While waiting around for Baz's project to get going, Russell has found yet another movie to squeeze in this year. A small indie...
Crowe Is Gonna Try a Little 'Tenderness'
April 18, 2006
By Chuck Shelton
Aussie actor Russell Crowe has signed on as the star of an indie-produced film adaptation of Robert Cormier’s novel Tenderness.
The heavy-hitter hasn’t deigned to independent cinema in quite a while (the budgets of his last four movies totaled $406 million), but Tenderness is one low-budget flick the prickly thespian couldn’t resist. It’s to be directed by his longtime mate from Down Under, John Polson.
The director, and sometime actor, played Crowe’s lover in the 1994 Australian independent The Sum of Us, a cozy romance of man-on-man love that’s equal parts melancholy, yearning and, yes, tenderness.
Tenderness is Cormier’s 1997 young-adult novel about, as summed up by Kirkus, "a serial killer; an aging cop with a hunch; an impulsive 15-year-old runaway: Three familiar characters . . . spun by a master of suspense into another disturbing study in emotional dysfunction.”
Crowe will play the aging cop.
Polson, who also starred with the Oscar-winner in the 1990 Australian WWII film Prisoners of the Sun, most recently directed the decidedly non-independents Swimfan, with Jesse Bradford and Erika Christensen, and Hide and Seek, starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning.
Here's an excerpt from the book on Russell's character, although for the movie, his name apparently will be different. ( Read more...Collapse )
And since Russ will be spending some time this year in New York (or general area) doing two movies, he and the band are taking a poll on Murph's site
to determine if the band should do some more US gigs. So go and vote if you want to see them.