Russell Crowe: LA Confidential Studio didn’t want me in the movie

“I think they wanted Sean Penn and Robert De Niro in the movie,” Crowe recalled.

Russell Crowe talks about a negative experience he had during ‘LA Confidential’.

The Oscar winner claimed that the studio behind the 1997 neo-noir film — distributed by Warner Bros. and produced by Regency and The Wolper Organization — stopped paying his hotel and rental car bills to Get Crowe out of the movie.

“A few days after rehearsals, the studio didn’t pay the hotel bill and they didn’t pay for my rental car,” Crowe said. Vanity Fair. “The studio didn’t want me in that role. I think they wanted Sean Penn and Robert De Niro in the movie or something. Things they can quantify and understand.”

“LA Confidential” received nine Oscar nominations, including best picture, best adapted screenplay and best supporting actress for Crowe’s Kim Basinger.

The ‘Gladiator’ alum continued: ‘There was probably a period of four or five days where I left the hotel in the morning by going down the back stairs because I knew the manager of the hotel was waiting for me in the lobby. ask when the bill will be paid.”

He added, “If I stopped and said I’m not coming to work,” (the studio) would have taken that opening to cut him out of the movie.

“LA Confidential” novelist James Ellroy recently criticized the film adaptation, calling Crowe and his co-star Basinger “impotent” actors on screen.

“People love ‘LA Confidential,'” Ellroy said at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival. “I think this is a turkey in the highest form. I think Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger are impotent. The director (Curtis Hanson) is dead, so now I can discount the movie.”

And “LA Confidential” isn’t the only film Crowe dabbled in early on. The ‘Pope the Exorcist’ actor revealed he almost walked out of the 2000 film ‘Gladiator’ because of an ‘absolute rubbish’ script.

“What we did was a great idea, but the script was rubbish, absolute rubbish. And it had these weird scenes,” Crowe said in the same Vanity Fair video. “A couple of times I thought, ‘Maybe my best bet is to get on a plane and get out of here.’ My constant conversations with (director) Ridley Scott gave me faith.”


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