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Russell Crowe movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include 'Gladiator,' 'A Denzel Washington will receive the 47th American Film Institute's (AFI) Life . The actor, director and producer is expanding his relationship with the. He's auctioning off part of Denzel Washington's chair, prop horses from 'Gladiator ,' and a protective thong to celebrate his divorce. Tough love: Ridley Scott (right) directing Russell Crowe Throughout the slow development process, Denzel Washington was frequently.
The director had wanted to film a Vietnam sequence in Thailand and to cast notable names such as Ray Liotta and John C. Reilly in minor roles. To add to the studio's budgetary concerns, Fuqua was rewriting the script during the preproduction process.
The director also did not have a shot-list, final locations, and supporting actors signed to initiate production. He wears nice clothes and drives fancy cars and all that, so if that means glorifying it I guess that's the case.
But for me I was looking at the arc of the character, and he don't look that glorious right now. Washington returned to his role as Lucas, and Russell Crowe was attached to star as Roberts.
The director reviewed Zaillian's script, Terry George's rewrite, and a revision by Richard Price during the project's incarnation with director Antoine Fuqua. Scott preferred Zaillian's approach and chose to follow it. In realizing the project, the director encountered a challenge in the script since the characters Frank Lucas and Richie Roberts do not encounter each other until twenty minutes before the end of the film.
The director sought to flesh out the private universes of the characters that would evolve and have scenes cut between the two characters to provide a balance. Elements like Frank Lucas's interaction with his family and Richie Roberts' dysfunctional marriage were written to add to the characters' backgrounds. The film somewhat focuses on the comparatively ethical business practices of the "wicked gangster" and the womanizing and failed marriage of the "do-gooder" police detective.
Washington, who was not normally a fan of gangster films, chose to portray Lucas when he saw "the arc of the character" had ended with prices that Lucas paid for his actions. Washington acquired Lucas's Southern accent, and Crowe practiced to match Roberts's manner of speaking and body language, requesting tape recordings of Roberts to assist in his preparation. Principal photography began in July in New York City. Approximately fifty to sixty locations were set in Harlem alone.
It's not about the prince gets the princess, but a bloody story about the Muslims' viewpoint of us as the infidel, so a lot of people didn't quite get that film. I've done three, but with A Good Year we really got beaten up.
A journalist told me how much he liked it, and I said, 'Really? Did you write about it?
Ridley Scott: My scraps with Russell Crowe
That says it all. During the first test screening, Scott sneaked in to watch the audience reaction and planned to creep out when the first person moved. Two and a half hours later, he was still there. That was what was most rewarding; knowing that you've fully engaged people with the truth. With filmmaking, you have to design your own truth and then stick with it. But the director was very strong about me doing the movie so they set up a screen test.
It was the scene in the movie that ends up being shot in the back of a paddywagon, a copper car, where my character is raving on [about something]. But he kept going.
My friend, Jack Thompson, calls it actorplasm. I love the taste of warm saliva in the morning! Is everybody hearing me? This is the man for the job, blah blah blah! Interestingly, part way through that film — because I was having a hell of a lot of fun playing an artificial computer-generated serial killer, as you do — he said to me: But then [producer] Brian Grazer called me and said: I know this will be a great movie and I know this should be a film — so do me a personal favour: So, read it and tell me who the filmmaker should be for this gig.
I really wanted to play that character so bad.
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I called Ridley two days ago. Ironically, Denzel had been through this trip twice as well with the two previous directors and I think his first response was: Define your relationship with a director… Russell Crowe: He gets the mathematics completely done and he creates time for the actors, which is something that other directors sometimes forget they should be doing. I just love the way Ridley works. Do you ever clash?
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At what point was your character fleshed out? I think both of the two previous directors knew they had to have a second side to the story. Much as audiences enjoy watching the bad guy do his thing, when the body count starts to rise they want to know that justice will prevail. Did you get to meet the real Richie?