Allen Banned From Casting 'Loose Cannons' Ryder And Downey

WOODY ALLEN was banned from casting WINONA RYDER and ROBERT DOWNEY JR for his 2002 movie MELINDA AND MELINDA, because no-one would insure the troubled stars. Ryder had only just been convicted of felony grand theft for shoplifting from a California department store and Downey Jr. was still recovering from drug addiction - and insurance companies ruled them too risky. Will Ferrell and Radha Mitchell were cast instead. Allen makes the revelation in a new book Conversations With Woody Allen - which is due out in October (07). He says, "I couldn't get insurance on them... We couldn't get bonded. The completion bonding companies would not bond the picture unless we could insure them."


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I think Mr Allen is being very unfair... and way out of date with his statement. There is another side to his memory of that situation ... that insurance was available if he had pursued it. And I am sure the movie would have had more success if Downey and Ryder HAD been his stars. Of course, Mr Downey is totally insurable now, he has proven himself again and again in the 9+ films he has made in the past two years .... also just having completed "Iron Man", Super Hero, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard and Jeff Bridges, directed by Jon Favreau. It will be a huge blockbuster released in May, 2008.He is presently filming "Tropic Thunder" with Ben Stiller directing, and also starring Jack Black. "Charlie Bartlett", a delightful film with Anton Yelchin and Hope Davis, will be released in Feb 2008.Eat your heart out Woody !!
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