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Russell Crowe: Angry Star Ponders What Next?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 20, 2010 at 12:50PM

In my latest Career Watch column, I ponder the future of the latest Robin Hood, Russell Crowe. Crowe is one of a trio of angry male stars, including Sean Penn (undergoing anger management treatment) and Ryan Gosling. They're good, very good. They're not conventionally handsome. They're capable of great strength, power, and sensitivity. And they're very angry. Not always in a good way.
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Thompson on Hollywood

In my latest Career Watch column, I ponder the future of the latest Robin Hood, Russell Crowe. Crowe is one of a trio of angry male stars, including Sean Penn (undergoing anger management treatment) and Ryan Gosling. They're good, very good. They're not conventionally handsome. They're capable of great strength, power, and sensitivity. And they're very angry. Not always in a good way.

Next Step: Crowe stars opposite Elizabeth Banks in Paul Haggis' relationship thriller 'The Next Three Days,' due in November. He's in the mix on Philip Noyce's 'Dirt Music,' with Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell. Fox wants to put together a sequel to 'Master & Commander.' Crowe told Britain's Daily Mail that he'd love to sing and dance in a real Bollywood film, and expressed interested in playing washed-up alcoholic star Norman Main in a remake of 'A Star is Born.' But reports are that the filmmakers are chasing Gerard Butler to play the role opposite Beyonce.

What should Crowe do next?

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.