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A Woman Replaces Javier Bardem in "Tetro"

Posted: April 3rd, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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In what Francis Ford Coppola is calling a "sex change" operation, Carmen Maura (Volver) is replacing fellow Spaniard Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) in the family drama "Tetro."

Coppola said his rewrite of the pivotal role came during rehearsals for the film's 11-week shoot, which began March 31st in Buenos Aires. "One of the important roles in the script is a mentor and teacher to Tetro (Vincent Gallo), and I originally wrote it for a man," he said. "As I read and reread (the script), I felt that the interaction between the two characters would be far more intriguing if they were of the opposite sex."

The director often changes key elements of his script before and during filming, he said. Maura recently joined around the time of rehearsals in Buenos Aires, which Bardem never attended. Although he had a supporting role and was only set to film for two weeks, the "No Country for Old Men" star was the highest profile name among the cast and the only Oscar nominee. (He went on to winning the award for best supporting actor in February.)

Maura will play a literary critic and mentor to Tetro, whose younger brother (Alden Ehrenreich) searches for him in Argentinia's capital city. Maribel Verdu also stars. Coppola's American Zoetrope is producing the $15 million production.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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