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12.19.07 57 Comments

Ed Norton has left State of Play and is being replaced by Ben Affleck. 

A while back, I brought you the news that Brad Pitt would be re-teaming with Fight Club co-star Ed Norton for State of Play (an adaptation of a popular British miniseries).  Shortly thereafter, Pitt left the project over script concerns and was replaced by Russell Crowe.

Because of the change, Norton asked Universal if he could be replaced so that he could fulfill a prior commitment to Tim Blake Nelson’s indie comedy "Leaves of Grass," which he is both starring in and producing.

Affleck will take over the role of an ambitious politician who finds himself engrossed in a murder conspiracy. He’ll join Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn and Jason Bateman in the film. [Yahoo]

I have no problems with Crowe or Affleck, but this is still a poor trade.  Personally, I’d like to see all four of them in the same movie.  It could be some kind of gay orgy called Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts.

Highlight of 30 Odd Foot of Grunts’ wikipedia entry:

The band has achieved neither critical nor popular success during its time. Perhaps their only claim to fame, other than Crowe’s celebrity status, is the Frenzal Rhomb song "Russell Crowe’s Band", in which it is described as "a fucking pile of shit".


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