Russell Crowe Turns Down ‘My Best Friend Wedding’ Audition – The Hollywood Reporter
Russell Crowe is countering a claim that he had a sketchy audition to star opposite Julia Roberts in the 1997 hit romantic comedy My best friend’s wedding.
Crowe has arrived! Twitter on Friday to speak with the film’s director, PJ Hogan, told author Scott Meslow in the book From Hollywood with love that Crowe sat down to read a book with Roberts during the casting process. Hogan called it “one of the worst board readings I’ve ever experienced” and made it clear that Crowe, whom Hogan felt was a rising star, wasn’t a good fit for the film.
In his tweet, Crowe said that the audition never took place and that he never read with Roberts. “Pure imagination for this director,” wrote the Oscar winner. “I didn’t audition for this movie. I have never done a table reading with the actresses mentioned. It would be funny if it weren’t so meaningless.”
Hogan’s comment appeared in the title after Vulture published an excerpt from the book in February, which Crowe apparently didn’t know about until recently. In this segment, Hogan states that Crowe was his initial top choice for the role of Michael, the last best friend played by Dermot Mulroney in the film; Hogan’s wife, Jocelyn Moorhouse, directed Crowe in the 1991 Australian film Evidence.
“I don’t know what happened,” Hogan said in his book about Crowe’s audition. “It was one of the worst board readings I’ve ever had. Russell sat across from Julia. He’s clutching that script, and he’s staring at the script, and he’s not looking at her Once. He read every line evenly. At one point, Julia was literally leaning against the table, staring, like, inches from Russell’s face, trying to make eye contact. And he won’t look at her. At the end of the reading, Russell came to me and said, ‘I think it’s going pretty well.’ And then I known: Russell will not participate My best friend’s wedding. “
The Hollywood Reporter Have reached out to a Hogan representative for comment.