My Best Friend’s Wedding director on Russell Crowe’s failed audition: ‘One of the worst readings I’ve ever been through’

PJ Hogan, director of the 1997 romantic comedy My best friend’s weddingreflected on Russell CroweThe awkward audition for the movie.

Movie starring Julia Roberts like a woman who realizes she’s in love with her best friend when he’s engaged to someone else. While the last mentioned best friend was played by Dermot Mulroney, Crowe was one of the actors who auditioned for the role.

In a new interview with VultureThe filmmaker said his first choice for the role was Crowe, who he thinks is “probably the greatest actor I’ve ever met”.

To cast Crowe in the film, Hogan explained, he needed Roberts’ approval. He invited Crowe to a reading table across from Roberts and hoped for a great chemistry between the pair.

“I don’t know what happened,” Hogan told the publication. “It was one of the worst board readings I’ve ever had. Russell sat across from Julia. He clutched that script, and he stared at it, and he didn’t look at her once.

“He read every line steadily. At one point, Julia was literally leaning over the table, staring, like inches from Russell’s face, trying to make eye contact. And he won’t look at her.”

Hogan added: “At the end of the reading, Russell came to me and said, ‘I think it’s going pretty well.’ And then I knew: Russell wouldn’t be at My Best Friend’s Wedding. “

The Independent Have reached out to a Crowe representative for comment.

Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Julia Roberts in ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’

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Other actors vying for the role are Matthew McConaughey, Edward Burns and Matthew Perry, who briefly dated Roberts around that time.

Hogan said that Perry didn’t take the role because he “didn’t want them to break up while filming”.

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