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'Mad Men' Star Elisabeth Moss' New Role Sparks Controversy in Australia

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 7th 2011 6:15AM
Elisabeth MossThe news that 'Mad Men' star Elisabeth Moss has signed on to star in upcoming new drama 'Top of the Lake' has led Australia's national broadcaster, the ABC network, to pull out of the project.

It had reportedly pledged around $600,000 to the miniseries on the assumption that the lead character, an Australian police officer, would be played by an Australian actress.

An ABC spokesman told the 'Herald Sun': "We went into this with the understanding the lead actor would be an Australian. But when that could not happen, we removed ourselves from the deal."

The spokesman added, "We love Elisabeth Moss, but she's not an Australian. We have a fine calibre of Australian actors available and we would have preferred to see one of them in the role."

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