Cinderella Man: Russell Crowe sustained a minor injury -- a dislocation with damage in his shoulder -- while being trained in boxing for his upcoming role in Universal Pictures/Miramax Films/Imagine Entertainment's Cinderella Man. He will immediately undergo arthroscopic debridement and repair surgery in Australia, followed by intense physiotherapy.

Although this is the same shoulder that Mr. Crowe injured while training for Flora Plum, the previous repairs are fully intact; this current injury has affected a different area of the shoulder.

The injury came while Mr. Crowe was in the boxing ring training in Sydney. Mr. Crowe's dislocated shoulder is expected to delay the start of production on the film by approximately one month. Principal photography is now scheduled to begin in early April. These details were confirmed today by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.

"I've never known any actor who dedicates himself to a part with more intensity than Russell," stated Brian Grazer, producer of Cinderella Man. "He approaches every role with a rigorous discipline, using his mind, his body and his spirit. To prepare for his role as Jim Braddock, Russell has been training with some of the foremost boxing instructors in the world, and that commitment is what led to the injury to his shoulder. All of us wish him a fast recovery because we simply cannot wait to see him apply his talent and training to this part."

Cinderella Man stars Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger and Craig Bierko; is produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Penny Marshall; and is directed by Ron Howard. The film is a Universal Pictures/Miramax Films co-production of an Imagine Entertainment presentation, with Universal Pictures distributing domestically and Buena Vista International handling the international distribution of the film for Miramax.

Brian B.