Vanity Fair has this gorgeous full page reissue of their story on Russell in 1997. (Click on image for larger) Excerpt ~
There’s Russell Crowe, laying on the beach in a loud, flag-sized tie in ’97. That was on the eve of L.A. Confidential, which was nominated for nine Academy Awards and kick-started his leading-man years, in which he’s received three Oscar nominations and one statue for best actor.