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?