May 31, 2006
The reason Russell Crowe was replaced by Heath Ledger in the still-untitled Baz Luhrmann movie?
The hot-tempered Oscar winner demanded script approval for the love story with Nicole Kidman set in the Australian outback prior to the Japanese bombardment of Darwin in 1942.
The producers told Luhrmann to find another actor, and the director met several times with fellow Aussie Ledger. "Baz liked him and offered him the movie," said one source. "Then Crowe came back to Luhrmann and said he'd forego script approval and wanted to do the movie, but they told him it was too late - to buzz off." Crowe's flack had no comment.
Source: New York Post
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