Too Early to Tab Robert Downey, Jr. for “Harvey”
10:21 pm, October 1st, 2009
There’s been a bad habit recently of reporting Hollywood casting possibilities as though they’re done deals. Today a number of outlets announced that Robert Downey, Jr. had landed the lead in Steven Spielberg‘s remake of the 1950 Jimmy Stewart classic “Harvey.”
Perez Hilton declared Downey “has snagged” the role of Elwood P. Dowd, a gentle but daft man whose best friend is a tall, invisible rabbit, citing a New York Daily News story that had Downey “rumored” for the part. The Los Angeles Times, meanwhile, allowed that “the official announcement may be a week or two away,” but said Downey “is poised to go down the rabbit hole.”
So what’s the real story?
Well, Gossip Cop contacted a source close to the actor, who told us there is no done deal, and that any “Harvey” discussions with Downey are “just chit chat so far.”
So while Downey has expressed admiration for Stewart and might be in the mix to take up one of the legend’s most famous roles, any talk of him “snagging” it is premature.
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