Russell Crowe discusses Unhinged character’s rage issues

Russell Crowe has talked about the intricacies of portraying a rageful character in his new thriller Unhinged.In the film, Crowe plays the part of Tom Hunter, a stalker who torments a woman following a road rage incident.Crowe told an interview with th…

Russell Crowe has talked about the intricacies of portraying a rageful character in his new thriller Unhinged.

In the film, Crowe plays the part of Tom Hunter, a stalker who torments a woman following a road rage incident.

Crowe told an interview with the BBC Online that playing the character required him to stay inside a single emotional range – anger – which proved challenging.

“The singular nature of that rage, is actually a complicated thing to achieve, because you’re used to coming into the room as an actor, you’ve got to bring your bag of tricks, the experience, all these different things to play complicated people and spread this gigantic tapestry up,” the Gladiator actor said.

He continued: “With this guy, you don’t get the opportunity to use any of those parts of you, that humanity, that sense of humour, charm.”

The part tapped into a wave of increasingly widespread anger, he added: “I started to realise this type of rage is happening continuously all over the place, that seems to be a place we’ve arrived at in Western society.”

Musing: “For our example it’s a guy using a car as a weapon, but it’s also people stepping into places of worship, schools, nightclubs, and opening fire,” Crowe told the interviewer this societal theme was one reason he accepted the role.

“That’s why it became clear to me that the movie was saying something much more important,” he stated.

Unhinged is due for release on 31 July.

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Russell Crowe reveals Gladiator guilt

Russell Crowe felt guilty about the attention surrounding him following the success of Gladiator.The actor received a best actor Oscar in 2001 for his role in the historical drama, but felt it was unfair for him to receive the lion’s share of public …

Russell Crowe felt guilty about the attention surrounding him following the success of Gladiator.

The actor received a best actor Oscar in 2001 for his role in the historical drama, but felt it was unfair for him to receive the lion’s share of public praise.

Russell, who played Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius in the film, admits his feelings overshadowed the accolades as he believed director Ridley Scott deserved more recognition.

“It is a director’s film…,” Russell explained during an interview on Australian show Today. “Why did I get all the attention, when the Academy Award belongs to Ridley Scott?'”

The 56-year-old says the guilt set in again when he recently watched a screening of the 2000 movie at the Colosseum in Rome.

“(After starring in Gladiator), I got so many pats on the back, and, you know, I got some big awards and all that, and obviously that sort of stepped me up to a different level for quite some time,” he said.

In Gladiator, Russell’s high-ranking Roman general character was forced into slavery before seeking revenge against the corrupt emperor who killed his family.

The actor recently admitted he almost turned down the iconic role because he wasn’t impressed with the initial script.

“It was just so bad,” he laughed during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “The producer didn’t know I’d actually already been able to get a copy, but the thing he said was, ‘I don’t want to send you the document we have because you won’t respond to it, but I want to encourage you to have a meeting with Ridley Scott and here’s the thing that I want you to think about: it’s 180 AD, you’re a Roman general and you’re being directed by Ridley Scott. Just think about that.'”

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Tenet postponed until August

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming blockbuster Tenet has been postponed once again. While many studios officials reshuffled their release calendars in response to cinemas closing due to the coronavirus crisis, Warner Bros. executives and Nolan refused to bu…

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming blockbuster Tenet has been postponed once again.

While many studios officials reshuffled their release calendars in response to cinemas closing due to the coronavirus crisis, Warner Bros. executives and Nolan refused to budge from Tenet’s 17 July release date for months. However, earlier in June, they announced they were finally postponing it by two weeks to 31 July, and on Thursday, they revealed they were pushing it back by almost two more weeks to 12 August.

“Warner Bros. is committed to bringing Tenet to audiences in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it’s time,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. “In this moment what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this as a traditional movie release. We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy.”

Earlier in June, Warner Bros. announced that Nolan’s movie Inception would be re-released in cinemas on 17 July – Tenet’s original date – to celebrate its 10th anniversary, but this has been postponed until 31 July.

Cinemas have reopened in some U.S. states and there are plans for more around the world to follow suit in early July. However, movie theatres in New York and Los Angeles – America’s biggest markets – will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Currently, Disney’s Mulan is scheduled to be the first studio blockbuster to be released in cinemas following their closure, but it is widely believed that this will be pushed back from its 24 July date too.

Russell Crowe’s independent thriller Unhinged is set for release in the U.S. on 10 July and in the U.K. on 17 July, while romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery is scheduled to open in America on 17 July.

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Nicholas Hoult glad he’s finished playing True History of the Kelly Gang villain

Nicholas Hoult is happy to see the back of his True History of the Kelly Gang character because he had to act out “horrible things every day” during the shoot. In Justin Kurzel’s reimagined story of the famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, the British …

Nicholas Hoult is happy to see the back of his True History of the Kelly Gang character because he had to act out “horrible things every day” during the shoot.

In Justin Kurzel’s reimagined story of the famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, the British actor played a lecherous police constable alongside George MacKay and Russell Crowe.

In an interview with GQ Hype, the X-Men: First Class star admitted he disliked playing the villain because the character’s actions didn’t sit well with him.

“I remember there was a scene in The Kelly Gang where I had to hold a gun to a baby’s head. My son was around the same age and it was really difficult in many ways,” he confessed. “It was actually quite horrible to do that. I was glad to not be playing that character any more, if I’m honest, because it was just doing horrible things every day at work. And that’s not something that sat too well.”

The 30-year-old, who has a two-year-old son, encountered a string of bad luck while filming the movie in Victoria, Australia. He was attacked by magpies while riding his bike into town and ended up veering off the road and into a tree, and he was also hospitalised after a blank from a prop gun backfired into his eyes.

Nicholas also recalled the time the director brought a Shetland pony into scene while he was completely naked.

“I guess this character is a very relaxed sexual predator or whatever, but it’s never comfortable being naked on set, around 15, 30 or 100 people that you don’t know,” he explained. “In my mind, I’m like, ‘This pony just got lured in here with a carrot. I’m sitting here naked. It’s looking at me like I’m a tasty snack.’ I froze.”

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Tenet release postponed by two weeks

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie Tenet will now be released on 31 July. While many studios officials reshuffled their release calendars in response to cinemas closing due to the coronavirus crisis, Warner Bros. executives and Nolan refused to budg…

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie Tenet will now be released on 31 July.

While many studios officials reshuffled their release calendars in response to cinemas closing due to the coronavirus crisis, Warner Bros. executives and Nolan refused to budge from Tenet’s 17 July release date for months. However, late last week, studio bosses announced that they were postponing its cinema release – by two weeks to 31 July.

And to mark what would have been Tenet’s release day, they will re-release Nolan’s 2010 movie Inception in cinemas to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

“We’re especially thrilled, in this complex and rapidly changing environment, to be bringing Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, a global tentpole of jaw-dropping size, scope and scale, to theaters around the world on July 31,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, in a statement. “It’s been longer than any of us could’ve imagined since we’ve seen a movie on the big screen, and to acknowledge Chris’ fans as we count down to Tenet’s opening day, we are also excited to offer his masterpiece Inception in theatres for its 10th anniversary on July 17.”

A representative for the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the organisation which has been working closely with Nolan on the plan to reopen cinemas, added, “Over these last months we have been keeping Warner Bros. closely informed of our work towards reopening our theatres in accordance with governmental health and safety requirements, and we are looking forward to audiences enjoying Tenet in our theatres all around the world on July 31st.”

Russell Crowe’s thriller Unhinged, which was set to be released in cinemas on 1 July, has been moved to 10 July, the same opening weekend as Sony’s romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery. These are set to be the first two new releases to screen in reopened movie theatres.

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The Broken Hearts Gallery to be first major studio release post-lockdown

Selena Gomez production The Broken Hearts Gallery is set to be the first major studio release to hit cinemas once they reopen. Most movie theatres around the world have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but over 500 location…

Selena Gomez production The Broken Hearts Gallery is set to be the first major studio release to hit cinemas once they reopen.

Most movie theatres around the world have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but over 500 locations have reopened in the U.S., with more permitted to follow this month.

It was expected that Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet, starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, would be the first major studio film to be released in reopened cinemas on 17 July, but it has now been announced that Sony’s The Broken Hearts Gallery, produced by Gomez, will debut a week before on 10 July.

The romantic comedy follows a brokenhearted New York museum curator who starts collecting objects connected to breakups and writes about it on her blog. It marks Natalie Krinsky’s directorial debut and stars Blockers actress Geraldine Viswanathan, Stranger Things’ Dacre Montgomery, Pitch Perfect’s Utkarsh Ambudkar, and models Suki Waterhouse and Taylor Hill.

“Hearing from more female writers and directors is very much needed. Natalie is a wonderful talent and I am happy to be a part of her debut film,” Gomez said in a statement. “I understand people’s concerns regarding returning to activities we all loved prior to Covid-19. I hope everyone will listen to scientists’ recommendations and consider others’ health and safety while enjoying the movie theatre experience.”

Sony’s Motion Picture Group president Josh Greenstein added, “Now more than ever, The Broken Hearts Gallery will resonate with audiences ready for a feel-good moviegoing experience this summer. We have faith in a theatrical rebound, and we look forward to being there right out of the gate with our exhibition partners’ anticipated reemergence, as – and when – state-by-state safety guidelines are met.”

The thriller Unhinged, starring Russell Crowe, it set to be the first post-lockdown cinema release, with a U.S. opening on 1 July, but The Broken Hearts Gallery is set to be the first major studio release.

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Russell Crowe to play mobster in American Son

Russell Crowe has signed up to star in upcoming thriller American Son.The 56-year-old Oscar winner will be appearing as a mobster in the movie, which will be directed by Andrew ‘Rapman’ Onwubolu from a screenplay by Dennis Lehane.According to Variety, …

Russell Crowe has signed up to star in upcoming thriller American Son.

The 56-year-old Oscar winner will be appearing as a mobster in the movie, which will be directed by Andrew ‘Rapman’ Onwubolu from a screenplay by Dennis Lehane.

According to Variety, the movie centres around a man who, after falling under the control of a ruthless mobster, played by Crowe, while in prison, builds a multiracial crime syndicate, takes down his mentor, and teams up the Italian and Russian mafias. Executives at film studio Paramount will now begin their search for the movie’s protagonist.

American Son is based on the acclaimed French film A Prophet, which followed an Arab man who is sent to a French prison, where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

That film, directed by Jacques Audiard, won the Grand Prix at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Oscars.

The casting news follows the recent announcement that Crowe’s thriller Unhinged will be released on 1 July, making it the first film to return to cinemas once the coronavirus lockdown ends and movie theatres reopen. However, the tentative July reopen is subject to change depending on the progress made with tackling the virus.

Crowe was recently seen portraying real-life bushranger Harry Power in The True History of the Kelly Gang and disgraced TV executive Roger Ailes in TV miniseries The Loudest Voice.

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Russell Crowe’s Unhinged aiming to be first film back in U.S. cinemas

Russell Crowe’s new movie will serve as the first major release in the U.S. if plans to reopen cinema chains go ahead in July.Bosses at Solstice Studios have decided to bring forward the release of thriller Unhinged to 1 July so it can be in theatres a…

Russell Crowe’s new movie will serve as the first major release in the U.S. if plans to reopen cinema chains go ahead in July.

Bosses at Solstice Studios have decided to bring forward the release of thriller Unhinged to 1 July so it can be in theatres as soon as they re-open, in time for America’s Independence Day holiday weekend.

Some states in the U.S. are beginning to lift lockdown restrictions and allow more businesses to reopen, while movie theatres are also welcoming customers in Texas, according to editors at Variety.

However, U.S. President Donald Trump has been heavily criticised for risking the lives of millions of Americans by focusing on restarting the economy instead, as infections in the country hit more than 1.4 million, with almost 84,000 deaths.

It’s also still unclear whether cinema chains in Los Angeles and New York City will be back in business by July.

Solstice president and chief executive officer Mark Gill told Deadline that he had spoken to movie theatre owners and John Fithian, head of the National Association of Theatre Owners, before he made the decision.

And he revealed he was prompted to take action to avoid being up against John Krasinski’s highly-anticipated sequel A Quiet Place: Part II, which was moved from its March release date to September.

“We were sitting on September 4 and then Covid-19 happened, and A Quiet Place 2 moved out of its original slot and landed on our date. When you are in a speedboat and a giant ship is coming at you, you better move out of the way,” Gill explained. “We looked at the rest of the year, fall/winter and spring 2021. The release schedule was already crowded, and when you add all the films that have been delayed, it made (us) think that maybe we go sooner.”

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Russell Crowe was told ‘out of touch’ Gladiator would be a flop

Russell Crowe was warned that his historical epic Gladiator would be a flop because it was “out of touch”.The 56-year-old actor reflected on making Ridley Scott’s critically-acclaimed 2000 movie to celebrate its 20th anniversary and revealed that he wa…

Russell Crowe was warned that his historical epic Gladiator would be a flop because it was “out of touch”.

The 56-year-old actor reflected on making Ridley Scott’s critically-acclaimed 2000 movie to celebrate its 20th anniversary and revealed that he was told once he’d finished shooting that the film was seen to be old-fashioned.

“Most people had already sort of written it off from a business point of view. They didn’t know anything about it,” he told Variety. “What they heard was that it was a ‘sword and sandal’ epic, you know, the cliche that they used to call things like that. They thought that was such an out-of-touch step to make.”

He recalled having a candid conversation with a friend in Hollywood who then expressed concern that the big-budget blockbuster was going to fail at the box office.

“I was talking to him about how difficult the shoot had been because just being honest, it was tricky and it was exhausting and it took everything I had. So I was discussing it in those terms, and he took that as a negative,” Crowe explained, noting that he was told that at least he had the critically-acclaimed L.A. Confidential to fall back on.

He continued: “And I went out of that meeting and talked about it with my agent, I was like, ‘Is that what people really think?’ And he goes, ‘Well, yep.'”

Crowe went on to win the Best Actor Oscar in 2001 for his performance as Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius, and the historical epic also scooped the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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Russell Crowe still regrets turning down Johnny Cash biopic

Russell Crowe backed out of portraying Johnny Cash in acclaimed biopic Walk The Line because he didn’t think he had earned the right to play one of his musical heroes. The Gladiator star, who fronted his own rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, reveals he…

Russell Crowe backed out of portraying Johnny Cash in acclaimed biopic Walk The Line because he didn’t think he had earned the right to play one of his musical heroes.

The Gladiator star, who fronted his own rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, reveals he was offered the role in the 2005 movie but turned it down.

“It was one of those things of internal morality,” the actor told Nova FM’s Fitzy and Wippa. “It was like, ‘This is a dream job for me!’ I’d been playing, singing Johnny Cash songs since I was a little boy, but I felt that I would be then getting stuff that I hadn’t earned… It just felt wrong to me.”

His Gladiator co-star Joaquin Phoenix eventually landed the role of Cash and Crowe admits it’s still the part he most regrets turning down.

“From the very first notes, when the camera is pushing through the prison, the knife jabs in the heart began,” he said. “Not only did I want to do the movie, but it was the exact kind of movie I wanted to do.”

Crowe then revealed that he and Cash became friends before the country music legend died and the singer, known as the Man in Black, was a big fan of Gladiator – and wrote a letter to the actor telling him so.

The Oscar winner also recently revealed he turned down the role of Aragorn in director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, because he didn’t think his fellow New Zealander really wanted him on set.

“I didn’t think Peter Jackson actually wanted me on the film,” he told radio host Howard Stern. “I think he was forced into talking to me, because there was a moment in time where everybody wanted me in every (movie).

“I can (still) hear his voice… and my instinct was that he had somebody else in mind, which turned out to be Viggo (Mortensen). And he should be allowed to hire whoever he wants.”

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