A May trailer for Showtime miniseries “The Loudest Voice” showed “Gladiator” actor Russell Crowe as former Fox News chief Roger Ailes.
Fans were immediately taken aback by Crowe, who looks nearly unrecognizable from his heyday in the early 2000s.
The Loudest Voice trailer tackles the Fox News scandal with Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts https://t.co/FgRnoGmSb5
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 9, 2019
whoa — Russell Crowe as the loudest voice in the room himself: pic.twitter.com/iA2MtIth7r
— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) November 13, 2018
Photos posted by Crowe showed him wearing a fat-suit and using heavy makeup to get the look.
Other stars attached to the project include Naomi Watts, Seth MacFarlane, and John Finn.
In the middle of this still … The Loudest Voice for Showtime through Blumhouse. Giving my skin a rest from the prosthetics .
That’s the amazing Sienna Miller and my man Brady Jenness pic.twitter.com/fArhSDbwsD
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 7, 2019
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) February 1, 2019
“In many ways, the collision between the media and politics has come to define the world we live in today,” David Nevins, Showtime Networks president, told Variety “We’ve seen this phenomenon depicted on screen as far back as the story of Charles Foster Kane,” he added of the show.
Recently, Crowe, 55, was seen cheering on his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs team on May 26. According to the Daily Mail, he is a co-owner of the team.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Crowe revealed that even when he was most successful as an actor, he just wanted to be home.
“I never took any of the smoke being blown up my [expletive] as being serious,” he told the Guardian in 2014. “Even through the largest periods of success in my life, my principle aim – when I finish the job – has always been to get home. To go to the bush and, more recently, to be with my kids.”
Loud and proud! Russell Crowe cheers on his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs team from the stands as they play the West Tigers in Sydney https://t.co/zGpplBpOlw
— 🎀The_News_DIVA🎀 (@The_News_DIVA) May 26, 2019
He added: “People go: ‘You are a movie star – surely you can call those shots.’ But I am not that kind of an actor. I look for the role that excites me and work with whoever that director happens to be, wherever he wants to shoot the film.”
“The Loudest Voice” premieres on June 30.