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Report: Murray scolded for talking

Aug. 11, 2003 at 2:36 PM   |   Comments

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Actor Chad Michael Murray is happy the way Disney's new movie "Freaky Friday" turned out even though the original cast was changed, Zap2it.com said.

Murray, who has his first big role in the movie, said the original cast was to include Annette Bening and Tom Selleck but those roles went Jamie Lee Curtis and Mark Harmon.

The 21-year-old Murray said he was mildly scolded for revealing it in interviews but took it in stride.

"It would have been a very different movie but it's nice the way it turned out," said Murray.

Director Mark S. Waters admitted to the casting change but didn't explain the reason, the report said.

"Freaky Friday" opened last Wednesday and made an estimated $25 million plus after five days, the report said.

The movie is a remake of the 1970s film that gave Jodie Foster her start.

Also, singers Gwen Stefani and Kelly Osbourne were supposed to be in the girl band that is featured in the picture.

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