Though perhaps best-known internationally for playing tough-guy roles in Romper Stomper (1993), L.A. Confidential (1997), and Gladiator (2000), New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe has proven himself equally capable of playing gentler roles in films such as Proof (1991) and The Sum of Us (1992). No matter what kind of characters he plays, Crowe’s weather-beaten handsomeness and gruff charisma combine to make him constantly watchable: his one-time Hollywood mentor Sharon Stone has called him “the sexiest guy working in movies today.”
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 7, 1964, Crowe was raised in Australia from the age of four. His parents made their living by catering movie shoots, and often brought Crowe with them to work; it was while hanging around the various sets that he developed a passion for acting. After making his professional debut in an episode of the television series Spyforce when he was six, Crowe took a 12-year break from professional acting, netting his… read more
Yo Ridley! Enough casting this man as the lesser of two actors! It doesn't work at all; he totally overshadowed the 'main' characters in "American Gangster" and "Body of Lies." He's able to procure empathy from the audience regardless of what kind of archetype you force him into and he's at least among the top five exceptionally talented A-list men working today. I'll be seeing "The Man with the Iron Fists" simply to see how Russell will make such a departure of a character work. And he will.
“I’d like to thank Paramount and Regency for backing my team’s work to breathe new life into the biblical epic. I rejoice that Russell Crowe will be by my side on this adventure. It’s his immense talent that helps me to sleep at night. I look forward to being wowed by him every day." –Aronosfky
Loved him and Hugo Weaving in "Proof", loved him even more in "L.A. Confidential" with Guy Pearce and "The Insider" with Pacino. Wish he'd get more roles like that - not necessarily joined with another actor, but it's interesting to see how he interacts with them. Want to see him in "Romper Stomper" and "Virtuosity"...would love to see him in something by say the likes of Haneke or von Trier. May never happen but who knows!