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Apr 5 07 11:39 PM
I just feel like my heart is going to burst because it's full of rainbows.
Quote:but Crowe, 41, was reluctant to put into writing that he would hold his tongue
Apr 6 07 5:37 PM
Quote:Why don't we (the fan) each send in a dollar
Quote:... he wanted to make sure he at least got that out there before signing anything and agreeing to say no more on it.
Apr 6 07 6:16 PM
Quote:"Russell Crowe and Nestor Estrada announce that they have reached a settlement of Estrada's claims stemming from an incident in June at the Mercer Hotel where Estrada was employed," the actor's publicist, Robin Baum, told E! Online Thursday. "Both sides expressed satisfaction at the resolution."
Quote:Martha Stewart who said one person she wanted on her new show was Russell Crowe because he had been kind to her in the past couple of years and he had offered her a quiet place to stay in Australia.
Quote:I think Russell might feel he deserves the right to explain his side of things
Quote:In LA you can get away with murder, but not on the east coast, it would seem just about anything can get you jail time.
Quote:Mancow Has Twin Reasons To CroweThe Chicago Sun-Times reports that actor Russell Crowe has sent a present to Mancow Muller and his wife, Sandy, celebrating the birth of the couple's twins.Crowe became friends with the morning man when he last played at Chicagos House of Blues with his band.And no, the gift was not a phone, but rather, a book of Crowes song lyrics.
Quote:From Ruby: "Just saw on Good Morning America, on the ticker under the screen that Russell will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge."
Quote: That's why I stopped here on CC, because I can't hear nasty gossip, only love and affection.
Apr 6 07 6:39 PM
Quote:he had been kind to her in the past couple of years
Quote:That's why I stopped here on CC, because I can't hear nasty gossip, only love and affection.
Quote:Thanks to Chattles:The Sunday Telegraph Edition 1 - StateSUN 28 AUG 2005, Page 118 gossip By ROS REINES Crowe shows some real style Just before flying off to France, where he is shooting Provence with acclaimed director Ridley Scott and Albert Finney, Russell Crowe performed a true labour of love.Showing just how passionate he is about everything he puts his name to, the famous hellraiser took the time to hand out meals to the poor and homeless people around Sydney from a van run by philanthropist Jeff Gambin's Just Enough Faith Foundation.On September 21, Crowe's film Cinderella Man, which is centred around men surviving through the Depression by using their fists, will have its charity premiere in Sydney with all funds going to the Just Enough Faith soup kitchen.Crowe himself has taken two tables at $20,000 each at the after-supper, which will be attended by some of the other top names in town.The aim is to make $1 million for the organisation. There are only two tables left waiting to be filled.However, this wasn't enough for charismatic Crowe, who wanted to experience at first hand the people he was helping.With a minimum of fuss, he turned up at the inner-city van to help hand out the food.Another Sydney identity who has frequently helped out in the past by serving meals from the van is none other than ConPress CEO John Alexander.
Quote:And tonight the Russell Crowe arrest. Could he be getting special treatment? Now, Crowe has just settled with the New York hotel worker he allegedly threw a phone at, and now the Manhattan D.A. is reportedly considering a plea deal, dropping the felony charge to a misdemeanor. Tonight`s "SHOWBIZ In-Depth," is Russell Crowe getting a special form of celebrity justice? Well, that`s what Leslie Crocker Snyder believes. She is a former judge and current candidate for Manhattan district attorney. She joins us now live in New York. And live from Glendale, California, speaking of celebrity justice, "Celebrity Justice`s" Harvey Levin. Harvey is also an attorney. Now, Leslie, I`m going to start with you. In the case of O.J. Simpson, Robert Blake, Michael Jackson, we have seen celebrities get off. Do you think in this case with the felony being reduced, this is a case of celebrity favoritism? LESLIE CROCKER SNYDER, FORMER JUDGE: Well, it`s always tempting to say that it is. And frankly, someone in Russell Crowe`s position is in a position to pay someone off civilly, and then the person is much less interested in prosecuting. Here there`s supposedly a videotape. And remember, we haven`t seen the evidence. And probably the D.A.`s office could pursue it fully. It might be a case where a misdemeanor`s appropriate; it might not. But we do know that celebrities generally do get treated better. BRYANT: Harvey, I want to go to you, because this -- this could happen. It could be turned into a misdemeanor, which I personal believe it probably is. This doesn`t seem -- you know, you throw a phone at a guy, the real felony, honestly, is the rates that the hotels charge to make a phone call, if you ask me. HARVEY LEVIN, "CELEBRITY JUSTICE": Hear, hear. BRYANT: Is this really a felony anyway? LEVIN: This is not a felony. I mean, this -- look, he threw a telephone. He was absolutely wrong to do it. Fine. Say it`s criminal. But it doesn`t make Russell Crowe a felon. You know, part of the justice system is paying people of. I mean, that`s what it is. You know, if somebody... SNYDER: Now, wait a minute, Harvey. LEVIN: No, no, no. Let me just make my point. Let me just make my point.You know, if it`s murder, it`s one thing. But if somebody is assaulted and they end up getting a lot of money and the D.A. says, "Look, we have lots of other felonies, serious felonies to prosecute, we`re not going to make this as big a deal, given that the person has owned up," it`s perfectly appropriate to make this a misdemeanor. This is not a felony case. This makes a lot of sense if the D.A. does drop it down. SNYDER: Well, you know what? We don`t know enough about it to say that for sure. It might very well be a misdemeanor. But we can know one thing. The fact that it`s Russell Crowe and he can pay the person off means it`s far more likely that he`s going to get a misdemeanor than someone else, like an ordinary person. LEVIN: But you know what?SNYDER: And also we don`t pay people off in the criminal justice system, or we shouldn`t. Harvey, you know that. LEVIN: No, you know what? That`s wrong. That`s absolutely wrong. That if somebody does something, and it`s not rape and it`s not murder and it`s a relatively minor thing, and they end up giving somebody satisfaction, it happens all the time. It happens all the time in prosecutors` offices. SNYDER: Well, absolutely...LEVIN: The person has been made whole.SNYDER: People take pleas, but they don`t necessarily get paid off. This guy was hit with a telephone, and he apparently received a cut. I don`t know how bad it was, and of course, that would be relevant. But you don`t pay people off on a regular basis, and there aren`t that many violent felonies going on in New York. The New York County D.A.`s are only trying 1.2 cases per year. They`ve got a lot of time on their hands. LEVIN: Leslie, this is not the biggest...BRYANT: I want to move on to the idea that the D.A. is considering the fact that the civil case has been resolved at the same time that they`re still mulling over the criminal case. What do you think on that Leslie? Is that normal, for D.A.`s to allow them to go on concurrently? SNYDER: There`s nothing wrong with that. I mean, a civil suit at the same time is certainly possible. What you want to have the D.A. do is treat the case appropriately. Now if you recall what happened at arraignment, the D.A. claimed this was a very serious felony. Now, it certainly doesn`t sound like the most serious felony in the world; I agree with Harvey there. But they took one position. And also Crowe was rushed through arraignment. He didn`t have to stay in a cell; he was arraigned really quickly. I mean, this is celebrity justice. It`s better quality justice... LEVIN: That`s a great name for a show. SNYDER: ... in the system. Yes. BRYANT: Harvey, what do you think the D.A. should do in this case?LEVIN: Well, I think the D.A. was wrong going into this. I don`t think this was ever a serious felony. I agree with Leslie. I think what the D.A. should do is drop this down to a misdemeanor. I think that, to some extent, the victim has been made whole here, and the D.A. should consider that in all of this. It`s not a payoff; it`s making the victim whole. SNYDER: But the whole point is...LEVIN: Russell Crowe has owned up to this thing. He should plead out to a misdemeanor, and we should be done with it. SNYDER: So it`s OK, then, that Russell Crowe takes a phone, he throws it at this poor employee because he`s frustrated he can`t make this phone call. He gives him a gash under his eye. He says, here`s 100,000 bucks or whatever it is... LEVIN: And -- and...BRYANT: Here`s the thing, guys. We`ve got to wrap it up. Leslie... LEVIN: ... pleads guilty to a misdemeanor, Leslie.BRYANT: I don`t think it`s OK But I don`t think it`s a felony. I don`t think this means this guy should get seven years in jail and can`t work in America anymore. SNYDER: I don`t think so. No, it`s not the worst case at all.BRYANT: I thank you both for joining us, Leslie Crocker Snyder and Harvey Levin. SNYDER: Bye, Harvey.BRYANT: Thanks for joining us.
Apr 6 07 7:06 PM
Quote:Here there`s supposedly a videotape. And remember, we haven`t seen the evidence. And probably the D.A.`s office could pursue it fully. It might be a case where a misdemeanor`s appropriate; it might not. But we do know that celebrities generally do get treated better.
Quote:The media always need copy ...
Apr 6 07 7:47 PM
Quote:Just think if the media applied the same level of scrutiny to real news like social security, energy costs, environment, and (dare I say it?) war.
Quote:They want to distract us with stories about runaway brides.
Quote:Personally, I think the media give us pretty much what we ask for. I believe that most people, if they turn on their TV, and Washington Week in Review is on.....they'll turn to a repeat of Seinfeld.
Quote:I can't believe I was watching my local news and they where dicussing this and they thought it was hilarious. Couldn't figure out what the big deal was. The guy got a small cut on the cheek. and a weapon????? a phone. hahahaha! Of course the one guy said."Well I suppose it depends on how hard you throw it.
Quote:He didn`t have to stay in a cell...
Apr 6 07 8:21 PM
Quote:Russells mercy missionThe star took a break from nursing his sick son to help feed Sydneys most needy Not even his sick baby could stop doting dad Russell Crowe from lending support to Sydney's homeless and hungry. Despite drama at home, the superstar kept his commitment to help the Just Enough Faith Foundation as they served up hot meals on the streets of inner-city Sydney.While Russell was impressed by the enthusiastic work of philanthropist Jeff Gambin and his team of volunteers, his mind was clearly on his most dedicated role - that of a loving dad to 20-month-old Charlie.Charlie has been sick with a mystery illness, keeping worried mum Danielle Spencer, 35, and dad up until all hours. And while Russell may be an Academy Award-winning actor, he shows he has the same worries as any parent when their child is sick."We were only meant to be in Australia for a few more days," he says, "but our little boy's been sick for the last five or six days, so we have to wait to see if he gets right before we travel."Russell is due in France to begin filming A Good Year , and will team up with Ridley Scott, who directed him in Gladiator.Asked if Charlie is suffering the dreaded flu that's been ravaging young and old alike, 41-year-old Russell says, "It's a combination of things. He's really quite ill. He'll be fine but it's this whole thing where you feel so helpless with a sick baby."His worries notwithstanding, Russell was clearly blown away by the work of the Just Enough Faith team. They toil seven days a week, 12 months a year, providing food, offering counselling, returning children to school and the unemployed to the work force, and providing housing for those on the streets."I heard about this fellow [former restaurateur Jeff Gambin]." he says. "It's quite amazing when you find somebody prepared to be that charitable. It's a massive amount of generosity from one man and the organisation should be helped as much as possible."And indeed, the Foundation will be helped in a big way at the Australian premiere of Russell's dramatic new movie Cinderella Man on September 21. Guests will pay $2000 a head for the privilege of rubbing shoulders with international showbiz. 'They're hoping to raise a lot of money for the cause," says Russ, who reveals that his empathy for the homeless was raised while researching his acclaimed role in A Beautiful Mind . "I got to learn some of the very serious reasons behind the increase in homelessness, and I felt it's only right that I step forward and support Just Enough Faith."I'm hoping I'll be able to get back to Australia for the premiere of Cinderella Man ," he says. "It's going to be tight, but we'll work that out as it's going to be a really good night. And for a good cause.
Quote:Is it possible that even some of the media outlets are getting tired of printing "Bad Russell" stories, especially the Oz ones?
Quote:It doesn't look as if there will be a sequel to M&C
Apr 6 07 9:25 PM
Quote:Sequels scare me; all too often #2 is just lame
Quote:he just didn't DO sequels.
Quote:Fabby- One of my favorites of his is Regarding Henry. A film no one liked.
Apr 6 07 9:58 PM
Quote:Emms, I think we have to accept this as the straight poop, within the limitations of the question asked.The question was "will you do a sequel".Peter Weir is simply brilliant. But he isn't young, works slowly, and has projects lined up for years to come.The sequel process (except where the entire creative team has simply been re-signed ala PoTC) is somewhat convoluted. The studio specs out treatments. that gives them something to circulate. Then you wait to see if anyone gets excited about it. Then it changes and gets redone and redone, etc.The key to this sequel is in the appetite of the studio heaveyweights that sponsored the first film. In this case they have flourished. In spite of the gloomy "heads will roll" forecast to the contrary they are now the creme de la creme of the Fox bonus and promotion mill. One is, in fact, the front runner to replace Rupert hzzself when the Ol' Bloke retires.M&C made good money ("wellish" and was the most criticaly acclaimed "prestige" film for Fox in decades. Within Fox that credit goes straight to the boyos that championed the film.So, the money and favorable sentiment is there for years to come. But nothing is driving the studio to do a sequel in the near term.Put your hopes on Ridley Scott getting another break in his production schedule. That would kick the whole thing into high gear.
Quote:Rusty is in a weird spot. The Oz Indie flick put a big hole in his release calender. The telephone nonsense put him into a different catagory of general audience approval.He got great reviews for Cinderella Man but the film didn't do well in the US market. That's three bad things in a row.The top of the heap is a slippery place.A Good Year is a good choice for him. But he has to be careful about his next project.If I were giving him advise, I wouldn't recommend a POB sequel without one of the very few real heavy weight directors fully committed to it.
Quote:...the hotel also has plenty to answer for, including its staff selection and training methods, as well as its lousy phone system. Obviously, the Mercer (Mercenary ?) Hotel in New York is the place not to stay.
Apr 6 07 10:29 PM
Quote:Talent is what counts in Hollywood and Russell has that in spades.
Quote:At the Mercer we regard every staff member as our guests personal concierge and the front desk as their private secretary an impeccable level of service that only a small luxury hotel can provide.
Quote:I cant imagine what it's like to have all the world's filmmakers lay their pearls before you and you get to choose.
Quote:CindyMax Trainer...much of what he posts is just his opinion based on his knowledge. Obviously this phone incident hasn't been a plus for Russell's career but, in the long run I certainly don't think it's going to hinder either.
Quote:As to Max Trainer, we've heard from him before, as he seems to work in the movie industry. I'm surprised by the mention of Ridley in connection to M&C - not sure I think he'd be interested in doing a sequel, but of course, with another segment of the Aubrey saga he could really do a completely different treatment. Ridley's not done a sea story in a while.....hmmmmmmm
Apr 7 07 9:44 PM
Quote:I'm very impressed and delighted that Ridley stood up and pulled Russell into the AGY film project, despite all the bad publicity Russell has had. He's taking a bit of a risk. But you know? That's what friends do, when they have faith in their friends.
Quote:What is unexplanable for me yet is the degree of the crime Russell is charged. The telephone isn't a deadly weapon constructed to kill. The most interesting part of all this mess is the court's decision, by me.
Quote:Lyden, from my few stints on Jury Duty in the NY Criminal Court system, my best guess is that they overcharged him to give him more wiggle room to plead down to a misdemeanor.
Quote:Motive aside, celebrity does help in relief efforts Despite politics, proclivities, artists bring attention, and money, to causeCOMMENTARYBy Michael VentreMSNBC contributorUpdated: 12:05 p.m. ET Sept. 1, 2005Recently Russell Crowe vented a bit over fellow celebrities like Bono and Sir Bob Geldof who lend their names publicly to charitable causes. Said Crowe: I do my bit to improve the world but I think its very important to get things done on the quiet. Im sick to death of famous people standing up and using their celebrity to promote a cause.As it turns out, the timing of his remarks was unfortunate, coming only days before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast area, and precipitating a dire need for emergency relief that will be helped by a benefit concert already scheduled for Friday.A Concert for Hurricane Relief was thrown together in an urgent flurry of activity almost immediately after news reports sent shock waves throughout the world over the rising death toll and heartbreaking destruction in the area. The concert, which will be televised on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC, will feature artists who hail from the Gulf Coast region, including Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis and Tim McGraw. During the concert, Matt Lauer of the Today show will host a telethon, and viewers will be encouraged to send donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.In addition, other events are in the works, including an MTV special on Sept. 10 involving Green Day, Usher, Ludacris and Alicia Keys, and the Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon will make a special appeal on behalf of relief efforts.I dont mean to make Russell Crowe out to be the insensitive, unfeeling bad guy in the wake of an unprecedented American tragedy, because in a way I know what he means.Sincere dedicationI believe Bono, Geldof and others are sincerely dedicated to making the world a better place, and for every very public act they undertake, they probably do 10 more behind the scenes. I think theyre secure enough that they dont need to resort to standing on a stage at a benefit concert and soak in adoring applause to massage their egos. I believe they do it because theyre answering a calling.But human nature being what it is, there are times when you wonder if certain somebodies arent pushing their way into the charitable spotlight because its the thing to do, and they want to feel they belong among A-list philanthropists. Im sure those are the types Crowe is grousing about.The question is: Does it really matter?In other words, if Leonardo DiCaprios presence on A Concert for Hurricane Relief translates into several thousand dollars in donations, which can help house and feed a few families rendered homeless by Katrina, does it make a real difference if some viewers out there think hes sincere and others dont? If there is a celebrity whose work or love life makes your stomach turn, or a performer whose political leanings clash with yours, or even an artist whose star has faded and you dont think he or she belongs in such a high-profile gathering, is any of that really an issue if people whose lives have been ripped apart by this hurricane can get help?In fact, I wouldnt mind seeing Crowe and his band, 30 Old Cans of Beans or whatever the heck its name is, taking up instruments and doing a few numbers for the cause.This isnt your typical celebrity fest, either. Sometimes a concert is the first and obvious reaction toward filling a charitable need. In this case, A Concert for Hurricane Relief has more organic roots. Besides the fact that native sons of the region will take part, its also fitting that a city like New Orleans, and its surrounding landscape, has long been a bubbling cauldron of spicy musical fare encompassing rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, Latin, funk, zydeco, bluegrass, reggae, country and even hip-hop.Lending a hand during hard timesThat part of the South has produced more original American music than any other section of the country. To music lovers, New Orleans is like a favorite uncle. Its important to pay him a little respect and lend a hand when he falls on hard times.If there had been more time to organize, if the need werent so pressing, this could have been one of the greatest gatherings of musical talent ever put together, judging by the incredible number of splendid creative progeny the city has given birth to, as well as the thousands of artists it has had influence on. It still might be.Music is so intricately woven into the fabric of New Orleans and the outlying region that it cant be considered as a stand-alone topic, apart from its environment. There is joyous, vibrant jazz in the streets during funeral processions. Mardi Gras wouldnt be Mardi Gras if blaring horns didnt accompany every decadent act. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays a room the size of a walk-in closet, and yet somehow people keep walking in.The Neville Brothers, Johnny Adams, Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Fats Domino, Sonny Landreth and many others have helped give the Big Easy a place on the musical map larger and more prominent than any other. If you didnt particularly like listening to music when you visited there, you did by the time you left. Even a tin ear could find aural rapture within its confines.But when you see the aerial shots of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast now, the music stops playing. There is no brassy trumpet, no blues guitar, no whippoorwill voices, just the sounds of people coping with destruction and trying to survive.I understand Russell Crowes comments, I really do. But there are times when you have to put those sentiments aside when something occurs that is a lot more important than whether or not youre annoyed by a celebrity or two. A Concert for Hurricane Relief is one of those times.Michael Ventre lives in Los Angeles and is a regular contributor to MSNBC.com.
Apr 7 07 10:10 PM
Quote:Russell Crowe: Russell's new philosophy Everyone has a Russell Crowe hellraising story. But, as his new film comes out, the star tells Elaine Lipworth he's a changed man, thanks to yoga and fatherhood Published: 02 September 2005 Russell Crowe is five hours late for our interview in New York, and I'm wondering whether he'll turn up at all. Even before the infamous outburst in June, in which he allegedly hurled a telephone at a hotel concierge, the actor was known as much for his temper as for his talent. I needn't have worried. Eventually he arrives, contrite and apologetic. He stubs out his cigarette and politely opens the window, blowing away the smoke. Immediately all is forgiven; he's so endearingly charming and matey that the tedious afternoon of waiting is forgotten.He explains that he walked several miles from the Mercer, the hotel where he's been staying (and the scene of the alleged crime) to the Essex House hotel, where we're doing the interview, because he's in the middle of a gruelling press tour for his new film, Cinderella Man, and wanted to unwind."Thing is, we're eating fast food, eating late," he says, pulling up a chair. "So I walked this morning and realised not only that I should walk, I should hammer myself and do a bit of sweating because I was feeling really aggressive, and that's the wrong place to be when I'm going to sit down with you. To get rid of the aggression I have to find some form of clearing my head every day, to get my head into the right space, whether it's yoga, going for a walk or just having a conversation about a completely different subject than acting," he says. "I don't live in America, so I've come across an ocean and I've been working since I hit the ground. I'm dealing with the jet-lag thing."He claims that his reputation for being volatile and temperamental is unfair because it is based on isolated incidents highlighted by mean-spirited tabloids. "I don't think anyone can possibly go through their life without getting things wrong now and again, without saying the wrong thing or doing the wrong thing. It's never my intention to do anything negative to anyone or to hurt anyone. I have a simple ability to know when I've done something wrong and if I can't apologise to that person directly, I can apologise to myself. If you think you can get away with bullshit, you're wrong. You can't live a thoroughly selfish negative life and expect to be a successful person."Crowe says his critics are quick to attack, whatever he does. "I use the word 'yoga' and people still react as if it's some new-agey kind of thing. Are you kidding me? I still have to explain it to people. It's like, 'Come on, let's get real here.' When are we going to get a level of integrity that will just take into account a whole load of different philosophies?"Unshaven, in a hooded sweatshirt, jeans and boots, Crowe moves around a lot. Even after the hike across town, he doesn't appear relaxed sitting in one place. The logo on his T-shirt reads "Zen Master", but there's a restless energy. I sense that things are going well, however, when he tells me that he likes The Independent. At the risk of sounding sycophantic, I tell him how much I enjoyed Cinderella Man. "Oh goody," he responds with childlike enthusiasm. "At last, a positive English journalist."He laughs, crosses his legs and stretches his arms. He says he's having a difficult few days in Manhattan, because he's missing his wife, Danielle Spencer, and their almost two-year-old son Charlie, who are at home in their Sydney apartment. "You start scratching your head and try to work out how you ever lived without 40 or 50 cuddles a day," says the actor, looking watery eyed. "The change in my life that has taken place after becoming a husband and father is massive."The contrast between the image of a tough, difficult, self-centred star and the thoughtful and rather vulnerable man in front of me couldn't be greater. Perhaps I've caught him in an emotional mood, but he's as happy talking about the joys of family life as he is discussing his performance as the Depression-era boxer James Braddock in Cinderella Man. "My priority list has changed massively. I'm at the back of the room in my mind, all the time, wherever I am," he says, folding his arms. "Everything has shifted simply and easily because I got married and had a baby, because I wanted to do that with an open heart. I was ready."Crowe was born in New Zealand. The family moved to Australia, where his parents managed pubs and then had a catering business, often working on tele-vision and film sets. Crowe says there was never financial stability. "I didn't want to be a dad under those circumstances. I never wanted to have to have children who would hear the kind of conversations I had to hear my parents having, wondering where the money was going to come from for the next rent."But there's a whole set of new challenges now, he says. "Giving Charlie a level of balance is going to be difficult. Our natural leaning is to give him whatever he wants, whenever he wants it. I know that I can't just do that, so I have to learn restraint in my generosity. It's going to be hard for me to make sure I'm always mindful of the balance. Will we have another child? I'd like a dozen, but I'm not the only one involved and we'll have to see. We very clearly think that it would be an unfortunate situation for Charlie to grow up all by himself in the strange world that he's going to have to inhabit."Fatherhood hasn't changed who I am, essentially, as a person," the actor says. "So I'm not going to be mellow or less passionate in my work, and if somebody asks me a smart-ass question they're usually going to get a reply in the same tone. Possibly it's going to be harder for people to take such cheap shots at me now, though. I'm not going to be wandering the streets aimlessly at night trying to experience life any more. I'm settled."I say I agree that children change one's perspective. "How many kids have you got?" he asks. Two girls, I tell him, aged seven and 10. "It's great, isn't it?" he says, and walks over to the window, looks out over Central Park and seems to drift off. We listen to the sirens, screeching brakes, horse-carriages and general Manhattan noise from the street below. "New York interview," he grins. He sighs, and offers another apology."I just got a little bit homesick, so that's why the sentences started going out of the window. When we started talking about my child..." He trails off again. "Yeah, I haven't seen Danny and Charlie for a few days. And in this town, it's difficult. The time difference is just a pain in the arse and I'm in a hotel downtown, so you're not dealing with world's most sophisticated phone system either, you know what I mean? Getting a line out at a time when I'm free to get to talk to Danny or get Charlie on the computer screen has been hard."Given his past, it's easy to view the star as a pampered celebrity. Yet he doesn't come across as arrogant at all: rather, as a man who is in conflict with aspects of the life he's chosen. Fame and recognition aren't interesting, and he's almost puritanical about "the work", refusing to do commercials and criticising actors such as George Clooney and Harrison Ford who do make money from their celebrity.Crowe closes his eyes for a moment. "I love my job. But it doesn't come with any pretension or any prerequisite; it * * comes with a single focus. Are you prepared to work as hard as it takes to get this job done?" There's another long pause. "I do the gig the way I see it. I've learnt over a lot of time."Crowe became internationally known with LA Confidential in 1997, and then won the 2001 best actor Oscar for Ridley Scott's Gladiator. The actor, 41, started acting as a child in bit parts on productions his parents worked at. "Gee whiz, I did my first TV gig when I was six," he says. "But I was never a TV star. People think I was, but I was a child extra and I only got my first lead at 25 [in Romper Stomper]. So there's been a 19-year apprenticeship. Now I'm in front of the camera as a lead player, and I've still got lots of stuff to learn."Crowe is humble about his talent. He says that much of his accomplishment is simply down to experience and sheer hard work. But the emotional authenticity with which he inhabits his roles, and the physical transformations he undergoes, single him out. Whether he's playing the tobacco-industry whistleblower in The Insider, the tortured mathematician in A Beautiful Mind, the ship's captain in Master and Commander or Maximus in Gladiator, the performances are intense and convincing. His complex portrayal of the 1930s boxer Jim Braddock is another example of that ability to lose himself and disappear into a character.This time, he's playing a real-life, downtrodden underdog who became an unlikely American hero. When Braddock's boxing career was over, he lost his fortune in the Depression but went on to stage a thrilling and completely unexpected comeback, winning the world heavyweight boxing title.The appeal for Crowe had nothing to do victories in the ring, though. "I never saw Jim as a man who really lived for boxing at all. To me, the story was interesting because of his change of fortune. I thought, 'This is a great story, because it's true. You couldn't make it up.' Braddock had been a very responsible young man when he was doing well as a boxer. He'd saved his money, he hadn't wasted it. He hadn't lived outside his means. He did the thing everybody said to do at the time, which was to invest his money in the stock market. And in October 1929, he lost 85 per cent of his total net worth and was brought to the brink of bankruptcy. Suffice it to say, things turned bad."Directed by Crowe's friend Ron Howard, the film focuses on the grim struggles facing Braddock, his wife (played by Rene Zellweger) and their children during the Depression. They survived rock-bottom poverty, with no money for food or heat. In true Ron Howard, Hollywood style, it's sentimental, but also gripping and very moving. And there's an outstanding performance from the Sideways star Paul Giamatti, who plays Braddock's manager."Jim had to go on the dole, but he didn't wear the pain on his sleeve," Crowe says. "He accepted it and kept trying to do the best he could for his family. The Great Depression is a character, and I think the villain in this piece is poverty. If there's a single moment in Braddock's life that I think makes him important in history, it's the fact that he went to the Social Security Commission and repaid the money he'd taken when he was on the dole. That shows you more about his character than anything in his boxing career."Crowe is famously choosy about the roles he takes, and Cinderella Man is his first film since Master and Commander in 2003. It has to be an enticing role for him to leave his family and their home in Sydney. They also have a 1,400-acre cattle ranch in northern New South Wales. "Physically, this was the hardest thing I've ever done," he says, "much more difficult than Gladiator. I was in massive pain a lot of the time. But I'm happy I did it. I just like Braddock," he says."Most of the time, it's not a prerequisite for me to like a character. Mostly it's the opposite; I go, 'Ooh, that guy's dark and weird.' I don't believe in the theatrical tradition that you have to love the character. I think love makes you forgive a lot of things, a lot of faults, so therefore if you're playing Adolf Hitler - do you have to suddenly think he's not so bad? I mean, I just don't think that's a good way of getting into him. True objectivity will give you the detail. The job of acting is about discovery and about examination and about the human condition."Despite the quest for objective detachment, Crowe says he does feel a special affinity with his character this time. The sweatshirt he's wearing, (which he designed) carries a "North Bergen" logo, in honour of Braddock's home town in New Jersey. "No, don't write anything about me having a line of clothing coming out, or my own perfume, 'Eau de ring'," he jokes. "But when I can't sleep at night, I design clothes, and this is something I had made up as a crew gift."Crowe maintains that even now, as one of the most successful film actors in the world, he can identify with Braddock's financial hardship. He remembers being broke himself, first as a young musician, touring with his band in New Zealand and Australia, and later as an actor. The big difference was that, unlike the boxer, he was single.And he was also passionate about his profession. "I have experienced what it's like to live without any material possessions. I spent seven months busking for a living; that's how I earned my rent money. You know, it was the fact that I was willing to embrace bohemia when I was a young man and give up societal ideals across the board that gave me the freedom to accomplish the things that I've achieved: the fact that I didn't need a car, I didn't need my own apartment and a mortgage and stuff. I could take risks. I was completely about looking for work in my chosen field."I also did lots of other jobs as a young man, from fruit picker to car washer to barman, cocktail waiter, restaurant manager. And they all taught me that there was only one thing I really wanted to do - to act - so I went out and did it. I remember being in Melbourne doing a theatre show with two blokes who still bring this up when we talk; how we were all looking at each other going, 'We're three of the luckiest blokes in the world to be doing professional theatre in Australia in Melbourne.' And it was true."Look, I work at a job, right?" he says. "Just as Jimmy Braddock had a job. It just happened to be that, in the Depression, boxing was the best working-class job you could have. Acting is a similar gig for me." Boxing's a bit different, I suggest, because it can be brutal and dangerous. "So is my job," he says with a grin. "Pen's mightier than the sword, mate."Does that mean it hurts to read those tabloid headlines? Crowe screws up his face, then gets up, grabs my hands and laughs. "Do you want to listen to what you just said? Would it be hurtful for you? Of course it is," he says, rolling his eyes. He sits down. "You have a thick skin, which develops over time, it gets thicker, but... your readers will get it. I don't think there's any need to expand, they've been reading the papers for the last few years."You know, my job is entertainment," he says emphatically. "It's a very simple gig. The other night, I was in this really privileged place. I cracked open the door at a screening of Cinderella Man during the last few minutes. There were cheers, and one girl was just praying. And I was like... all the pain, all the days of boxing, the whacks in the head, the shoulder injury, all of that, just got paid back in those few moments. Whether the film is successful or not, for me the movie has achieved its aim."I've done lots of films now, and I don't live and die on critical response. I'm not hungry, like Jimmy Braddock, in the literal sense any more. But my hunger is my passion for storytelling. I believe that's a really important part of the culture of our life, you know; going into a movie theatre and having that collective experience, being moved, possibly. My privilege is to get to work in this medium. It's the most expensive artistic medium that exists commercially, and I never lose sight of that. That's what's important to me."'Cinderella Man' opens on 9 September
Quote:A note on the Michael Ventre article at MSNBC linked below -- The quote from Russell about giving quietly appeared in the UK Mail article I posted here in August. No where in that article are Bono or Bob Geldorf mentioned. Russell has the highest regard for both men. They were added by the awful site Contact Music. You will remember I stated that I will no longer take items from them. I do add the link to their story about Russell and giving to show how close to slander they can get. Ventre should carefully check the accuracy of his sources before writing an opinion piece.Contact Music: www.contactmusic.com/new/...ampaignersMail: www.murphsplace.com/crowe...28-05.html
Quote:I'm not going to be wandering the streets aimlessly at night trying to experience life any more.
Quote:"It's great, isn't it?" he says, and walks over to the window, looks out over Central Park and seems to drift off...."New York interview," he grins. He sighs, and offers another apology. "I just got a little bit homesick, so that's why the sentences started going out of the window. When we started talking about my child..." He trails off again.
Quote:"No, don't write anything about me having a line of clothing coming out, or my own perfume, 'Eau de ring'," he jokes. "But when I can't sleep at night, I design clothes, and this is something I had made up as a crew gift."
Quote:Does that mean it hurts to read those tabloid headlines? Crowe screws up his face, then gets up, grabs my hands and laughs. "Do you want to listen to what you just said? Would it be hurtful for you? Of course it is," he says, rolling his eyes.
Quote:The other night, I was in this really privileged place. I cracked open the door at a screening of Cinderella Man during the last few minutes.
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Quote:"I just got a little bit homesick, so that's why the sentences started going out of the window. When we started talking about my child..." He trails off again. "Yeah, I haven't seen Danny and Charlie for a few days. And in this town, it's difficult. The time difference is just a pain in the arse and I'm in a hotel downtown, so you're not dealing with world's most sophisticated phone system either, you know what I mean? Getting a line out at a time when I'm free to get to talk to Danny or get Charlie on the computer screen has been hard."
Quote:Just shy and misunderstood?Sep 2 2005By Eileen Condon, Daily Post THE timing might be a bit unfortunate - after all he's just made the headlines for allegedly hitting a hotel worker over the head with a telephone.But, no doubt about it, Russell Crowe reckons his boxing movie The Cinderella Man is a knock out.The actor fought tooth and nail to bring the story of real life rags-to-riches boxer Jim Braddock to the big screen and typically insisted on doing all the fight scenes himself.However, the 41-year-old star, who won an Oscar for his role in the battle-fest Gladiator, reckons boxing is his toughest challenge to date. No contest."This was very physically demanding," he explains.. "It was pretty demanding in the ring. Braddock boxed at 178lbs and he was four inches taller than me, so I had to get skin-nier to recreate his silhouette."The hardy star wasn't put off by the real life knocks he took in the ring either. They included blows to the head, repeated concussions and a number of cracked teeth."The whole thing was really enjoyable," he says with a gleeful grin..However, the New Zealand-born actor says he was more than happy to suffer for his art because he was so determined audiences would know about Braddock.The legendary boxer, who had been a reasonably successful prize-fighter, lost everything in the Depression but driven by a last chance bid to feed his family went back into the ring to take on the heavyweight champ of the world, Max Baer, renowned for having killed two men during boxing bouts.The star was so determined that he persuaded esteemed director Ron Howard, who worked with him on the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind, to take on the project. Actress Renee Zellweger also jumped at the chance to play Braddock's wife Mae."I felt it was really important that Americans be reminded that their abundance has been built on the shoulders of people like Jim Braddock and Mae, hardworking parents who put their children as first priority," explains Russell.The story has an extra resonance these days for the star who has also become a devoted family man.Two years ago he married childhood sweetheart Danielle Spencer and became a dad 21 months ago with the birth of their son Charlie. Now, the besotted actor says family life has changed him forever."Being a dad is fantastic," he beams. "It's changed my life for the better. Fatherhood has made me so much more emotionally available and I've got a really strong relationship with Dani. There are some wonderful things that come into your life with marriage and centring what we have as a marriage around the birth of Charlie, we feel ourselves growing closer together."The family, who are based in Australia, accompany Russell on set wherever possible and it's the fact they weren't by his side which he reckons caused his US telephone rage incident two months ago."It was a little frustration built up over a period of time. I was in the hotel for a week and the phones were just not reliable. I haven't been a husband and a father for that long, and I'm just only getting used to that abject loneliness of being on the road," he says by way of explanation.In fact, the star, who now faces criminal charges for assault, says that far from being aggressive and bad-tempered he's actually just misunderstood."I'm fundamentally quite shy," he insists. "That's why I went into acting. Taking on another character is quite a liberating thing to do if you're shy because within that character framework you can go to all these other places."Shy or not, you still wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of that pretty impressive right hook.
Quote:9/3/05 - The Weekend AustralianTough act to follow - By Peter Craven Russell Crowe the greatest actor of his generation? Peter Craven considers the contendersTHERE'S no doubt that Russell Crowe is a huge star as well as a serious actor. Gladiator director Ridley Scott has described him as the best actor of his generation, a star who dominates Hollywood by the sheer energy and power of his histrionic talent.So is he the Marlon Brando or Robert DeNiro of his day, a great actor who defines his time and against whom others will be measured?Recently London's Old Vic theatre -- now managed by another contender for the mantle of greatness, Kevin Spacey -- released a poll ranking the best British actors of all time. Anthony Hopkins was the top male, just ahead of Laurence Olivier; Judi Dench was top dame, with the remarkable Maggie Smith in fourth place.Names such as those give some perspective to Crowe's relatively recent success.The film in which he first looked like a looming presence in Hollywood was Curtis Hanson's L. A. Confidential in 1997, still one of his best. It featured a brilliant ensemble cast, including fellow Australian Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell and Spacey, and an elaborate James Ellroy plot. Hardly a one-man show.Crowe comes across as a formidable tough guy in the Humphrey Bogart-Lee Marvin-Steve McQueen mode, but the man with the halo round him -- the one who makes you exclaim: ``That fellow can act!'' -- is Spacey as the media-savvy cop with the soft voice that's got a lot of cello in it and that he can make suave or creepy.This was when Spacey was leaving his calling card in a series of films in which he often had a smaller role. Remember The Usual Suspects and how he dominated the last movement of the 1995 Brad Pitt thriller Se7en? He went on to win an Oscar for his performance in American Beauty (1999). As actor-manager of the revived Old Vic, his next role will be RichardII. There's a sense with Spacey of what he can do with Hollywood, whereas with Crowe it's a matter of what Hollywood can do with him.And if we're gauging Crowe's claim to be an actor who is more than a star, wouldn't we have to put him up against the likes of John Malkovich and Sean Penn?Penn is extraordinary in a film such as Hurlyburly, and in everything from Mystic River to 21 Grams he looks like an actor of absolute seriousness and authenticity.As well as Gladiator and Master and Commander, Crowe has given us virtuoso performances in Michael Mann's The Insider and Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind, both of which won him Oscar nominations. Those films involved playing middle-aged, unathletic Americans and both are superb performances in large-scale, mass-appeal dramas.They show Crowe is an actor who potentially can do anything.But is he great? There's a difference between an actor who radiates a belief in his greatness and great acting.It was clear from the outset that he is an extensively equipped actor. Consider his skinhead leader in Romper Stomper. The performance throbbed with life; it was so eloquent, so physically and vocally dangerous that it made you think what a HenryV he would make. Perhaps the flaw in the performance was that Crowe was already playing Henry V. His street thug was so steeped in histrionic glamour that he was not entirely believable as the ugly character he was supposed to be.That's part of the trick with real acting: not to look too good. A star is someone who looks good and is loved for how good he looks. A great actor is someone who transcends that or transfigures it.Burt Lancaster and Dirk Bogarde were stars long before they worked with the great Italian director Luchino Visconti, but who could have predicted their respective performances in The Leopard and Death in Venice on the basis of their earlier careers?Crowe needs to remember that commercial success is not the same thing as artistic achievement. Malkovich was not thinking of being a household name when he played Charlus in Raoul Ruiz's film of Proust's Time Regained. Great acting is about truth, it's not about looking beautiful.Think of Brando, the undisputed greatest American actor of his generation. Think of the brutality of his Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, a vitality so visceral and intense that it provoked Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois, a naturally beautiful actor, into the performance of her life. Think of the iconoclastic roughness -- like a union leader with a mob -- of his ``Friends, Romans, countrymen'' as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar. Or the dark depth of feeling in the face of every indignity and self-exposure he achieves in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris. Or the plain power and authority, that rustle of pure ruthlessness, of his Don Corleone in The Godfather.But then, as Glenda Jackson once said, ``Think of what Hollywood did with Brando.'' It had the greatest actor of his time but it only occasionally cast him in films worthy of him. John Gielgud wanted to take him back to England when he was in his 20s to play the great classical roles, but Brando said no and his Antony remains a poignant reminder of the classical actor he might have been.De Niro fared better, partly because of a new wave of directors, in particular Martin Scorsese. He was fortunate, too, to make a masterpiece with Bertolucci: 1900 (with another great actor in Gerard Depardieu).Then there are the Scorsese-De Niro movies that are the triumphs of an actor who is great enough to show his ugliness. The alienated crazy in Taxi Driver, menacing himself in the mirror; the fat, dumb tragic hulk of a boxer in Raging Bull; and, in one of the most excruciatingly great performances in cinema history, his Rupert Pupkin in The King of Comedy. But today De Niro sends his greatness out to work for him. You don't need the greatest American actor since Brando to play the father in the Meet the Parents-Meet the Fockers films.Crowe should remember that playing the noble tough guy can be a version of trying to look pretty. It can be a far cry from Olivier's mincing nastiness in Richard III or his music hall comedian in The Entertainer. Or what Al Pacino made of the evolution of Michael Corleone, let alone what he can do with the little men he plays.Crowe has described himself as the equivalent of a very expensive car. Has he ever thought of Olivier's case (spurning a life as a Hollywood star for the stage) or Paul Scofield, who didn't bother to pick up his Oscar for A Man for All Seasons but whom the British acting profession reveres as its greatest living practitioner? Does he think what it is that drives Mel Gibson to play Hamlet with Franco Zeffirelli or to direct films about Christ in Aramaic?Crowe is at that point where he's the monster man they want on the billboards. It was admirable that he wanted to film Murray Bail's novel Eucalyptus and it was a pity that it fell through.Of course in one respect he has been a tremendous diplomat: he refuses to speak in anything other than his Anzac tones, except where a character has to have an American accent. So we have an Australian-accented Gladiator and captain of the Royal Navy circa 1800. This shows an extraordinary self-possession.But stardom tends to be a Sunset Boulevard. Being a star is a matter of being in fashion and fashion dates.Crowe should remember that although great acting may piggyback on stardom, it's a different thing. I wonder what lists he'll be on when he's 75.
Quote:I'm mulling it over and deciding whether to be angry.
Apr 8 07 8:21 PM
Quote:A star is someone who looks good and is loved for how good he looks. A great actor is someone who transcends that or transfigures it.
Quote:we need to give Peter Craven credit for actually taking acting seriously and writing about Russell Crowe the actor and not the celebrity
Quote:Ever heard of a movie called "The Insider" ?
Quote:he also calls it a 'large scale, mass-appeal' movie. D'uh!
Quote:Russell may have been making films since '90 but he's only had 'power' for the past 5 years. A little too early to write him off as being in a rut.
Quote:I don't think that's what he's doing. I think he wants it to appear as if that's what he's doing, but in actuality (IMO) it's just another venue for some cheap shots.
Quote:'large scale, mass-appeal' movie
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Quote:Of course in one respect he has been a tremendous diplomat: he refuses to speak in anything other than his Anzac tones, except where a character has to have an American accent. So we have an Australian-accented Gladiator and captain of the Royal Navy circa 1800. This shows an extraordinary self-possession.
Quote:But is he great? There's a difference between an actor who radiates a belief in his greatness and great acting.
Quote:This article just highlights how impossible it is to really pin Russell down.
Quote:some director was telling him ...ure like a ferrari
Quote: Michael Mann thinks Crowe is "a young Marlon Brando." "Let me put it this way," Mann says. "He walked the way Wigand should walk, even if Wigand didn't walk that way OK? Russell makes you work harder because, wow, I've got a 425-horsepower Ferrari here, and I could really go, 'Let's go, man!' "
Quote:With all the "What Crowe should remembers ..." in there, I read it as questioning the validity of the critical acclaim he has achieved. As in putting a pin in what the writer thinks is his overly inflated value.
Apr 8 07 9:18 PM
Quote:Craven...I just ignore; he doesn't have the weight or the writing ability.
Quote:rabid little pit bull for the collective angry mob, reptilian brain mentality
Apr 8 07 9:41 PM
Quote:I was just watching Larry King, and Harry Connick is on saying that various celebs had contacted him asking what they could do, and he was rather amazed and said that he was a big fan of his (Russell's) and that Russell had called him and wanted to know what he could do to help. Harry said he'd be contacting him about getting a house built.
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