Rose McGowan and Robert Rodriguez break up

Rose McGowan’s and director Robert Rodriguez have broken up, according to the New York Post. They met while filming Grindhouse in the spring of 2006, and got engaged this past October. The pair started their relationship while Rodriguez was still married to his wife of 16 years, with whom he has five children.x

Apparently their breakup had a lot to do with business. How romantic. Rodriguez was having trouble getting financing for his upcoming remake of Barbarella, in which McGowan was to star. In fact, she was the reason he couldn’t get enough funding.

Rose McGowan’s breakup with her fiancé, director Robert Rodriguez, could be good news for some other actresses, who could end up with the leading roles she was set to play in his movies. McGowan was hoping to star in at least three planned Rodriguez films – a remake of “Barbarella,” “Red Sonja” and “Woman in Chains!”

But sources say the couple, who we reported last October were engaged, have split, partly over the problems Rodriguez had finding financing for “Barbarella” – the 1968 cult classic in which Jane Fonda played a sexy space adven- turess – with McGowan in the title role.

McGowan, best known for her witchy role on TV’s “Charmed,” wasn’t thought to have enough box-office draw for the $70 million remake, especially after “Grindhouse” disappointed with about $25.4 million in domestic ticket sales.

“Too bad ‘Grindhouse’ didn’t gross $100 million. Then, maybe, ‘Barbarella’ would have gotten the green light,” said one source. “Instead, the moguls were saying, ‘We need a bigger star, a bigger name.’ ” Jessica Alba has been touted as a possible replacement.

[From the Daily News]

It sounds like McGowan and Rodriguez’s entire relationship was a great example of why you shouldn’t mix business and love. Rodriguez appeared to view McGowan as his muse, and seemed pretty willing to put all of his eggs in her basket, so to speak. I’ve never found her to be anything exceptional as an actress. It seems like their breakup may benefit everyone. A few other actresses will likely get a shot at McGowan’s roles, Rodriguez will get some better talent, and his ex-wife will probably be smugly satisfied.

Here’s Rose McGowan at the Neil George salon in Beverly Hills carrying her bulldog and wearing a cast on her foot on June 7th. Images thanks to WENN. Header of Robert Rodriguez and Rose McGowan at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS event in France on May 23rd, 2007. Photographer Z.Tomaszewski; Image thanks to WENN.

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  1. Blackalicious says:

    She’ll always have the Sugarbaker sisters.

  2. Celebitchy says:

    This relationship probably ruined what career she had left too.

  3. Blackalicious says:

    I read in a few places that she had extensive surgery.. she is too young for that but in Hollywood, well, people get it at any age.
    I think she has great skin but she still somehow looks..old if that makes any sense. In her profile her nose looks shaved down and more turned up than it was in Scream..what the hell? Some blog said she claimed she was in a car accident. Just curious b/c she really didn’t need to have anything done. Now, sadly, she seems to look ‘off’ somehow.

  4. NicoleB. says:

    I can only imagine that his ex-wife is on the beach somewhere laughing her a$$ off at the irony of it all. Hollywood Husband leaves wife and family to frolic and make movies with his new lover/ muse, until Big Bad Karma rolled into town and opened a big old can of Whoop-A$$ on them. It brings a tear to my eye.LOL.

  5. devilgirl says:

    Well if they think Alba is a big box office draw, they are sadly mistaken. As for people so offended by McGowans affair with Rodriguez, please! Isn’t that a little hypocritical when that is how half of the couples in Hollywood get together. I am so sick of this puritanical crap with people so shocked over affairs with some couples, but totally accepting and dismissive of it with other couples. Affairs are a fact of life in Hollywood. I don’t think it’s right, but I sure as heck don’t care what celebrities do in their bedrooms either.

  6. Kaiser/ Hippacrat says:

    She had that “extensive [reconstructive] surgery” after she was in a horrible car wreck, Blackalicious. It took her a while to get back into the game.

    But I still like her, always have actually. Something about her not being one of those cookie-cutter Little Miss Perfects. Damn, why do I always get stuck defending the homewreckers? :)

  7. lulu says:

    Rose McGowan is so beautiful! Always has been… love her!

  8. IMO says:

    It’s not just about the fact that she broke up a couple.

    It’s also about her doing it to advance her career and going after him to get her career going.

    I know other girls did that- like Katie Holmes and Jennifer Graner that went after bigger stars, so that they will have a better career and more fame, but it’s just another form of “gold and fame- diggers”.

  9. Kaiser/ Hippacrat says:

    Well, IMO, you’ve really fulfilled your Homewrecker Patrol Watch today, with this and the Jolie thread. All of us living a less than Minivan Majority existence thank you for condescending to moralize.

  10. Kristin says:

    Wasn’t he separated when they got together? And why am I not seeing this kind of talk about Angelina in her countless baby threads? The people who are hating on Rose must be hating on Angelina too right?

  11. devilgirl says:

    So Rose couldn’t have just fallen in love with the guy? We have diffinitive proof that she had career motives as her primary reason for getting involved with Rodriguez? And for God’s sakes, he is the one who was married, not her. He is the one that betrayed his marital vows, not her. Everyone always blames the women for luring these “innocent” men from their wives and families. I like her, always have. He’s the one people should be angry at. This comes from a woman who has been cheated on by her fiance.

  12. Kaiser/ Hippacrat says:

    Yes, Kristin, the same people. Often the same person, using multiple names to agree with themselves.

  13. steph says:

    I loved her in Jawbreaker and Planet Terror. She is hot!

  14. Ron says:

    I think Rose rocks. There is something about her that’s kind of dirty. You get the freak vibe from her. I like that. Much better than the vacant vibe I get from Kat-E Holmes. Or the pissed off vibe from Aniston. And even though, Jessica Alba is actually a very nice gal, she’s not right for Barbarella at all.

  15. Cinderella says:

    She was hotter when she dated Marilyn Manson.

  16. elisha says:

    Weird, I just read they were going to do a remake of Red SOnja together. It was like “we can’t gt our shit together for Barbarella, so we’ll try another old school fierce comic book female movie remake.”

    So I was waiting to hear they couldn’t do red Sonja so they wanted to do Sheena, Queen of the Jungle… or Tank Girl or something.

  17. elisha says:

    Also I’d like to add that as skanky as RM is, if I could picture in Hollywood in a Barbarella remake, it’s her. It would be sacreligious if they chose Jessica Alba.

  18. lola lola says:

    I used to think she was so beautiful–but that was before the “car accident” that “forced” her to get so much surgery that she looks like she’s had a face lift. But I won’t cry for the chick that messes with a married man. The karma bus is coming around….

  19. vdantev says:

    She’s so tiny !! Much shorter than I thought. I loved her in Planet Terror and Jawbreaker too.

    There goes her film career. Damn, what happened to this country where a girl can’t date a married man and make it last anymore ? :lol:

  20. janepitt says:

    If you’re singling out Katie Holmes and Jennifer Garner why stop their. The list is practically endless with actress dating directors and bigger stars to advance their career. Nicole Kidman is the first to come to mind. She totally married short stop for his connections, that freak would never have gotten that far without him. Rachel Weizs and Darren Aronofsky, this chick only dates directors she went from Sam Mendes to Darren. Some of the relationships are so obvious.

  21. Shay says:

    Awww poor Robert. I hope that all of this was worth breaking up your home.

  22. Trillion says:

    Jessica Alba doing Barbarella? I’m fucking crying. Leave that movie alone PLEASE! It’s greatness comes from the era it came from and what it meant in that time context. It wasn’t the great dialogue or special effects or story line. So leave it alone, I say.

  23. hardlyknewya says:

    You roll, Trillion:D

  24. WTF says:

    Alba has the potential to be a box office draw she just makes crappy choices sometimes.

  25. Amy says:

    Robert should crawl back to his wife/original business partner. Mid-life crisis is over, dude!

  26. Klappstuhl says:

    Oh wow, who saw that one coming?

    Oh right, EVERYONE!

  27. trustiva says:

    Alba? She just got her baby. I don’t think she will do a movie in the next year.

    Rose would have been trashtasic for these movies.

    But the break-up? Just today I thought it could happen soon….

  28. MarkyD says:

    I think Rose is way hotter than Alba. Alba is *sweet* but there is something missing.

    Unfortunately, I’m sure Rose will have a difficult time landing good roles, ever heard the old expression “Don’t Shit Where You Eat”? I think it applies here!!

    She’s not so smart for banging Rodriguez.. and should have waited for the divorce to occur before jumping on that. Now she is not respected in hollywood.

  29. Monica says:

    Why is it always the woman’s fault? Honestly, he left his wife and he left his engagement. It sounds like he has a serious problem keeping things steady.Didn’t he also date Rosario Dawson while filming Grindhouse? Why isn’t she being called a home wrecker? Let’s face it, she was the single woman and he fed upon that. He can’t get funding because his Grindhouse “Planet Terror” sucked not because of Rose. She actually did a good job for having to accept such a sucky role. I don’t think any actress could have fixed the plot of a woman who walks on a wooden leg and kills zombies. It was super lame and Tarantino was a bigger idiot for letting it happen. Death Proof was pretty damn cool though.So was pulp fiction, I love that movie :P

  30. Bradley Smith says:

    This is great! Now she is available for the taking. I am glad I pay attention.

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  32. Sergio X says:

    Guess what? I just saved a lot of money on auto insurance! Too bad Robert threw his life away, blinded by lust. This can happen to anybody, so guys…PAY ATTENTION! No slut is worth your marriage. There are brothels that will cater to your needs in avery discreet way, without fucking your life up!

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