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Fresh off the success of Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, it appeared as if Robert Downey Jr. would next star in Oz: The Great and Powerful for Sam Raimi. However, when talks mysteriously fell through, it was James Franco who ended up reuniting with the director of the Spider-Man trilogy (Johnny Depp was approached, but a commitment to The Lone Ranger meant otherwise). Why didn't Rdj take the job? Well, here's an excerpt fom their report... Producer Joe Roth had been talking to Downey before Raimi even joined the project in summer 2010. But after an initial meeting between the director and star, things didn't look good. Months later, Raimi visited Downey at his Los Angeles home, still attempting to land him, but upon entering the house, Raimi spotted a plant that he had given the actor as a goodwill gesture wilting in a corner. (The filmmaker declines to elaborate.) Oh dear! »

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