Russell Crowe injury will delay boxing-film shoot. Training for ''Cinderella Man,'' he dislocates his shoulder, necessitating surgery and a monthlong production delay

By Gary Susman
Updated January 30, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Russell Crowe
Credit: Russell Crowe: Sean Gallup/Getty Images/NewsCom
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Adding injury to insult, Russell Crowe began the week by getting snubbed for an Oscar nomination for ”Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” and ended it by dislocating his shoulder. The injury occurred in Sydney, where he’s training to star as Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock in ”Cinderella Man” for his ”A Beautiful Mind” director Ron Howard. According to a statement from Universal Pictures, Crowe will immediately undergo arthroscopic repair surgery followed by physical therapy, forcing the start date of the already long-delayed project back a month, to early April.

The ”Gladiator” star injured the same shoulder in 2000 when training to play a circus performer in Jodie Foster’s ”Flora Plum,” causing that film to shut down in pre-production. (Foster hopes to direct it this year, with Ewan McGregor in the part). ”I’ve never known any actor who dedicates himself to a part with more intensity than Russell,” said ”Cinderella” producer Brian Grazer in the statement. ”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.” As another fiercely committed performer, ”Gladiator”’s Maximus, might say: ”Are you not entertained?”

Cinderella Man

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  • PG-13
  • 144 minutes
  • Ron Howard