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Earlier this year, The National Enquirer reported that actor and director Paul Newman had undergone surgery for an undisclosed cancer.

To that, his rep denied the reports and released a statement on behalf of Paul saying, “I’m being treated for athlete’s foot and hair loss ├óΓé¼┬ª maybe the doctors know something that I don’t!”

Well, it seems that Newman might be facing health issues now.

Paul was scheduled to direct the stage production for Of Mice and Men at the Westport Country Playhouse. Instead, he has stepped down because of health issues.

Set to take his place is director Mark Lamos, who has directed several plays, musicals, and operas.

In regards to his departure, Newman said, “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.”

Let’s hope he gets better soon and it’s nothing too serious!

[Image via Mavrix Online.]

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May 23, 2008 14:15pm PDT

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