Rumors are circulating that Fox executives asked Cameron Diaz to re-record some of her lines in The Counselor because her character sounded too much like Rihanna.
Rihanna was born in St. Michael, Barbados and grew up in Bridgetown. According to SlashFilm blog, Diaz’ character Malkina was scripted as being from Argentina.
Softening Diaz’ accent wasn’t enough to save The Counselor, though. The movie hit theaters on October 25 to mostly negative reviews and unimpressive box office numbers. It brought in only $18 million in its first two weeks, a number that seems paltry when compared to the $25 million it cost to make it.
A few other things The Counselor had going for it:
- Its writer: Cormac McCarthy wrote the script for The Counselor, and the work represented his first original screenplay. Movie adaptations of the Pulitzer-winning author’s The Road and No Country for Old Men saw considerably more critical and commercial success.
- Its director: Admittedly, Ridley Scott has directed a few flops in his day. But with movies like Alien, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, and Thelma and Louise to his name, no one can deny that Scott is a talented director.
- A star-studded cast: Besides Diaz, The Counselor starred Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt.
Diaz received mixed reviews for her performance in The Counselor, but hopefully the good ones will make her feel a little better about being asked to fix the accent she originally performed.
In other news, Diaz joined the ranks of celebrities on Twitter today. She already has over 100,000 followers.
I JUST got a super cool new app called Twitter. Twelloooo!!!
— Cameron (@CameronDiaz) November 8, 2013
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