Ailing Newman pulls out of play

Ailing Newman pulls out of play

Paul Newman has fuelled reports he's battling cancer after pulling out of plans to direct the stage production for 'Of Mice and Men' at the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut.

Newman has laughed off reports about his failing health, insisting recent trips to a doctor that were made public were for treatment of athlete's foot "and hair loss".

American tabloid reports suggest the actor had undergone cancer surgery.

In a statement, Newman has confirmed he'll be passing on directing 'Of Mice & Men' to Mark Lamos.

He says: "I'm very sorry I can't be part of this Westport Country Playhouse production, but I leave 'Of Mice and Men' in Mark Lamos' very capable hands with the full support of my wife, Joanne Woodward, and Anne Keefe as Playhouse artistic directors."

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