Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise and Factory Girl
Setting the record straight: I will be brief. First let me say that Katie Holmes is one of the most elegant, intelligent and charming actresses I have met during my career in film. She is a delight to talk to and has a real old world sophistication that I find tremendously appealing. This is one of the reasons I thought she would be a wonderful Edie. Katie's own charm would capture an early moment in Edie's life when she was living in Cambridge, was still innocent, before she went to New York and began her downward spiral. At the same time, I thought it would be exciting for an audience to watch Katie Holmes (who has previously played strong, girl-next-door type roles) play a character who takes this dark journey. Katie thought it would be exciting too. Over the course of several months, we had almost half a dozen meetings where we talked extensively about the script. On one of those occassions in New York, Katie came dressed very much like Edie. She was breathtaking. I was convinced she was my girl for the role. About two weeks ago, the New York Post (which has become nothing more than a muckraking tabloid) wrote a very defamatory piece about why Katie decided to "drop out" of 'Factory Girl.' They claimed that Tom Cruise didn't want her playing a role where she would be a drug addict because that would go against his Scientology beliefs. This is blatantly untrue and stupid. If Tom Cruise felt that way, would he have ever appeared in a film like 'Magnolia'? Come on... Katie dropped out of 'Factory Girl' because her commitment to doing press for 'Batman' is overwhelming. She has an extensive press tour over the summer in Europe and Asia that would cut in to our rehersal time. Shooting for 'Factory Girl' begins in two months. Both of us felt she couldn't balance both and that she wouldn't have the time to do the research to take on this very demanding role, which would be very different from anything else she has ever done. Katie is not doing my project because she is the consumate professional, and wouldn't want to take on a role where she couldn't give 100%. No actor would want that, no director would want that. Tom Cruise had nothing to do with it. Cruise is a true gentleman and I feel bad about how he is currently being treated in the press. Leave the poor guy alone. He's in love. That New York Times piece that ran about him last week was a disgrace. It felt more like Star Magazine. Anyway, I guess it just goes to show you how cynical the media has become about love. Journalists should get lives of their own and stop destroying other people's. A piece is going to run next week in Entertainment Weekly. In case they choose not to run the less sensational, but accurate version of why Katie left 'Factory Girl,' I thought I would give it to you honestly, right here on IMDB. That is if anybody even bothers to read this thing. -- GH
I miss the Chris Klein + Katie Holmes relationship. They looked much more natural than TomKat. I wonder why they split after so many years?
You know you love the matching outfits.
WE MISS YOU GUYS.