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Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe, currently preparing to shoot his new movie in Turkey, met with Culture Minister Ömer Çelik at Istanbul’s historic Topkapı Palace on Oct. 12.
The Australian star said before the meeting that he wanted to consult Çelik about Turkish actors for his upcoming movie depicting the story of ANZAC soldiers who fought in the battle of Gallipoli in 1915.
“This is my third visit to Turkey. I really love this country. It has always fascinated me. I am now meeting with the honorable minister to seek his assistance in procuring Turkish actors for this film,” Crowe said.
Çelik, for his part, hailed Crowe’s movie project, stressing that it will bring the countries closer. “It is important that the scenario of the movie accurately conveys the crossroads of the fate of many nations,” Çelik said, adding that they he was willing to talk with Crowe about the movie and the battle of Gallipoli.
“We consider it an important project to relate the common story of nations,” Çelik said.
Istanbul’s old town, with its picturesque Balat and Sultanahmet quarters, will constitute the main backdrop of the film that will focus on the life of a father who lost his sons at the Battle of Gallipoli. Other parts will be shot in Cappadocia.