Crowe accepts the ALS challenge and nominates Alan Doyle, Hugh Jackman and Scott Graves.
Crowe plays Jor-El in the DC comics film, Man of Steel. There is unrest on the world of Krypton. An unstable core leaves Jor-El no other choice but to launch his son in a spacecraft towards Earth. Years after landing in Smallville, Kansas, Kal-El has learned how to control his superhuman abilities and is now on a quest to figure out his origins. Co-starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, and Diane Lane.
That’s how it was connecting me. The question that Jor-El faces, the situation that he’s in…The biggest personal battle is to take your naturally born infant son and send him away.
Crowe plays the title character in the action adventure film Noah. The ‘Creator’ has chosen Noah to build an Ark for his family and every animal in the world. An apocalyptic flood will come in a few months to cleanse the world of all the sinners. Co-starring Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Watson.
To me it was, I just got to find the human in this. I have to get rid of the resonance, get rid of the allegory. All of these things that the movie may add up to. I just got to find this bloke.
Fallon and Russell Crowe perform the Johnny Cash classic, Folsom Prison Blues. Fallon plays the harmonica, while Crowe sings and plays the guitar.
Crowe plays Pearly Soames in the fantasy drama film, Winter’s Tale. After Peter Lake realizes that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save his deceased love. However, Peter cannot remember much about anything. That is until he meets Virginia who helps him uncover the truths of his past. Co-starring Colin Farrell, Will Smith, and Jennifer Connelly.
I had a great time working with Colin. I think he was very focused and very serious on bringing out all the aspects of his character.
Crowe plays Mayor Nicholas Hostetler in the crime drama, Broken City. Mayor Hostetler runs New York City under his own rules. He will do what it takes to win the next election, even if it means framing ex-detective Billy Taggart, played by Mark Wahlberg. Co-starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.
This type of thriller, you gotta play your cards very carefully. And you gotta keep some information up your sleeve. Like in L.A. Confidential…
Crowe plays Javert in the film musical, Les Misérables. Taken straight from the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-prisoner who is hunted by Inspector Javert for breaking his parole. Javert eventually turns his life around by must now deal with the political events of his time such as the 1832 Paris uprising. Co-starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried.
I didn’t like the character in the stage show. I didn’t respond to it at all, I just thought it was ugly simplistic…. I couldn’t follow why he came to the conclusions that he came to.
Crowe plays Jack Knife in the action film The Man with the Iron Fists. When a shipment of gold is announced that it will pass through Jungle Village, warrior thieves and assassins do what it takes to get a piece of the treasure. It is now up to the village warriors to protect their city from destruction and corruption. Co-starring RZA, Lucy Liu, and Rick Yune. On working with director Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (RZA):
Bobby’s a really, really beautiful man. He’s a really nice guy. I think we have a really strong friendship. I kept saying to him, me being there changes the dynamic…
Crowe plays John Brennan in the crime drama, The Next Three Days. There is overwhelming evidence that indicates Lara Brennan murdered her boss, but her husband John doesn’t believes she’s innocent. After three years of unsuccessful court appeals, John’s last hope is to break his wife out of jail. Co-starring Elizabeth Banks.
I thought it was very interesting that at a certain point the questions of legality and illegality leave his mind and he’s only thinking about justice…
Crowe plays Robin Longstride in the action adventure Robin Hood. In the 13th century, a mounting French invasion threatens the crown. Longstride must help the village of Nottingham, prevent further political corruption, and thwart the French invaders. Co-starring Cate Blanchett.
Sherwood Forest is made up of a few different places… We got permission from the Queen to shoot in places that they hadn’t actually allowed the public into before.
Crowe is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame under the category of Motion Pictures. Jay Leno, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Snoop Dogg, and Sam Worthington attend the ceremony to honor Crowe and his accomplishments.
I’ve turned it down a number of times before because I didn’t think I’d done enough. But now I sort of got to the point where gee whiz if I don’t say yes soon, they’ll probably stop asking so I might as well get it done.
Crowe plays journalist Cal McAffrey in the drama, State of Play. After the death of a US Congressman’s assistant, Cal uses his law enforcement contacts to get better story. Smelling a corporate cover-up tied to the politician, he must decide if his life is worth the risk of uncovering the truth. Co-starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Helen Mirren.
I really didn’t want to do it. Then I read it, and there was a sequence in the film where it just hit me and I got the goose bumps and I just went, ‘okay.’
Crowe plays Ed Hoffman in the action thriller, Body of Lies. Hoffman must lead CIA agent Roger Ferris who is stationed in Jordan. Both men are closing in on a terrorist leader who has been responsible for bombings across Europe, but in order to work together, they must learn how to get over each other’s differences. Co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio. On working with director Ridley Scott:
I like working with Ridley. He has a certain energy and an artistry that I really respect and admire and enjoy the rhythms on his set.
Crowe plays Richie Roberts in the biographical crime drama, American Gangster. Roberts leads a narcotics task force to that is assigned to take down heroin drug dealer Frank Lucas. Lucas, who is the largest importer of the drug in Harlem, will do what it takes to keep his business running. Co-starring Denzel Washington, Josh Brolin, and Carla Gugino. On working with producer Bryan Grazer:
This is my third movie with Bryan… when he called me about this… the line that he used was, ‘his storytelling instincts were on fire,’ and he just knew this was a movie that should be made.
Crowe plays outlaw Ben Wade in the western 3:10 to Yuma. When a job to escort the most infamous outland in the land to Contention presents itself, small time rancher Dan Evans volunteers. Now he must fight for his life as Wade’s crew tries to disrupt the convoy and rescue their leader. Co-starring Christian Bale. Bale on working with Crowe:
A lot of actors complain and winge and do everything to avoid actually getting on with the work. So it’s nice when you’re working with someone like Russell where you can just get to the point.
Crowe plays Max Skinner in the drama A Good Year. London based investment broker Skinner has just inherited his Uncle Henry’s Provence château. His intentions of selling the property are interrupted after Skinner experiences the beauties of the countryside. Co-starring Albert Finney.
Any film that starts with a 14-year-old boy smoking a cigar, drinking red wine and cheating at chess, sets you up for a good few hours.
The actor purchases a 75% stake in the Australian Rugby Leagues South Sydney Rabbitohs. His bid was barely approved by the club’s members. 75.8% of the 75% voting requirement favored the takeover.
My last words to members were ‘Let’s vote yes, let’s get into bed together. I hope you respect me in the morning.’
The actor wins his first Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of mathematician John Nash in A Beautiful Mind. He wins the award over fellow nominees: Will Smith, Kevin Spacey, Billy Bob Thornton, and Denzel Washington.
A Beautiful Mind is just a movie. It’s just a piece of entertainment at the end of the day folks. But hopefully it helps us open our hearts, gives us a little more understanding, gives us a little more compassion, and also, hopefully it gives us the belief that in our lives something extraordinary can always happen.
Crowe plays John Nash in the biographical drama A Beautiful Mind. The film tells the story of how the Princeton graduate overcame adversity and was able to change the world of mathematics. He eventually went on to teach at M.I.T and win the Nobel Prize. Co-starring Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, and Christopher Plummer.
I love my job. I love working on feature films. I love characterizations. But I don’t necessarily love the character.
The actor wins his first Academy Award for his portrayal of Maximus in Gladiator. He wins the award over fellow nominees: Javier Bardem, Tom Hanks, Ed Harris and Geoffrey Rush. On accepting his award:
A dream like this seems kind of vaguely ludicrous and completely unattainable. But this moment is directly connected to those childhood imaginings. And for anyone who is on the downside of advantage, relying purely on courage, it’s possible.
Crowe plays Maximus in the period drama Gladiator. On his death bed, Roman Emperor Aurelius names General Maximus to be his heir over his own son. Angered, the emperor’s son imprisons Maximus and enrolls him in the gladiator games. With vengeance on his mind, Maximus slowly wins support with each victory. Co-starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Man I had a lot of fun with Ridley. He’s a great chap and an incredible artist.
Crowe plays Wendell ‘Bud’ White in the crime drama L.A. Confidential. Set in the streets of L.A. in the 1950’s, three cops with very different law enforcing methods must work together to solve multiple homicides in a local diner. Being the hot head of the trio, White is known to bend the rules when solving his crimes. Co-starring Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger.
Kim is a really lovely woman and a very fine actress and we had a lot of fun together. She’s a great dancer, Kim. And we spun around that floor.