round and round the constant course
Gosling and Clooney drop projects
By Rachel Abramowitz, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 23, 2007
Peter Jackson was said to be quite surprised that Gosling had showed up to start work on "The Lovely Bones" looking like he'd donned a fat suit. According to sources, the 26-year-old Gosling had apparently told the director he was going to gain weight to age himself up to play the part of a grieving father, but Jackson was still expecting some movie star allure -- not paunch and a beard. By Friday, Gosling had left the high-profile production over those pesky "creative differences," and, by Sunday, he'd been replaced by 36-year-old Mark Wahlberg, who actually could be old enough to father a teenager.
The film, based on the popular book by Alice Sebold, is about a 14-year-old girl, Susie Salmon, who is murdered by a neighbor and watches how the tragedy affects her family from heaven. The cast includes Rachel Weisz as her mother, and Susan Sarandon as her grandmother.
Gosling's departure comes on the heels of his indie pic "Lars and the Real Girl," which, according to Boxofficemojo.com cost $12 million. So far the film has earned $316,000, and will go wide this weekend. A DreamWorks representative declined to comment, as did Gosling's manager.
Still, "The Lovely Bones," which starts shooting today in Pennsylvania, will continue relatively unhampered.
I totally read "The Lovely Bones" because Ryan was going to be in the movie. And while I read it I wondered if I could believe him to be the father of a teenager. :P I'm bummed that he's not doing it, but perhaps it was best? I dunno.
It's Spirit Week at work. Tomorrow is Sports Day. I'm wearing one of my jerseys. Probably my green Mulder. Although I might do the rebel thing and go for the Cardinals jersey. Even though it's red. LOL!