Master and Commander - Russell Crowe Interview

13 November 2003

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Russell Crowe Interview

MASTER & COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD promises to be the motion picture spectacle of the year. Set on the high seas, Crowe stars as Lucky Jack Aubrey, a captain whose ship is suddenly attacked by a much superior enemy warship. Aubrey becomes a man on a mission and sets sail in a high-stakes chase across two oceans to intercept and capture their foe. It’s a mission that can decide the fate of a nation – or destroy him and his crew.

MASTER & COMMANDER is not only an epic tale of leadership and dedication, but also a powerful story about Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, a dedicated surgeon and trusted friend, played by Paul Bettany. Also, for the first time, thanks to advances in special effects, audiences will feel what it’s really like to be in the heat of the battle and the heart of the storm.

RUSSELL CROWE (Captain Jack Aubrey) has received three consecutive Academy Award Best Actor nominations for his performance in: The Insider (2000), Gladiator (2001) and A Beautiful Mind (2002). He won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Maximus, the Roman general-turned-gladiator, in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster Gladiator. This role also earned him Best Actor honors from several critics’ organizations, including the Broadcast Film Critics. In addition, he received nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA.

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In Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, Crowe’s masterful portrayal of Nobel Prize-winning John Forbes Nash, Jr. earned him his third Academy Award nomination and garnered him Best Actor awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA, among other critics groups.

Crowe received his first Academy Award nomination for his work in Michael Mann’s non-fiction drama The Insider, as tobacco company whistle-blower, Dr. Jeffrey Wigand. He also earned Best Actor Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review; and nominations for a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award™.

Before his award-winning acclaim, Crowe made his mark in Curtis Hanson’s crime drama, L.A. Confidential, as vice cop Bud White. He later starred in Jay Roach’s Mystery, Alaska, and in Taylor Hackford’s Proof of Life, opposite Meg Ryan.
In 1995 he made his American film debut in the western The Quick and the Dead, with Gene Hackman and Sharon Stone, and then starred as the cyber-villain Sid 6.7 in Virtuosity, opposite Denzel Washington. Additional film credits include Heaven’s Burning, Breaking Up, Rough Magic, The Sum of Us, For the Moment, Love in Limbo, The Silver Brumby, based on the classic Australian children’s novel, The Efficiency Expert and Prisoners of the Sun.

Born in New Zealand, Crowe was raised in Australia where he has also been honored for his work on the screen. He was recognized for three consecutive years by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), beginning in 1991, when he was nominated for Best Actor for The Crossing. The following year, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award for Proof, and, in 1992, he received Best Actor Awards from the AFI and the Australian Film Critics for his performance in the controversial Romper Stomper. In 1993, the Seattle Film Festival named Crowe Best Actor for his work in both Romper Stomper and Hammers Over the Anvil.

Crowe currently resides in Australia.

Release: London West End - November 21st
Release: Nationwide - November 28th
Cert: 12A
Running time: 135
Dist: 20th Century Fox


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