Five Odd Facts About Russell Crowe

Odd Facts About Russell CroweRussell Crowe is an leading actor from New Zealand. He is known for his work in the movies Gladiator (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), LA Confidential (1997), and Les Misérables (2012). He is also appearing in the upcoming film, Noah (2014) as the title character. While Russell Crowe may appear to be a normal person, there are some peculiar facts about him that may surprise you. The following are five odd facts about Russell Crowe:

 

THE ANGRY MAN

Apparently, Russell Crowe has quite a temper. He has copped an attitude with people both on and off the movie set and several people have refused to work with him. He has been in fights in New Zealand and London. While in New York in 2005, Crowe was arrested for second-degree assault after he hit a concierge at the Mercer Hotel with a telephone. He pleaded guilty to the charges.

 

ROCK STAR

Russell Crowe is an avid musician when he isn’t performing on the silver screen. In the 1980s, he was in a band known as “Roman Antix”, a rockabilly duo where Crowe sang and played lead guitar. He went under the name, Russ le Roq. This later turned into his band, “30 Odd Foot of Grunts” in 1992. This band released three albums from 1992-2005. Currently Crowe is singing in the band “Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God” which formed soon after the Grunts broke up/evolved. Note: both of his last two bands go by the initials TOFOG.

 

MISSED IT BY THIS MUCH

Russell Crowe has been in many famous movies, but there are a couple that he missed due to other projects or different choices by the producers. In 1999, he was passed up to play Wolverine in the X-Men series. The part went to Dougray Scott who then passed the reins to the now-familiar Hugh Jackman. Jackman and Crowe would co-star in the movie Les Misérables. Another part Crowe didn’t end up playing was the role of Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Crowe turned down the part because he was already starring in “A Beautiful Mind“. The part went to Viggo Mortensen, who ironically, also tried out for the part of Wolverine.

Odd Facts About Russell Crowe

Could Russell Crowe have been “The Croweverine”?

 

GOT HIS BIG BREAK AS A CROSS DRESSER

Russell Crowe may now play the macho type man, but in 1973, he was “found” by British actor/director, Daniel Abineri, while Crowe was performing in the New Zealand production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. In the musical, Crowe played the parts of Eddie and Dr. Scott, where he was required to wear a corset and stockings. It’s a far cry from his Gladiator days when he just wore a Roman skirt.

 

KIDNAP VICTIM?

In 2001, while on the set of A Beautiful Mind, Russell Crowe was approached by the FBI and warned of a plot by a then-barely-known terrorist group known as al Qaida. Apparently, the US government had picked up some reports that the bin Laden-led organization had a plot to kidnap Hollywood actors and use him in an act of terror. He was supposed to be abducted before the Oscars because al Qaida was “taking iconographic Americans out of the picture as sort of a cultural destabilisation plot”, said Crowe to the BBC in 2005. Crowe initially scoffed at the information, but the FBI ended up following him around for the next four years. He would go onto win the Best Actor award at the 2001 Oscars.