Saturday, January 31, 2004

Russell Crowe hurts his arm!

Russell Crowe hurts his arm!! I shall nurse him back to health!,1,13391,00.html?eol.tkr

Russell Crowe's Latest Wing Ding
by Josh Grossberg
Jan 30, 2004, 1:15 PM PT
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Russell Crowe has gotten his wing clipped again.

The Oscar-winning Gladiator dislocated his shoulder in Sydney while training for his pugilistic part in the upcoming Universal Pictures boxing drama Cinderella Man, the studio confirmed.

Crowe will immediately undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair his shoulder, followed by an intense regimen of physical therapy. He won't be able to resume training for the role of real-life boxer Jim Braddock for four to six weeks.

As a result of the injury, filming on the flick will be delayed a month, pushed back from March until early April.

Cinderella Man reunites Crowe with the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind triumvirate of director-producer Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. It tells the story of how Braddock became a folk hero after winning a vicious 15-round match against heavyweight champion Max Baer in 1935 during the throes of the Great Depression. Renée Zellweger will play Crowe's wife.

"I've never known any actor who dedicates himself to a part with more intensity than Russell," said Grazer Friday. "He approaches every role with a rigorous discipline, using his mind, his body and his spirit. To prepare for his role as Jim Braddock, Russell has been training with some of the foremost boxing instructors in the world, and that commitment is what led to the injury to his shoulder."

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