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Hilary Duff paid big bucks to stop acting

The former ‘Lizzie McGuire’ star’s film career has been floundering of late, but she has just landed a cushy job. Though it’s being paid NOT to appear in a movie.

The 23-year-old had been cast to play the leading role in Tonya S. Holly’s ‘The Story of Bonnie and Clyde’, a retelling of the infamous gangster tale about the couple who plagued banks across the USA during the Great Depression. But after a recent rethink, studio execs chose to axe her from the role.

Now TMZ are reporting that Duff has a pay-or-play contract which means she is eligible for compensation if the production choose to terminate her contract for any reason; which they duly did when they found out that she was up the duff, so to speak, with her first child. And the sum she receives could be as much as $100,000 (£61,000).

Some commentators are suggesting that the pregnancy simply provided execs with an excuse to take Duff off of the project. It’s been languishing in development for years, and was badly wounded when Faye Dunaway, who starred opposite Warren Beatty in the 1967 Oscar-winning production of ‘Bonnie and Clyde’, slammed Duff’s casting, saying, “Couldn’t they at least cast a real actress?”

Duff’s comments on her departure also sounded a little acrimonious. She told TMZ:

“I don’t wanna give them any more press than they’ve already gotten off me … I think [my] baby is a little bit more exciting.”