No Croc Hunter for Russell Crowe!
Source: Edward Douglas
September 25, 2006
You might be able to credit the tabloid press for getting this one wrong, but a story has been circulating recently that actor Russell Crowe wants to star in a biopic about his late friend Steve Irwin AKA The Crocodile Hunter, who died tragically at the tail of a stingray last month.
It’s not even remotely true, according to Crowe, who took a break from shooting Ridley Scott’s crime-drama American Gangster to talk to ComingSoon.net about his upcoming collaboration with Scott, A Good Year, based on the novel by Peter Mayle. Not only that but even the thought that he’d even be thinking of a movie about his late friend, who he just held a memorial tribute for in their native Australia, really bothers the actor.
“There’s no truth to that whatsoever,” Crowe said adamantly. “That’s one of those appalling pieces of sh*t that come out of the press. While my friend’s body is still warm, I’m being accused of doing commerce over his grave, and it absolutely disgusts me.”
“Should there be a movie about Steve? For sure,” Crowe went on about his good friend, “What an incredible and unique life he led. His childhood growing up with his mum and dad in a reptile park, but his ambitions turning that simple reptile park into the greatest zoo in Australia, and from my individual perspective, the place that really cares about the animals. What people really don’t understand about Steven is Steven was, first and foremost, a conservationist, probably the most individually active conservationist in the world. What he stood for was far more than being the funny guy on TV. Serious people at serious universities realized who he really was.”
You can read more with Crowe in our full interview closer to the release of A Good Year on November 10.
Well, there’s another one for the rumor killers. I think it would have been cool if Russell Crowe did it. Maybe not now, maybe in like a few years.