Russell Crowe Denies ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ Casting Story

The Oscar winner said the story of a Julia Roberts table reading gone wrong “would be funny if it weren’t so pointless”.

Russell Crowe wants you to know he didn’t bomb his audition for My Best Friend’s Wedding. In fact, the actor claims it never happened.

Crowe’s name made headlines earlier this year when an excerpt of Scott Meslow’s book From Hollywood with Love was published in Vulture. In the passage, PJ Hogan, director of My Best Friend’s Wedding, detailed his attempt to cast Crowe in the 1997 romantic comedy. Crowe was apparently the director’s first choice, but star Julia Roberts had veto power over casting decisions. So, according to the excerpt, Crowe was brought in for a table read with Roberts, and Hogan claims it went so badly that the role ended up going to Dermot Mulroney.

“It was one of the worst table reads I’ve ever seen,” Hogan wrote. “Russell sat across from Julia. He reached for that script and he stared at that script and he didn’t look at her once. He read each line monotonously. At one point, Julia literally leaned across the table and stared like customs service off Russell’s face and tried to make eye contact. And he wouldn’t look at her. At the end of the reading, Russell came up to me and said, ‘I thought that went pretty well.’ And then I have knew: Russell wouldn’t be in My Best Friend’s Wedding.'”

Crowe remembers it very differently. The actor took to Twitter on Friday morning to deny all of Hogan’s claims. Crowe claims the audition never took place, as he said he didn’t read for My Best Friend’s Wedding and that he had never read table with Julia Roberts.

“Pure imagination on behalf of this director” Crowe wrote. “I didn’t audition for this film. I have never done a table reading with the mentioned actress. Would be funny if it wasn’t so pointless.”

Crowe is currently starring in Peter Farrelly’s The Greatest Beer Run Ever and his second directorial effort, Poker Face, is due out later this year. Roberts is set to return to the rom-com genre this month with Ticket to Paradise, in which she stars alongside George Clooney.

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Lindsay Lowe

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