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Russell Crowe to learn kung-fu with RZA?

09.17.2010

UPDATE: Maybe not so fast. According to this post on Russell Crowe's Twitter, "I'm not officially on RZA's gig. He's a good friend,inspirational guy, we will see what happens."

9.14.10: Rapper/actor RZA had quite an announcement to make on the red carpet at the VMAs. His pet project that he's directing and acting in, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FIST just got a whole lot more credible as he claims that Russell Crowe will now be costarring as well.

"I won't spoil it for you, but Russell's gonna be the baddest man alive," he told me yesterday at the VMAs. "That man is in fighting shape. That man will knock you out." The Man With the Iron Fist (no relation to the Marvel Comic superhero Iron Fist) starts shooting in Shanghai in December.

"It's nerve-wracking," RZA said of directing Crowe. "He's a master of the craft. I'm quite sure that I may learn something from him."

Despite seeming initially far-fetched, this seems legitimate to me, as I'm not sure why he would make this up, and it's not as far-fetched as you might imagine, as if you recall, RZA and Crowe worked together on AMERICAN GANGSTER years go.

Not to uh, rain on the parade here, but have you seen Russell Crowe recently? The man isn't exactly in fighting shape, and I expect he's going to need to do a lot of work to get back into full combat mode.

In addition to Crowe, the project is being helped along by Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth, and Roth is even now a co-writer and producer on the film. With a $20M budget, and all

Extra Tidbit: Honestly, the last time I genuinely liked Crowe in something was A BEAUTIFUL MIND back in 2001. That's kind of crazy.
Source: EOnline

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2:01PM on 09/20/2010

I am very intrigued by this...!

...I'm a huge Crowe fan. How funny would it be if he parities himself like South Park did where he beat the crap outta everything in sight?
...I'm a huge Crowe fan. How funny would it be if he parities himself like South Park did where he beat the crap outta everything in sight?
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9:00PM on 09/18/2010
Come on, Crowe!!.. You got to sign up, man! You'd be awesome doing kung fu in a flick like this. What you so afraid of, can't do any worse than that crap (so I've heard, haven't seen it) Robin Hood flick.
Come on, Crowe!!.. You got to sign up, man! You'd be awesome doing kung fu in a flick like this. What you so afraid of, can't do any worse than that crap (so I've heard, haven't seen it) Robin Hood flick.
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6:27PM on 09/18/2010
Anytime Russel Crowe is kicking ass onscreen is a good time.
Anytime Russel Crowe is kicking ass onscreen is a good time.
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10:18PM on 09/17/2010
Russell Crowe tweets?!?!
Russell Crowe tweets?!?!
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11:05PM on 09/17/2010
this was more surprising than the actual idea of crowe doing kun fu with RZA
this was more surprising than the actual idea of crowe doing kun fu with RZA
10:11PM on 09/17/2010
3:10 to Yuma and i guess i was one of the few who liked Body of Lies?
3:10 to Yuma and i guess i was one of the few who liked Body of Lies?
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5:01PM on 09/15/2010
I thought Crowe was pretty bad-ass in 3:10 to Yuma. While it wasn't the original... it was a pretty solid western.
I thought Crowe was pretty bad-ass in 3:10 to Yuma. While it wasn't the original... it was a pretty solid western.
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3:27AM on 09/15/2010
Crowe could probably floor most guys with one punch. I'd call that fighting shape.
Crowe could probably floor most guys with one punch. I'd call that fighting shape.
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2:43AM on 09/15/2010
this is pretty cool news. Especially with Quentin and Roth involved. I guess we will see.
this is pretty cool news. Especially with Quentin and Roth involved. I guess we will see.
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12:54AM on 09/15/2010
Kind of hard to believe this. Russel has a huge ego, and unless he's kicked that, I just can't see him collaborating with RZA on an old school kung fu flick. I'll wait to hear it from Russel's mouth himself.
Kind of hard to believe this. Russel has a huge ego, and unless he's kicked that, I just can't see him collaborating with RZA on an old school kung fu flick. I'll wait to hear it from Russel's mouth himself.
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7:39PM on 09/14/2010
I want to see Crowe in a movie just punching Kangaroos. This movie could be good with Crowe, Tarantino, and Roth. Crowe was good in State of Play.
I want to see Crowe in a movie just punching Kangaroos. This movie could be good with Crowe, Tarantino, and Roth. Crowe was good in State of Play.
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7:39PM on 09/14/2010
From what I've read/heard, RZA is a genuine fan of kung fu movies, so I have no doubt he'll give us something good. Glad to see the project is finally going ahead.
From what I've read/heard, RZA is a genuine fan of kung fu movies, so I have no doubt he'll give us something good. Glad to see the project is finally going ahead.
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7:20PM on 09/14/2010
Wow!.. This is a surprise. My radar on this film just went from "interested" to "very interested." And I hope when he says "baddest" he means "villain" because that would be really cool to see Crowe play a villain again. Additionally, you can still be chunky and be a kung fu villain. ex. Bolo Yeung
Wow!.. This is a surprise. My radar on this film just went from "interested" to "very interested." And I hope when he says "baddest" he means "villain" because that would be really cool to see Crowe play a villain again. Additionally, you can still be chunky and be a kung fu villain. ex. Bolo Yeung
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7:20PM on 09/14/2010
Crowe will fit up and RZA is genius = yes
Crowe will fit up and RZA is genius = yes
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4:49PM on 09/14/2010

I actually like Crowe in

State of Play and American Gangster.
He was more laid back and he didn't feel the need to just take over every scene.
Robin Hood was alright.
State of Play and American Gangster.
He was more laid back and he didn't feel the need to just take over every scene.
Robin Hood was alright.
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6:02PM on 09/14/2010
Yeah he was great in American Gangster
Yeah he was great in American Gangster
11:49AM on 09/18/2010
Amen.
And what about 3:10 To Yuma and Cinderella Man. And I personally loved (him in) Robin Hood.

Paul, there are cocks to be sucked.
Amen.
And what about 3:10 To Yuma and Cinderella Man. And I personally loved (him in) Robin Hood.

Paul, there are cocks to be sucked.
4:09PM on 09/14/2010
is it just me, or does he look fat?
is it just me, or does he look fat?
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3:18PM on 09/14/2010
I was interested until i saw Roth's and Tarantino's involvement.
I was interested until i saw Roth's and Tarantino's involvement.
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4:28PM on 09/14/2010
Give me the Bear Jew any day.
Give me the Bear Jew any day.
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