"I think my reputation is something that I'll probably try to spend the rest of my life living it down and it probably won't work."
—Crowe, interview with Steve Kroft for 60 Minutes
Russell Crowe is an Oscar-winning actor from New Zealand/Australia, although he frequently plays Fake Americans. Among his more famous starring roles were in Gladiator (as an Ancient Roman general/gladiator; Oscar winner), A Beautiful Mind (as a brilliant yet troubled mathematician; Oscar nominated), and The Insider (as a corporate whistleblower; Oscar nominated). As a musician he was formerly in the line up of a band called "30 Odd Foot of Grunts". Most recently,[when?] he has been cast as Jor-El in Zack Snyder's reboot of the Superman franchise and as Javert in the upcoming[when?] film adaptation of the musical Les Misérables.
After several highly publicized fights, he has gained a reputation for his temper. He once headbutted the actor Peter Cousens and threw a telephone at a hotel concierge. The American Secret Service protected Crowe for a time when Al Qaeda allegedly threatened his life as some sort of destabilization plan that involved eliminating iconic Americans (despite not being American...).
He is also known for being sex personified.
- Berserk Button: Don't edit Russell Crowe's poetry, ya testicle!
- Fake American: Many of his famous roles.
- Fake Brit: A Good Year, Master and Commander, Robin Hood