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'Gravity' director Alfonso Cuarón explains why George Clooney replaced Robert Downey Jr

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'Gravity' director Alfonso Cuarón explains why George Clooney replaced Robert Downey Jr

Post by Nicky80 on Sat 22 Feb 2014, 10:05

'Gravity' director Alfonso Cuarón explains why George Clooney replaced Robert Downey Jr

Filmmaker says Australian actor struggled with technology on set

Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón has explained why George Clooney replaced Robert Downey Jr in the sci-fi film. 

Clooney starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the space thriller, but Downey Jr and Angelina Jolie were originally set to take on the two main roles. Jolie, however, was forced to pull out due to scheduling conflicts with her work on Maleficent and directorial duties on Unbroken.

Speaking to the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] about Downey Jr's exit, meanwhile, Cuarón said: "It became very clear that, as we started to nail the technology, or narrow the technology, that was going to be a big obstacle for his performance.

"I think Robert is fantastic if you give him the freedom to completely breathe and improvise and change stuff," he added. "[But] we tried one of these technologies and it was not compatible. And, after that, we [had a] week that we pretended as if nothing was happening and then we talked and said, 'This is not going to work. This is tough'."

Gravity has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards at this year's Oscars, including Best Film and Best Director. The film collected six gongs at the BAFTA Awards earlier this week, with Cuarón winning Best Director. 

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Post by Joanna on Sat 22 Feb 2014, 11:24

Yes I agree....Robert doesn't like restrictions.
He's brilliant and needs to be free to totally express himself in the roles he plays.
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Post by Katiedot on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 12:53

Wow. I wondered what happened.

I totally love RDJ and think he'd have been great in this film too, small role that it was. Good to know why it didn't work out for him.

Didn't George also say he struggled a lot with the technological constraints?
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Post by Joanna on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 13:02

I don't think it did his bad back much good from
what I read somewhere.
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Post by Nicky80 on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 19:28

Yes I read it too. I think it was Alfonso in an interview who said that George had back pain after the shoot but he never really wanted to admit it. But I think George admitted it later.....
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Post by Nicky80 on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 19:30

Here the interview from Alfonso

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