Actress Kathy Bates and Robert Rehme, president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, announce the nominations for Best Actor for the Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, February 13, 2001.
Press conference and red carpet at the Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany ~ 2002
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Russell entertains Alan Doyle in Sydney ~ 2005
Source: The Sunday Telegraph
February 13, 2005
I guarantee my film will go ahead - Russell Crowe reveals his pain over canned movie
By Peter Holmes, Sarah Grant
Oscar winner Russell Crowe has pledged to resume production of his long-awaited $32 million epic, Eucalyptus.
The Australian film industry was left reeling on Friday when Crowe suspended filming on the love story, in which he stars alongside Nicole Kidman, citing problems with director Jocelyn Moorhouse's script.
But Crowe said last night: "I have made a commitment to Eucalyptus, to Fox Searchlight and to the Australian film industry, and that commitment remains."
Sydney author Murray Bail, whose novel was adapted for the film -- with major changes -- said yesterday he regretted not being involved with the screenplay.
"I suppose I should have read the script, but really, it was out of my hands,'' Bail said.
"I met with Jocelyn a few times, and she was very interested in the logical side of the story, which is important to me.
"I have heard that Russell Crowe is a pretty strong character, so I wouldn't be surprised if it did come down to personality differences."
Crowe, who told crew personally of the decision to stop production, dismissed reports that his ego had contributed to the problem.
"I'm fully aware of the passionate dedication of our crew in making this film, and of how much wonderful creativity and craft has been applied in bringing Murray Bail's book to the screen.
"I understand the disappointment everybody is feeling; I'm going through it myself. It was a tough decision for the studio.
"Though ultimately this is not my decision, I believe it's the most responsible course to take in these circumstances.
"When we do get the chance to make this movie, I'm sure we will do something special."
Sydney actress Aimee Moffat, who was due to film a scene with Crowe this week, discovered via the media that she was out of a job.
"The actors are always the last to be told,"Moffatt said.
Febuary 13, 2005
Caption: Russell with stage, film and television actor Stuart Wagstaff at his 80th birthday celebration.
Russell greets him, "Happy birthday, my loyal and lovely friend."
Excerpts from an interview with Peter Thompson of the ABC after the event:
SW: I've kept a lot of friends from 'Rocky Horror'. Some young actors making their first mark in the business. Steve Bastoni, Simon Westaway and a young actor from New Zealand called Russell Crowe in his first show in this country. They tell me he's still in the business.
PT: These days, Stuart, you give advice to lots of younger actors. I mean, what do you say to them? What are the things that, through your career ...
SW: Ask Russell Crowe.
PT: What would Russell say?
SW: Russell would say, "Don't forget you're in show BUSINESS." That's the advice I always give them.
PT: You've always seemed so super-cool. Unflappable.
SW: No, that's an act. I'm a - I can be a gibbering mess if circumstances arise.
PT: You became a gibbering mess on 'Rocky Horror' once, didn't you? What did Russell Crowe do to you?
SW: I had to get...walk onstage, very beginning - I'd forgotten this - and open the book And there was a centrefold from a gay magazine. He said that I said a rude word. I didn't, I made myself get angry and think, "How dare they do this to me!" Which is the only way to stop me laughing. Yeah, Russell did that. Russell and Simon, I think. Simon Westaway.
PT: Well, in spite of all of that, actors like Simon Westaway and Russell Crowe have remained your good friends today, 20 years on.
Source: The Independent (Ireland)
February 13 2011
Musical brothers ready to step into the limelight with blockbuster film role
By Niamh Horan
It's a case of the luck of the Irish for Eoin and Moley O Suilleabhain, the duo known as size2shoes - but they have the talent to back it up.
After bumping into actor Russell Crowe on a musical tour around the Burren, Co Clare, and only a year later meeting Steven Spielberg and his wife in the same region, the brothers are hoping to crack the big time in a new movie released this winter.
The sons of acclaimed Irish musicians and singers Micheal O Suilleabhain and Noirin Ni Riain, Eoin and Micheal caught the attention of the famous movie director with their unique acoustic performance, landing a part in his upcoming blockbuster War Horse.
The pair had earlier struck up a musical connection with A-list actor Russell Crowe after meeting him in Co Clare.
"He liked our music and when he was filming in the UK we got back in touch and he asked us to come over and join him on the set of Robin Hood.
"He's mighty craic. We ended up going back for a barbecue with him on the lawn of his house and having a session alongside him and his wife and two children, all of his Merry Men, and Cate Blanchett and her children.
"Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think we would have ever been involved in any of that."