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What Russell Crowe really wants to do is direct

Apr. 25, 2011by: Dave Davis

As many actors inevitably do, Russell Crowe is feeling the itch to climb behind the camera and literally call the shots himself.

Crowe might be making his feature directing debut on a cop thriller called 77. Crowe will also star in the movie, based on a story by L.A. CONFIDENTIAL writer James Ellroy.

According to Deadline, the story involves "the unsolved murder of an LAPD officer, and the nationally televised shootout in South Central L.A. between the Symbionese Liberation Army and the LAPD, where 50,000 rounds of gunfire were exchanged. The events will be seen through the eyes of two police partners, one black and one white."

This isn't the first time Crowe has entertained the idea -- in fact, it was nearly a decade ago that he initially planned to direct THE LONG GREEN SHORE, a WWII story about an Australian battalion fighting in the South Pacific. Perhaps this recent shift of duties was prompted by something else, since he hasn't exactly been burning up the box office lately as an actor, either -- AMERICAN GANGSTER was his biggest domestic draw since A BEAUTIFUL MIND.

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Source: Deadline

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2:40AM on 04/26/2011
Extra tidbit: Definitely Clint Eastwood. But the one the surprise me (in a good way) the most is Ben Affleck.
Extra tidbit: Definitely Clint Eastwood. But the one the surprise me (in a good way) the most is Ben Affleck.
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11:53PM on 04/25/2011
Mel Gibson is my personal favorite. I also really like Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, Ben Affleck, Jon Faverau, and on occasion Stallone.
Mel Gibson is my personal favorite. I also really like Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, Ben Affleck, Jon Faverau, and on occasion Stallone.
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2:54AM on 04/26/2011
Extra Tidbit. Without a doubt Clint Eastwood, but I love Jackie Chan's 80's directed movies. Affleck is showing promise.
Extra Tidbit. Without a doubt Clint Eastwood, but I love Jackie Chan's 80's directed movies. Affleck is showing promise.
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2:32AM on 04/26/2011
Yea,I could see this happening. Russell Crowe is one of the few actors I could imagine making the switch.
Yea,I could see this happening. Russell Crowe is one of the few actors I could imagine making the switch.
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2:19AM on 04/26/2011

Eastwood FTW

As for all the other actors/directors mentioned below or above me for the tidbit. Well their number 2.
As for all the other actors/directors mentioned below or above me for the tidbit. Well their number 2.
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12:03AM on 04/26/2011
I'd like to see this. I'm still a fan of him, even though his latest films have been "meh" at best.

As for the extra tidbit, Clint Eastwood is my favorite, although all the others mentioned are good too. Especially Affleck and Gibson.
I'd like to see this. I'm still a fan of him, even though his latest films have been "meh" at best.

As for the extra tidbit, Clint Eastwood is my favorite, although all the others mentioned are good too. Especially Affleck and Gibson.
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10:48PM on 04/26/2011

Without a doubt

Clint, I do agree Affleck is showing much promise.
Clint, I do agree Affleck is showing much promise.
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5:16PM on 04/26/2011
Eastwood, Gibson, and Affleck.
Eastwood, Gibson, and Affleck.
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3:27PM on 04/26/2011
Ben Affleck or Kevin Costner.
Ben Affleck or Kevin Costner.
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11:46PM on 04/25/2011

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Clint Eastwood.

Others would be Ben Affleck and Ron Howard.
Clint Eastwood.

Others would be Ben Affleck and Ron Howard.
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