Benicio Del Toro and Cameron Diaz have an EX TO GRIND

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 20th, 2010

Benicio Del Toro Cameron Diaz

Well, here’s this week’s first WTF moment.

According to Deadline, Fox has picked up the rights to adapt Jane Heller’s novel, Ex To Grind, with Cameron Diaz and Benicio Del Toro attached to lead the project.

The film follows a "star athlete who for years supports the dreams of his waitress wife (Diaz). Cut to several years later. His career is cut short by injury, he has has morphed into a beer-swilling couch potato while she has become a big success in business. She plans to divorce him and is horrified to discover she will have to pay alimony to maintain the slovenly lifestyle that led her to dump him. She conspires to find him a new wife to get herself off the hook but when her replacement restores the man she fell for, the ex wants him back." Del Toro would be that very athlete.

Now here is where it gets really weird.  The film is being produced by Laura Bickford, the same mind behind fantastic flicks like TRAFFIC, CHE, and DUPLICITY, with the former two being the connection to Del Toro.  I don’t understand why the actor would stoop to something like this, as this really isn’t like anything he’s ever done-- and not in an interesting way.  It sounds utterly dreadful, so here’s to hoping one of the people close to him will be able to talk him out of this project.

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