Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe

New Zealand-born actor (born 1964)
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  • I believe if you take on characters for a living you can't make yourself into an icon in order to sell a pair of shoes.
  • Reality is, I'm an actor and an entertainer, and I really wouldn't know what to do with another profession.
  • I'm destined to be attracted to those I cannot defeat.
  • I have respect for beer.
  • The older I get, the crotchetier I'm going to get about that integrity. I don't think, just because you have the public's attention, it's now a prerequisite for you to completely sell out your moral center. I don't think that's OK. If I ever stop being the guy that can answer your question straight and look you in the eye and give you my opinion, then I should stop making films.
  • I had a good laugh when Clooney tried to compare doing ads for suits, a car and a drink to what I do as a musician. An endorsement is about money. My music is from the heart.
  • I'm still excited by it. I still love the process. I want to make movies that pierce people's hearts and touch them in some way, even if it's just for the night while they're in the cinema; in that moment, I want to bring actual tears to their eyes and goosebumps to their skin. That's what motivates me, and it may sound strange but if you're not focused on the audience, why are you bothering to make a movie?
  • There's nothing like sitting back and talking to your cows.
  • There has to be a mathematical explanation for how bad that tie is.
  • I don't make demands. I don't tell you how it should be. I'll give you options, and it's up to you to select or throw 'em away. That should be the headline: If you're insecure, don't call.
  • When I was a little kid, I used to really embarrass my parents.
  • I do my bit to improve the world but I think it's very important to get things done on the quiet. I'm sick to death of famous people standing up and using their celebrity to promote a cause. If I see a particular need, I do try to help. But there's a lot that can be achieved by putting a cheque in the right place and shutting up about it.
  • God bless America. God save the Queen. God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia.
  • I'm at the bottom of a well. I can't communicate how dark my life is right now. I'm in a lot of trouble. I'll do my best to solve the situation in an honorable way. I'm very sorry for my actions. I will spend the rest of my life if it takes it, trying to make it up with my wife. I'm pleased that my son isn't able to compute what's going on at the moment because that would be a heartbreaking thing. One thing that I don't want to do is imply that I'm trying to make out it's somebody else's fault It's not, I know it's my fault, I've got to face up to it and deal with it. I'm not trying to be pessimistic, I'm just looking at what the situation is - it's a seven-year jail sentence.
  • After The Insider (1999), I know the exact chemical compounds in a commercial cigarette, but I've been smoking since I was 10. I know it's terrible, but I am a great fan of irony.
  • He has disappointed me many times over the past ten years, with his performances in substandard movies. (About Robert De Niro)
  • I like villains because there's something so attractive about a committed person - they have a plan, an ideology, no matter how twisted. They're motivated.
  • If I don't get the goose-bump factor when I'm reading it than I can't do it.
  • I really feel sorry for people who are, who divide their whole life up into 'things that I like' and 'things that I must do.' You're only here for a short time, mate. Learn to like it.
  • People accuse me of being arrogant all the time. I'm not arrogant, I'm focused.
  • He was a gentle, beautiful man, a fine actor, a loyal friend. I feel deeply for his family. - on the passing of friend and fellow actor, Heath Ledger.
  • Some of the things you read you get an immediate reaction to so I've stopped reading things now. I do worry about my family though. Some people do try some nasty things to get at them and try and get a reaction from them.
  • I'd move to Los Angeles if New Zealand and Australia were swallowed up by a tidal wave, if there was a bubonic plague in England and if the continent of Africa disappeared from some Martian attack.
  • Mate, he did that to himself. I have little time for the Oliver Reeds of this business. I'm not pleased that he's gone. In fact, I never had a drink with Oliver, because I didn't want to encourage him. I'll go for long periods without a drink. When I'm on the farm by myself, it's not something I even think about. But I'm not afraid to have a beer in front of a studio executive. That doesn't make me a wild man. (About Oliver Reed)
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