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‘The Film That Lit My Fuse’: Russell Crowe

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The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.

Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is the Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe, who’ll be the first major star to test the waters in a return to theatergoing when Unhinged is released August 21. Crowe plays The Man, the personification of road rage who cannot let go after a traffic incident with another driver. A meticulous craftsman who made memorable early appearances in films including Romper Stomper, The Quick and The Dead and Virtuosity before breaking out in 1997’s L.A. Confidential, Crowe became a superstar in films including an Oscar-winning turn as Maximus in Best Picture winner Gladiator and for playing complicated leading men in fact-based dramas A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster, Cinderella Man and most recently as Fox News founder Roger Ailes in the epic limited series The Loudest Voice for Showtime.

The son of parents who catered movie sets, Crowe grew up around the business and became a child star on a local Australian by the age of 5. He developed a love for the craft by observing and found a mentor in director George Ogilvie, who gave him his first lead movie role in 1990’s The Crossing.

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