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I just feel like my heart is going to burst because it's full of rainbows.
Quote:Oscar TalkIssue #42Cinderella Man in for the Long HaulIt appears that despite all the Ron Howard haters, the less than awesome box-office and Russell Crowe having a fit at a hotel employee, CINDERELLA MAN just won't die. The film apparently got a great response from an Academy screening last week, attended by many, and according to those in the "Oscar-buzz" business, the buzz at, during and after the screening for the Academy members was defening. Then came news a couple of weeks ago that Universal plans to re-release the movie in the Fall/Winter timetable, possibly eyeing a late October re-release to harken an aggressive DVD campaign followed in December by a slew of FYC's and other tactics a la SEABISCUIT. The thing is that this time, unlike SEABISCUIT, CINDERELLA MAN has the stuff to actually go all the way. Paul G and Thomas Newman both still look like near-locks for nominations and most likely wins.Add to this a new remarkable development this week started by AMC theatres which is now offering you a FULL-REFUND if you aren't completely satisfying. This move is extremely telling as a theatre chain hasn't had this much faith in a movie to do something like this since the late 80's.All of these are very encouraging factors for CINDERELLA MAN's Oscar hopes. However there are two big question marks: VENGEANCE and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, both due out for Christmas. Cinders has the edge here for now as we know its great, the critics did give it great reviews (some total raves such as Mike Clark), and the Academy loves it -- which is ultimately all that matters. And regarding the box-office? Its not an issue. THE PIANIST, which three years ago won Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay AND Best Actor only grossed $32 million in its entire run. CINDERELLA MAN has grossed $50M so far and still has legs to add another $10M to that possibly more and then the re-release as well.In short, this year is going to be exciting and we may have our first legitimate summer contender since GLADIATOR...leave it up to Russell.cheers,Joshua Lawson
Quote:Btw, yes to a small world.
Quote:its even smaller than that! phlmth I think we live not very far from each other....I work in Frederick MD. How close is that to you?toolie
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Quote:......who's guarding the beloved body???
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Quote:Murph reports the Rabbitohs won 17-16 !
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Quote:The Sunday TelegraphSUN 21 AUG 2005, Page 072 Rabbitohs have real need to Crowe - By PAUL KENT CALL me a sadist, but rugby league needs more fans like Russell Crowe.You know the type, fans that not only love the club but sing the team song as well. Like Rusty does whenever the Rabbitohs run out for a home game. Over the loudspeakers.Most of us can remember back to the time when the Rabbitohs would run on to the park to their traditional hymn, "Glory, Glory To South Sydney'', and more than a few have observed since then that now that the club has signed Real Insurance as their major sponsor, the Rabbitohs now run out to the former Russell Morris hit ``The Real Thing''.A bold move and it seems we have Crowe to thank for convincing management to make the switch. And we can all thank our lucky stars by appreciating that with no actual track to play, Rusty then handed over a tape of his own recording of the song.See, these are the sorts of fans rugby league needs more of, fans not only keen to get in the trenches with their team, but who actually insist on it.Like when the Rabbitohs were behind 24-0 at half-time against Penrith in round six earlier this year, they needed something to get back into the game. Thankfully, my man Rusty recognised that.So there was no reason for coach Shaun McRae and chief executive Shane Richardson to be surprised when they walked into the dressing room for the half-time break and saw Crowe already there, pacing determinedly."What are you doing here?'' asked Richardson.Crowe said he wanted to address the players.Hey, somebody had to do something. And it's not as if he hadn't already done it before.When the Rabbitohs were first brought back into the competition Crowe was there for their first official game, the Charity Shield against St George Illawarra, walking from player to player and whispering unknown pearls in their ears while coach Craig Coleman addressed the team from the middle.Obviously whatever he said was gold, as after a two-year absence, the Rabbitohs drew 20-20 against one of the competition heavyweights.Certainly it was encouraging enough for Crowe to make it back for the opening game, when he and the late Albert Clift rang the bell to to signify South Sydney's official return to the NRL.It was the Rabbitohs' first game back and, even today, players still wistfully remember the performance incentive Crowe offered moments before the game: ``Make the top eight,'' he told them, ``and I'll take you all to the Playboy Mansion at the end of the year.''How can you not be motivated by an opportunity to meet Miss December? Unfortunately for the Rabbitohs, they went down 40-6.Maybe it wasn't so much Miss December that sidetracked them, but rather Crowe chanting, ``We're going to the Mansion, we're going to the Mansion'' as the players ran down the tunnel. How many other fans are prepared to go the distance like that?It was Crowe, remember, who took the Rabbitohs out for dinner one night and then invited them back to his house where he engaged them in a game of knee footy in his lounge room. Bryan Fletcher put him through a wall.Following last Saturday's upset win over Canberra, McRae acknowledged the great contribution of Crowe saying: "Russell came into the change rooms and I suppose his presence was felt by everybody.''None more than himself, although not nearly as much, apparently, as it was felt the night before. There was no motivational speech for the players from Crowe. Instead, he had brought along a video he thought they could watch together to get in the proper mood."It was a video on his training regime for Cinderella Man,'' the player said.See, how many other overweight actors would be prepared to show a video of themselves training as a movie character -- one where they had to lose 20kg to make the part -- in a bid to inspire a room full of professional athletes?Only my man Rusty, that's how many. The superfan.Asked what the team thought about the video, the player paused."Off the record?'' he asked.
Quote:The Sunday TelegraphSUN 21 AUG 2005, Page 049 It's all about heart - The letter Russell Crowe gave to each Souths player By ADAM HAWSE RABBITOHS 17ROOSTERS 16ACTOR Russell Crowe released an open letter denouncing the spending habits of the Sydney Roosters in an astonishing aftermath to last night's win by his beloved South Sydney.The letter, signed by Crowe and under his personal letterhead, was in response to a wealthy Roosters punter who challenged him to a $250,000 bet on the result in yesterday's The Daily Telegraph.Crowe distributed a pile of the photocopied letters in a jubilant Rabbitohs dressing room.He wrote: ``When will these Roosters blokes learn that it's not about money? It's about heart and spirit. For all the Roosters have spent in the last five years they've only bought one premiership."Souths are the poorest club in the League, our boys train on a busted ass oval with cockroaches in the dressing room, there's no glamour playing for Souths."Rabbitohs fans know what the players go through on our behalf and we love them for it''.Crowe had taunted the Roosters after Souths beat Canberra last weekend, saying he wished they won the wooden spoon. He sought out Roosters captain Luke Ricketson straight after the game.``After 13 consecutive losses this couldn't be any better,'' Crowe said. ``I got to Luke Ricketson and looked him in the eye and said ``Lukey, how'd you enjoy that game?''The victory was the first for Souths against their arch-rivals since 1994, ending a horrendous run of 13 straight defeats.Coach Shaun McRae gave trainer David Boyle a giant bearhug on the sideline as the fulltime siren sounded as celebrations rivalled that of a grand final win.Souths drew on the club's proud heritage to fight back from an early 12-0 deficit, clinching victory in the 76th minute with a Ben Walker field goal."This means a lot to the players,'' McRae said. ``It's been 11 years since the club has beaten the Roosters and that's a long time between drinks.''Despite a suspected broken hand, likely to make last night his final game in the NRL before shifting to Wigan, back-rower Bryan Fletcher was ecstatic."If it is my last game what a way to go out -- I'd break the other hand if that was the result every week,'' Fletcher said.It was a spiteful match that featured three brawls, three players placed on report and Souths winger Shannon Hegarty and Roosters duo David Shillington and Michael Crocker sin-binned.One of the reported players, Souths centre Luke MacDougall, was fortunate to stay on the field after a shocking spear tackle on Anthony Minichiello.McRae admitted the tackle didn't look good, while Roosters counterpart Ricky Stuart was clearly unhappy but said he would keep his opinion private.SOUTH SYDNEY 17 (A Harrison, S Geddes tries; B Walker 4 goals, field goal) SYDNEY ROOSTERS 16 (A Roberts, A Minichiello tries; C Fitzgibbon 4 goals). Referee: R Smith. Crowd: 17,319.
Quote:"at least we know where he is."
Quote:I expect he's not going to be in court, no matter what the result of the hearing is.
Quote:RC: Actually, during The Quick and the Dead, I had a love scene with Sharon Stone, which ended up on the cutting room floor. It was bloody hell. They had some sort of drip machine attached to the ceiling because somebody came up the brilliant idea that kissing with water flowing onto your head is romantic and sexy. After 20 minutes it was like Chinese water torture, and we were shooting the scene for two days. So it's not always glamorous and/or very romantic.
Apr 4 07 4:44 PM
Quote:we were shooting the scene for two days.
Quote:Good heavens, that little bit took two days to film? Two days of biting Russell's wet neck? (Wonder whose idea the water was.) Two days of working at getting the ass-grab juuuusstt right? Two days of pulling up her shirt and rubbing up against Russell's bare chest? Geez......
Quote:This is only what we see in the movie. I would like to see some rough material, some extras.
Apr 4 07 5:33 PM
Quote: and just think about the 'hot & rough' we missed from POL
Quote:hot and rough
Quote:we've heard it described by those who saw the first previews
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Quote:But first, what we did see. "Terry lingered for a last moment alone with Alice. He had so much he desired to say, so very much he never could. Embracing her, he molded his lips to hers. For a few heartbeats he feared she wouldn't respond, but she did. He savored it, savored the silken feel of her tongue, savored the delicious taste of her, the fragrance of her perfume. He knew as surely as he was standing there that it was the last kiss they'd ever share. "Terry! Get the lead out!" Dino hollered. "The sun's going down!" They broke apart. Terry stared a moment, treasuring the simple sight of her. Then he scooped up his kit and raced for the waiting helicopter. " It is the night following the explosion in the market. Alice is at home and Terry is at his hotel. The power has gone out at the Scorpion House and Alice walks to the patio door to look out. The guard dog next door is barking like mad, snarling and snapping as if it had gone berserk. She starts to open the door, but freezes when the dog gives a high-pitched yelp and becomes quiet. Panic-stricken she backs away from the glass. She needs Terry and the safety he provides. She has no car and it will take her an hour to reach Terry's hotel. She had to reach Terry. Now what they left out. "Terry Thorne had taken three cold showers that day, and it still didn't help. All afternoon Terry wrestled with a desire he could no longer deny. That morning in the alley, when their bodies were pressed together, it had been all he could do to concentrate, all he could do to keep from taking Alice into his arms and kissing her with all the passion pent up inside him. She was a client's wife. As taboo as taboo could get. In the K&R trade, there were certain things a negotiator never, ever did, and up there at the top of the list was become romantically involved with the client or any of the client's immediate family. It just wasn't done. But to Terry's profound unease, knowing that and convincing his heart were two different things. He couldn't stop thinking about her, couldn't stop envisioning the two of them locked in a passionate embrace. So he had stayed put. He had spent the afternoon in his hotel room, taking cold showers and pacing and sometimes lying on his back on the sofa and staring at the ceiling fan. Terry wasn't unduly worried for her safety. Now night gripped the city, and still Terry couldn't bring himself to go see her. He was afraid of what he might do. He was even more afraid of how she might respond. So he refused to budge, even when the lights went out.The lights were only out for a few minutes before they flared to life again. Terry placed a forearm over his eyes and attempted to doze off, but he was too wound up to sleep. When the phone rang half an hour later he was grateful. Anything to take his mind off of her. Hoping it was Dino, he got up an stepped to the desk. "Thorne here." It's me. Hey." Alice. "Hey," Terry said, the mere sound of her voice rekindling his desire to a fever pitch. She sounded out of breath and scared. "Maria never showed up today and neither did Sandro. Norma and Elio never came back from their weekend trip. The phone went out, but I kept trying to call." Alice was spitting words out like a Gatling gun. "The lights kept dimming. The power went off. And, honest to God, I think someone killed the dog next door. He was going nuts and I" "Is Cinta there with you?" Terry interrupted, inwardly cursing his reluctance to go over to the Scorpion House. "I'm not at the house. I left. I was completely freaked and I" "Where are you?" Terry cut her off again, afraid she was stranded in the middle of the city, where some of the heaviest gun battles had occurred. "I'm here." "Here where?" Terry asked. The obvious eluded him. "Downstairs." Terry looked for his shirt. He had taken it off and thrown it somewhere. "Okay. Hang on. I'll be right down." "Forget it," Alice said. "I'm coming up." She hung up before Terry could talk her out of it. "Bloody hell," he said. He had to convince her to go home. He would drive her. It was safer for both of them. As he moved toward a pile of clothes the lights went out again. The hotel generator had run out of fuel. Forgetting about a shirt for the moment, Terry hunted for his flashlight. Alice would need it if she were coming up the stair. Suddenly a thought hit him, and he sped out the door and down the hallway. He was taking for granted the fact that she wouldn't use the elevator, not with all the power outages. But he had to remember she'd never been in a situation remotely resembling strife-torn Tecala. She might not know what was safe to do and what wasn't. "Alice?" Terry said, playing the flashlight beam over the empty corridor. "Alice? Where are you?" "Terry?" Her tiny cry brought Terry to the bank of elevators, their control panels as dark as everything else. "Which one are you in?" "Here! This one!" Alice thumped the door. "I'm stuck! It won't open!" Her fright was understandable. Terry set the flashlight on the floor and applied his fingertips to the crack. The door parted a hair, but that was all. "Are you okay?" "I can't see a thing. God, what a night! The whole city is out." Alice was pressed to the crack, her breath fluttering over his fingers. "I'm sorry. I couldn't stay there. I just couldn't do it." "You have nothing to apologize for. Hang on." Terry braced his feet against the doorframe, bunched his shoulder muscles, and pulled. His sinews rippled and bulged, but nothing happened. Locking his knees for added leverage, he exerted himself to his utmost, his teeth clenched, his head thrown back. Inch by gradual inch, the door opened. Her hand fell on his, but still he strained, his back arched, his fingers about to crack. The next second the door jerked wide, allowing Alice to squeeze through. Terry let go and straightened to comfort her, but she had other ideas. Just like that she was in his arms, kissing him, embracing him, as starved for him as he was for her. He resisted for all of three seconds. Then he was matching her ardor, his hands exploring her body, his need overwhelming, a tidal wave irresistible in its intensity. Terry hooked an arm under Alice's legs and lifted. Their mouths fused. He headed for his suite and kicked the door shut behind them. The gunfire outside, the explosions, the firesnone of it mattered anymore. There were just the two of them alone in the dark, and there was no denying their need. The bed was unmade. Terry gently deposited her on the crumpled sheet, and she pulled him down beside her, her hot lips roving over his face, his throat, his shoulders. He reciprocated, his hands everywhere, exploring, fondling, caressing. She yielded, a rose opening its petals. And when, after an eternity, their two bodies became one, she cried out in the flush of ecstasy. Cast adrift from time and space, they soared to pinnacles of mutual release. Neither wanted the night to ever end. " But it does end and they wake the next morning both of them feeling guilty. Alice has gotten up first and showered. When Terry awakes they discuss what comes next as Terry retrieves his underwear from the floor by the bed. After an uncomfortable period Terry walks her down to a taxi. Later in the day he goes to the Scorpion House and Alice remains reserved around him. They can't get through to Marco on the radio and eventually Terry returns to his hotel and tosses and turns all night, his mind filled with images of the night before. It is the next morning that finds him in the swimming pool and after his third lap, as he came up after swimming the entire length of the pool underwater, he saw Dino waiting for him, holding a towel.
Apr 4 07 7:59 PM
Quote:When the city had a bomb scare... and there was a really rought night where the electricity went out in the whole area, and bombs were heard... Meg's character calls Terry... at the hotel... and tells him that she is coming to the hotel... because she is scared to stay there alone... and when she calls... Russell is in black briefs... (Dear God help me... and the black tank tee.) He puts on his jeans... and well, it is to die for... literally... and well, he goes to the at the hotel room which you have seen before in the film, and she gets stuck in the elevator as it almost hits his floor... The electricity goes out... and Russell literally (with his own strength) pulls open the doors of the elevator and lifts her out by himself off the top of the elevator like she weighed two pounds. She initiates the relationship in the original screening... she plants one on him in panic and fear, but man, does she plant one... and then he carries her to the hotel room, and kisses her up against the wall, which is to die for... she lifts his tee shirt off, and takes hers off, and all you see is her skinny back, and he picks her up, she wraps her legs around him and then there is one hot sex scene... he is nude... you don't see her... you only see him... and then in opens with her sitting across from him in a chair, and he's in bed nude, with just a sheet covering him... She looks at him and says what now, what am I doing... and he tells her it's all right.
Quote:and then he carries her to the hotel room, and kisses her up against the wall, which is to die for... she lifts his tee shirt off, and takes hers off, and all you see is her skinny back, and he picks her up, she wraps her legs around him and then there is one hot sex scene... he is nude... you don't see her... you only see him...
Quote:and then there is one hot sex scene... he is nude... you don't see her... you only see him... and then in opens with her sitting across from him in a chair, and he's in bed nude, with just a sheet covering him...
Quote:I can't believe this movie doesn't deliver a hot-and-heavy sex scene. Hackford shot one between Crowe and Ryan, but he's telling journalists he didn't use it because it "didn't work," "it detracted greatly" from the story, and so on.This from a guy who knows all about shooting strong, passionate sex scenes (Richard Gere and Debra Winger in An Officer and a Gentleman, Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward in Against All Odds). And who obviously goes to considerable lengths to persuade his audience that Ryan's married character having an affair with Crowe's security consultant wouldn't be such a bad thing, by showing her deteriorating relationship with husband David Morse and dramatizing the fact that hubby is an abrasive and unlikeable fellowI don't believe for a second that the Proof sex scene wasn't cut for political reasons Hackford clearly didn't want the film to be seen as feeding or heating up the gossip about Crowe and Ryan's real-life affair that began during the film's shooting.A director with more backbone and confidence would have kept it in. To hell with the gossip hounds the movie needs the emotional intensity that such a scene would have provided. Its absence makes Proof feel like a cheat.
Apr 5 07 7:17 PM
Quote: Hey Ro. How about posting that in the POL goodies thread?
Quote:Alice is devastated with no hope, alone in a hostile foreign country, feeling lost all alone on the other side of the world, looking desperately for help, going mad with panic what the future will bring for her.
Quote:I think the sex scene would have been more acceptable to audiences if Hackford had concentrated on exactly this point......However, Hackford was intent on telling too many stories at the same time
Quote:Intercutting the sex scene with Peter's escape would destroy any sympathy the audience might have for Alice and Terry. I can't understand why Hackford couldn't get that and blamed Meg and Russell's relationship for the test audience's aversion to that.
Apr 5 07 7:50 PM
Quote:ah, but it's BECAUSE they were intimate that the 'even' statement makes sense-his giving into his emotional need for intimacy, despite his long held, rigid prohibition against 'fraternization' has driven home to him how strong his need for personal human contact has become.
Quote:I can't believe I've been around the virtual Croweland for over three years and never found this place before.
Apr 5 07 8:31 PM
Quote:We're fairly new, cal. Approaching our first anniversary in November. Welcome aboard.
Quote:I may be one of the few who think Meg could have done justice to the role, but she needed a director with a far firmer grip than Hackjob.
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Quote: The trick is to melt grace and brutality together.Russell Crowe has made a powerful boxing movie. Befitting he is in this interview: aggressive and resolute. A rainy summer afternoon in NY, a room in the Essex House Hotel at Central Park. Russell Crowe walks through the door wearing jeans, trainers and sweatshirt, with the text North Bergen. Its a working class town in New Jersey, where Braddock lived, the legendary world champion, who became a hero of the people during the great depression. Crowe plays Braddock in the movie Cinderella Man (The Comeback), that opens in Germany on September 8. Russell Crowe asks how things are, drinks coffee and smokes cigarettes. Q: Happy, to be in New York again?A: Im not too fond of cities that are so full, that you get the feeling youre playing Rugby every time you round a corner. And where if you cross the streets it seems as if you are in some video game, constantly avoiding cars. The streets are always jammed.Q: Ever try a bicycle?A: Sure, man. When I was shooting A Beautiful Mind I took the bike every day, because I soon learned that getting from The Mercer to the set in Bronx Community College, was much faster by bike than by car.Just the fucking potholes if you get your front wheel in there, youll never know if you will make it to the other side.Q: I saw your new movie (CM) with a couple of friends from Gleasings Boxing Gym in Brooklyn. The experts were quite impressed with the fight scenes.A: Really. Cool. Mind you, that is not exactly thanks to the trainers at Gleasons. When my co-star Craig Bierko arrived on the set, after three months of training with them, he was definitely not in the form to be able to play a threatening opponent to Braddock. We had to start from scratch and train his right hook all over again, until you had the feeling that that really was the most dangerous jab (punch) youd ever seen. Because without a threatening bad guy you had no movie.Q: What went wrong? ( at Gleasons)A: Well, you cant simply stand at the speed ball and bide your time. (He jumps up and gets into fighting position). You have to get your hands to it, make them work together. ( He moves his fists around an imaginary speed ball). With your left you fend off, (he punches two lefts in the air), with your right you hand out pain (he jabs fast with his right). First you have to get the rhythm right, then you can really hurt someone and score some points. The same goes for the sandbag. ( He poses into fighting position again). You must have thrust behind your punches ( left punches with right and left and puts all his body weight behind it). I have used the exercises at the sandbag to train my abdominal muscles, so that they could stop punches at the stomach. ( Russell Crowe leans backwards, tightens his abdomen and punches himself at the navel.)Q: Could you box before you started this film?A: Not good. When I was young, I did some karate and Kung-Fu and later streetfighting. But what has really helped me with the fight scenes and this will make you laugh was my time in musicals, the dancing in Grease and Rocky Horror. With boxing, the trick is, to melt grace and brutality together.Q: How many body doubles (stunt doubles) did you have?A: Theres nothing to double, mate! Youre just wearing shorts. You could find someone, maybe, with the same arms, but then the crotch or the legs are not right. Like in those Schwarzenegger movies, when the guy jumps out of a plane and you realise that hes suddenly half the size he was before. Todays audiences are too smart for that. Im telling you, in the whole fucking movie, not one scene is doubled.Q: Instead of engaging a double, you have been trained by the legendary Muhammad-Ali trainer Angelo Dundee.A: Angelo knew Joe Gould and shook Braddocks hand. He could tell me things about Braddocks training, that nobody else probably would have known. ( He jumps up again and gives an Italian-American gangster accent) Did you know that Braddock chopped a lot of wood? That he build his under arms doing that? And not like this, lad (he lashes out over his head with an imaginary axe). This is how he did it, boy.( he swings the axe like a baseball bat). Q: Was Dundee satisfied with you?A: He was, but today I read a review in the New York Daily News and some broad writes that she didnt think the boxing was convincing! And that while Dundee has stated at a press conference for sports-reporters from all over the world ( he uses the Italian accent again): If Id had him as a kid, he could have made world champion The girl was probably sleeping during the movie.Q: This year Clint Eastwoods Million Dollar Baby won the oscar too.A: Somehow there are suddenly a lot of boxing movies around. Yes, but with that movie (MDB) I had some problems. The boxing was somehow not accurate enough. I thought that Hilary Swank didnt work the sandbag good enough, her punches were badly placed, and the fight scenes. Never mind, it was a totally different movie! Q: You said in an interview, that you wanted to tell a great American story. Whats so American about it? In those days England also had great boxers.A: Give me a break, mate! I probably said that to an American journalist.Q: So?A: Braddocks story is an universal story, for sure. But his story plays during the great American depression, and within that frame Braddock was quite a meaningful character. (It says figure of integration, couldnt quite translate that) You could say, that I wanted to tell that story, to carefully remind people what it means to be an American.Q: And that is?A: In any case it has nothing to do with totalitarianism or imperialism. It has to do with the America that was build on the shoulders of people like Jim Braddock. The people that worked hard and put their childrens needs before their own.Q: If you look at that way, Jim Braddock also was a symbol for the Age of the New Deal, when the American government saw the well-being of its citizens as its first priority.A: I dont want to make a populist speech, but I do believe that once in a while we could remind the Americans that the whole superabundance is relatively new. Only two generations ago, the people were poor and starving. And also, we should realise how privileged we are, and remind a few essentials that political giants as Franklin D. Roosevelt have thought us.Q: Are you an American citizen by the way? A: No. I live in Australia.Q: But you work here a lot.A: No, I work all over the world.Q: Do you believe that as an actor you should have social or political influence?A: Well, I dont go about kissing babies to get elected, and even when I give my opinion, I dont subscribe to any political point of view. I dont believe that you should interfere, just because youve made a movie.Q: In Hollywood, costume-movies, seafaring-movies and boxing-movies were marked bad box-office ( or bad business) for a long time. With your movies Gladiator, Master and Commander and now Cinderella Man, youve certainly proven them wrong.A: Sure, sword and sandal movies were not done for a long time. You could say that with Gladiator we didnt have a real story, but we had Ridley Scott! And I had endless discussions with him before I agreed to do it. Important is what comes across.Q: What should comes across with Cinderella Man?A: Look at Braddock as a young fighter he was highly responsible, hed saved his money, invested it wisely. He was unbeaten in 21 fights until in 1929 he was suddenly beaten by a guy named Tommy Loughran. Shortly after Wall Street crashed and three years later he was broke. Here you have a guy who is not responsible for his downfall, he wasnt a drinker, he wasnt on drug or anything. And then he suddenly gets another chance. Now, everybody can get a chance, whats important is to be prepared for it.Q: That comes across.A: Cool. So try not to put too much weight on politics in your story.interviewer: It will be a straight interview.Russel: Hmm. One more thing.Interviewer: Yes?Russell: Do you wear a helmet when biking?Interviewer: Id betterRussell: Mate absolutely! They are crazy over here.
Quote:Q: Was Dundee satisfied with you?A: He was, but today I read a review in the New York Daily News and some broad writes that she didnt think the boxing was convincing! And that while Dundee has stated at a press conference for sports-reporters from all over the world ( he uses the Italian accent again): If Id had him as a kid, he could have made world champion The girl was probably sleeping during the movie.
Quote:Braddock only wants another shot at boxing to buy milk for the kids.Cue the heavenly choir.
Quote:I didn't buy Crowe as a boxer the camera often pulls away during the brutal fight sequences, perhaps because they weren't realistic...
Apr 5 07 11:20 PM
Quote:We had to start from scratch and train his right hook all over again, until you had the feeling that that really was the most dangerous jab (punch) youd ever seen.
Quote:Russell Crowe leans backwards, tightens his abdomen and punches himself at the navel.
Quote:Theres nothing to double, mate! Youre just wearing shorts. You could find someone, maybe, with the same arms, but then the crotch or the legs are not right.
Quote:some broad writes that she didnt think the boxing was convincing
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