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Russell Crowe and Master and Commander
Monthly Column
January 2003

Happy New Year!

Some of you may have already seen previews of Russell Crowe’s new movie, Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World, scheduled to open in June 2003.  

The preview shows many action shots of the ship in the stormy seas and in battle.  It also shows Crowe in full period uniform.  These are all things to look forward to, but what caught my attention the most were the brief shots of Crowe's depth-filled, brilliant, facial expressions in close-up.  Hopefully there will be more of these in the film.  So from the preview, the movie will be a combination of action as well as close-ups of Crowe at his best—acting.

This movie renewed my interest in this genre.  I have seen the Clark Gable version of “Mutiny on the Bounty.”  And so when the Marlon Brando version was on, I watched.  It also starred the late Richard Harris as one of the crew mates.  Unfortunately, this version did not have a happy ending for Brando, but I enjoyed watching him at work.  I’ve seen Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Godfather movies, and even as the father in Superman and yes, Marlon Brando has screen presence.

It’s the kind of screen presence that makes me think of Crowe.  So whatever label you might give your favorite actors, I would agree with all who say that as far as screen presence, Marlon Brando and Russell Crowe definitely have resemblance. 

What are their many differences?  For starters, they have different birthdays.

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Congratulations to Paul Newman’s Golden Globe nomination for his work in Road To Perdition.  Here is an earlier article about the movie.  Here is incredible ebook on Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.

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Also, while watching Larry King Live with James Lipton as the guest, it was revealed that Paul Newman was the very first guest in Bravo’s “Inside the Actors' Studio” series. 

Also, after showing a lengthy list of celebrities who have been guests in the "Inside The Actors' Studio," it was surprising to see that Larry King ends the segment by mentioning Russell Crowe.  He asks James Lipton what Lipton thinks of Russell Crowe as an actor.  Lipton replies by saying that Russell Crowe is a very, very good actor, who is British-trained because he is from Australia.  Lipton repeats by saying Russell Crowe is a very good actor who went from being a warrior to a schizophrenic.  It will be interesting “when/if” Russell Crowe will appear in “Inside the Actors' Studio.”  If he does, it will be interesting what tidbits of Russell Crowe’s past Lipton will bring about.  There's a good chance we all may know it already.  If not, Lipton continues to prove he is really good at research.

 

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