Heroes spank-bait Hayden Panettiere used to talk openly about how meeting Amanda Knox in person would help her nail the role of the murder-convicted former Seattleite. It was just too bad that Italian authorities and Knox's family were "being protective of her," as she told the UK's Daily Mail last October. Well, turns out it wasn't so much Knox's family and the jail keeping Panettiere from seeing the incarcerated young lady as much Panettiere not wanting to take the epic, two-hour drive from Rome to Perugia.
Panettiere tells ET Online that Knox's family actually invited her to meet Amanda in prison, but that she didn't want to "impede."
That and she's just sooo busy down in Rome . . .
"She only has two days of the week that she gets visitors," Panettiere says. "I would have had to go in the middle of filming to a different city, because we were in Rome, and I would have had to go with her family to do that. She only gets to see her family for two days, so to impede on that didn't seem like the right thing to do."
Right . . . Except that they're the ones who invited her.
Anyhow, the admission comes at the same time that Lifetime, the network behind Panettiere's upcoming made-for-TV film/moneygrab Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, agreed to remove the salacious trailer to the film that shows Knox's character wielding a knife and looking evil.
The film itself is still scheduled for a Feb. 21 airing. Knox's lawyers are trying to have the movie delayed while the appeals trial is still going.
The good news is that while Panettiere may not have gone to great expense to research her role first-hand, she totally nailed the wardrobe.