Russell Crowe has been one of my favorite actors of all time since the skin head flick, “Romper Stomper”, which was an Australian film that followed the exploits and downfall of a racist skinhead group in blue-collar suburban Melbourne. I’ve loved every film he’s ever done to date.
I know that when Russell Crowe is in a movie, that no matter what it’s about, that it will be entertaining.
Russell actually started his career as a musician in the early 80’s, but starting acting in little films here and there. It was Sharon Stone that had also caught “Romper Stomper” and wanted to cast him in a little western she was producing called, “The Quick and the Dead“. That would be Russell’s first American film that would also get him noticed by many other filmmakers and propel him to a bankable leading man. We have Sharon Stone to thank when you think about it. Leonardo DiCaprio also starred in that film. Russell and Leo would later star together in “Body of Lies” 13 years later, but this time as A-List stars.
It’s no surprise that this volatile Aries man has quite the reputation of being bold, direct and even sometimes overbearing. None of his antics have ever bothered or intimidated me as I’m pretty ferocious myself. In fact, I find myself even more drawn to the man who stands his ground and goes with his gut.
Here is a show of the many faces of Russell that followed:
THE MANY FACES OF RUSSELL CROWE
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Not to mention his continued brooding sexiness in “American Gangster”.
I’ve got a hard on for him here. Tenderness was a little independent film that Russell agreed to do. The producers only convinced Crowe to take on the project after expanding his role and giving his character a voice-over narration. They were surprised that he even bothered with their little film. Russell Crowe was courted for a supporting role in “Body of Lies”, to which he formally committed after the script was revised. He put on 63 lbs. of weight for the role of the CIA boss. Brad Pitt was originally set to star in “State of Play”, but dropped out a week before shooting as the script had changed so much it was no longer the same movie he signed on to do. Nor did he approved of the changes. The studio quickly began courting Russell Crowe, who was finally convinced to jump in as the understudy at the last minute. They had to coordinate the shooting schedule tightly as Crowe was revving up for the role in “Robin Hood”. Hence having to hide behind his long locks in “State of Play”. Robin Hood became one of my many favorite films of Russell Crowe. Despite it’s over critique by critics, I loved the film and wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel. Crowe was back to his strong fighting image again that is reminiscent of Gladiator. The Next Three Days keeps you on the edge of your seat simply because of Russell Crowe’s incredible performance. We’re going to be seeing Russell Crowe in fine form soon as he’s currently shooting “The Man with the Iron Fist”. He’s got Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth involved and in his corner. Russell has never looked better than he will in this film.