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Ron Howard scouting Toronto for next film

Jan. 29, 2004 at 11:46 AM

TORONTO, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Ron Howard is in Toronto scouting locations for his upcoming film, "Cinderella Man, about the famous Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock.

Howard decided upon Toronto as his prime location because, he said, he can more easily re-create a 1930s New York City there, the Toronto Sun reported Thursday.

"We found that for what we need, we were going to have an easier time re-creating New York here than we would in New York," Howard said at a University of Toronto program in his honor. "I live in New York, and that's where I'd rather be. But creatively I couldn't even make an argument for staying there."

Russell Crowe will star as Braddock, whose real-life story about his defeat over champ Max Baer in 1935 is a classic Rocky tale.

Howard said Crowe currently is in Australia preparing for the role.

"Ali's trainer, Angelo Dundee, is with him in Australia as we speak," Howard said of his film's star, "and he's hitting him hard with the workouts."

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