BlackTree TV Producer Jamaal Finkley, sits down with Oscar® winner Russell Crowe to discuss the changing face of media as well as his new movie State of Play.
Oscar® winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast in a blistering thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in a case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders. Crowe plays D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey, whose street smarts lead him to untangle a mystery of murder and collusion among some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures in State of Play, from acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland).
Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.
McCaffrey has the dubious fortune of both an old friendship with Collins and a ruthless editor, Cameron (Oscar® winner Helen Mirren), who has assigned him to investigate. As he and partner Della (Rachel McAdams) try to uncover the killer's identity, McCaffrey steps into a cover-up that threatens to shake the nation's power structures. And in a town of spin-doctors and wealthy politicos, he will discover one truth: when billions are at stake, no one's integrity, love or life is ever safe.
Academy Award® winner RUSSELL CROWE
(Cal McAffrey) recently
starred in Ridley Scotts
Body of Lies and American
Gangster, and the western
3:10 to Yuma, for director
James Mangold. American
Gangster and 3:10 to Yuma
received 2008 Screen Actors
Guild Award nominations for
by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Body of Lies marked Crowes fourth movie with
Scott, the first being his Oscar®-winning turn in
Gladiator. He also starred in Scotts romance A Good
Year, based on the book by Peter Mayle. His 2000
Academy Award®-winning performance as the
Roman General Maximus in Gladiator was book
ended by two other Best Actor Oscar® nominations:
The Insider (1999) and A Beautiful Mind (2001).
His role in Gladiator also earned him Best Actor
award honors from several critics organizations,
including the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
Additionally, he received nominations from the
Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Screen
Actors Guild and BAFTA.
In Ron Howards A Beautiful Mind, Crowes
masterful portrayal of Nobel Prize-winning John
Forbes Nash, Jr. garnered Best Actor awards from the
HFPA, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, SAG,
BAFTA, as well as critics groups. For his work in
Michael Manns nonfictional drama The Insider, as
tobacco company whistle-blower Dr. Jeffrey Wigand,
he earned Best Actor awards from the Los Angeles
Film Critics Association, Broadcast Film Critics
Association, 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.
Crowe reconnected with Howard, producer Brian
Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman in
Cinderella Man. His performance as the courageous,
Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock earned him
another Golden Globe nomination, among other
honors. Prior to that, he starred as Capt. Jack Aubrey
in Peter Weirs historical action-adventure Master and
Commander: The Far Side of the World.
Crowe first made his mark on Hollywood in
Curtis Hansons crime drama L.A. Confidential, as
vice cop Bud White. He later starred in Jay Roachs
Mystery, Alaska and in Taylor Hackfords 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 Heavens
Burning, Breaking Up, Rough Magic, The Sum of Us,
For the Moment, Love in Limbo, The Silver Brumby
(based on the classic Australian childrens 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 1990, when he was nominated
for Best Actor for The Crossing. The following year,
he won the Best Supporting Actor Award for Proof.
In 1992, he received Best Actor Awards from the AFI
and the Australian Film Critics Association for his
performance in Romper Stomper. In 1993, the Seattle
International Film Festival named Crowe Best Actor
for his work in both Romper Stomper and Hammers
Over the Anvil.
Crowe currently resides in Australia with his wife
and two children. A BlackTree Media Production Thank you for watching!