Why is Renee Zellweger's past used in ''Oleander''? The ''Jerry Maguire'' star was leery about showing her ''Texas Chainsaw'' past

By William Keck
Updated October 25, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Credit: White Oleander: Vivian Zink
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Q Why does a snippet of Renee Zellweger’s clash with Leatherface in 1994’s ”Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre” appear in ”White Oleander”?

A ”Renee told me what a nightmarish experience it was making that film, and then I told her we were going to use it,” says director Peter Kosminsky, who needed a clip demonstrating the talents of Zellweger’s struggling-actress character. (The star’s rep declined to comment, but Kosminsky says Zellweger good-naturedly approved the homage.) Seems nobody wants to talk about ”Chainsaw.” ”We had a blast making that,” costar Matthew McConaughey recalled recently. ”But that’s all I’m going to say on that subject.”

White Oleander

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  • PG-13
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  • 110 minutes
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  • Peter Kosminsky

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