State of Play will me so much better with him people calling him a bully an saying he has anger management issues because they cant say anything bad about his acting ability stop hating on crowe he better than brad let him live

  • please

    LET THE STUDIO SETTLE THIS WITHOUT EVERYONE HEARING EVERY DETAIL OF THE PROCESS. MR. PITT IS NOT THE FIRST ACTOR TO DROP OUT OF A PROJECT AND WE DO NOT GET TO HEAR ANYTHING WHEN IT HAPPENS TO OTHER ACTORS EXCEPT THE FINAL OUTCOME. GIVE THE PITTS A BREAK, MEDIA.

  • Credit to 1270 alison p : 11/26/2007 at 2:03 am

    Interesting editorial. Here are just parts of it.

    “This is more than just a “Brad Pitt drops out of movie” story. In fact, this has a lot to do with the writers strike and while it may seem like a **** move on Pitt’s part, it is in actuality a smart move and a move that the majority of A-list actors that can afford to drop films should do.”

    ~

    Already things aren’t looking good, but the “NY Times” comes next with the sentence that describes what is wrong in Hollywood:

    The project was delayed while the studio tried to cajole Mr. Pitt into proceeding with some version of the script.
    “Some” version of the script? Does anyone involved with this production over at Universal realize there is a writers strike? If they do realize this do they realize that nothing can be changed now that the strike is in place and until it ends?
    I can only assume Pitt realized there were problems with the script and wasn’t willing to shoot something that was already set in stone. I am already anxiously awaiting when all these strike films hit theaters and the writers scream that they changed the shooting script. It isn’t going to be a pretty picture.

    I can only assume, even though Hollywood trade rags aren’t openly saying it, that most of Hollywood knows the real reason Pitt pulled out of the production and if they do and if my speculation is even remotely correct I don’t see Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp or Tom Hanks jumping aboard a ship that still needs work to be righted.

    http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/news.php?id=7902

  • wondering

    I love brad pitt if he doesn’t want it.i don’t see nothing wrong with crowe.

  • please

    MEDIA THRIVES ON CONTROVERSY.

  • think positive!

    26 please : 11/26/2007 at 10:29 am

    LET THE STUDIO SETTLE THIS WITHOUT EVERYONE HEARING EVERY DETAIL OF THE PROCESS. MR. PITT IS NOT THE FIRST ACTOR TO DROP OUT OF A PROJECT AND WE DO NOT GET TO HEAR ANYTHING WHEN IT HAPPENS TO OTHER ACTORS EXCEPT THE FINAL OUTCOME. GIVE THE PITTS A BREAK, MEDIA.
    ———————————————————————
    That’s so true. GC backed out of a project a couple of weeks ago because of the same reasons and nobody cared or critisized him for it.

    Now put Brad or Angie in any situation and it gets blown up all over the place.

  • molly

    18 groundcontrol : 11/26/2007 at 10:25 am
    This is a lot more complicated than just replacing an actor. Pitt’s action is very supportive of the striking writers. Any actor who takes Pitt’s place at this point while the strike is still on will be seen as a strike breaker or at the least not caring about the writers.

    Crowe has enough problems in Hollywood. He doesn’t need to be regarded as a scab. Good luck to him ever again getting any Oscar votes from the writers’ branch of AMPAS (almost 400 votes).

    Crowe is also pretty well known for also demanding changes in scripts and insisting on being a part of the directing decisions. The problem is that while the strike is on there can be no changes in the scripts can be made. When these movies come out and there is any variation from the set shooting script, the studios will have violated the union contract.

    The only way I can see Crowe taking this now is if he is still desperate to get work. He may be this desperate. He has had a really hard time getting back into the good graces of Hollywood and now when it looks like he is earning his way back with some recent good work, this wouldn’t be the smartest move.

    I love how these studios care about nothing but money. I also love how Jared is buying the BS that the studios are spinning on this movie. Jared, come on, man, don’t let yourself be part of the studio spin. You’re better than that.

    _____________________________

    CP, you are making the most sense so far. Good post!

  • http://yahoo Yes

    Let hope he takes it!

  • http://yahoo Yes

    lets hope he takes it!

  • CHUCK

    Noone here has read the script so how can people say its bad and problematic?? Because Brad had a problem with it?? Theres obviously alot of actors who dont have a problem with it just because brad didnt like it doesnt mean its not a good script

  • sara

    hehehe LAWSUIT?There is no way they can sue brad and they know it very well,and that`s the reason why they keep bad mouthing him,beause they know they should give that money to Brad.

    and at the same time they are trying to save their movie with spreading lies that movie strik and script don`t have problems.but I think RC with accepting this role can show what a cheap actor he is to accept the role without strik.

    Brad just show what a powerful actor he is,and now many writers have more respect for him and that`s great for him as producer.peace.

  • abby

    #26 seriously. Would we be hearing so much if it were anyone else? Well, maybe if it were Angie …

    The media is obsessed with these two.

  • irma

    RC is a good actor & he will replaced a very good one too, true , Russel Crowe needs to deal with his temper.I think he will be fine doing State of Play.
    I miss the Jolie -Pitt’s, I hope, the whole family are doing fine & enjoying each other’s company. They are probably busy preparing for Pax’ birthday on the 29th of this month, he will be 4 years old.
    God bless the Jolie-Pitt’s.

  • SAMARA

    i have seen russell in many roles..i have seen brad in many roles i want brad to do a romatic comedy with a good simple plot not like the mexican. their both great actors…and russell has changed some. his son looks just like him(too cute)

  • http://yahoo Yes

    Leona Lewis >>> Bleeding Love

  • please

    CHUCK, I THINK YOU REALIZE THAT BRAD HAS DONE A LOT OF GROUND WORK FOR THIS PROJECT. HE WENT TO D.C TO DO RESEARCH ON IT RECENTLY. SO THERE MUST BE A PRACTICAL CONCERN FOR HIM TO SEE THAT THIS MOVIE WILL BE MADE WITH BAD SCRIPTS.

  • jessica

    Russell Crowe is an amazing actor!!!!

  • bdj

    hmmmm I think if a script has gone through several rewites and several writers, then there is a problem. If Crowe accepts the role and the script requires rewrites after the strike, thes UP does not have a leg to stand on. BP gets paid regardless. BP is a powerful prodcer with a proven track record. As someone stated, many actors and Movie companies have delayed or postpone production on several projects due to the strike. However, always a media storm when it comes to the Jolie-Pitts. UP is playing a dicey hand.

  • http://yahoo Yes

    While the JP’s are preparing for pax’s 4th B’day, me and my family are preparing my little sisters 1st B’day on the same date! :D lol

  • kja

    Are people in denial? Two of Brad pitt’s last movies didn’t do very well at the box office so it not like he is the king of box office. RC will do a great job.

  • piper, with a low

    Slightly OT…

    Looks like Lainey has exposed another one of her blind items/riddles. Seems that Michael Buble was the cheesy dude who’s cheating on Emily Blunt, someone who would ultimately outshine him.

    I need to find the blind item.

  • CHUCK

    30 think positive! : 11/26/2007 at 10:35 am
    26 please : 11/26/2007 at 10:29 am

    LET THE STUDIO SETTLE THIS WITHOUT EVERYONE HEARING EVERY DETAIL OF THE PROCESS. MR. PITT IS NOT THE FIRST ACTOR TO DROP OUT OF A PROJECT AND WE DO NOT GET TO HEAR ANYTHING WHEN IT HAPPENS TO OTHER ACTORS EXCEPT THE FINAL OUTCOME. GIVE THE PITTS A BREAK, MEDIA.
    ———————————————————————
    That’s so true. GC backed out of a project a couple of weeks ago because of the same reasons and nobody cared or critisized him for it.

    Now put Brad or Angie in any situation and it gets blown up all over the place.
    ________________________________________

    So youre saying that JARED blows up all BP and AJ news? i think he does to its not good 26 made a good point this happens all the time but JARED is just making it a problem youre totally right TP

  • kja

    “BP is a powerful prodcer with a proven track record.”

    What??? Brad pitt only produced 5 movies in the last 2 years and only one was a success box office wise.

  • Ameena

    RC was great in LA confidential and a Beautiful Mind, so I would be surprised if he takes on this role knowing the reason Brad left. I would assume any A list actors will contact Brad about the script before they sign up for this movie.

  • please

    TWO OF HIS LATEST MOVIE WERE O13 AND AOJJ? WHICH ONE DID NOT DO WELL? ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT AOJJ THAT HAS ITS WIDEST RELEASE IN 300 THEATERS? OR 013 THAT MADE OVER 300 MILLION WORLWIDE?

  • marni

    Maybe Brad dropped out because he knew he didn’t have the acting chops the role required???? Chops that Russell has in spades.

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