Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Crowe injures a wing

Russell Crowe dislocated his shoulder in Sydney, Australia, while training for a boxing scene in his upcoming film "Cinderella Man," reports

The Gladiator star will immediately undergo arthroscopic repair surgery followed by physical therapy, said Universal Pictures. That should delay the start of filming by about a month, from early March to April.

The movie, about Depression-era boxer and folk hero Jim Braddock, costars Renee Zellweger and will be directed by Ron Howard, who collaborated with Crowe on the Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind."

"I've never known any actor who dedicates himself to a part with more intensity than Russell," said Brian Grazer, producer of Cinderella Man. "Russell has been training with boxing instructors, and that commitment is what led to the injury to his shoulder."

Crowe injured the same shoulder while training for the upcoming Jodie Foster-directed film Flora Plum. He eventually had to drop out of that role.

The new injury is on a different area of the shoulder.

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