Many television watchers now are aware that Russell Crowe is taking his acting talents to American television for the first time in the near future. The famous actor will be playing former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in a show centered on the last decade of this controversial man’s life. The show will be called “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” and it is certain to cause quite a stir!
The show will cover the last 10 years of his life, including the abuse allegations and his death a short while after. There are few names in media that have had the type of career that this man had, and this show will portray the entirety of his impact on the media industry.
Crowe is fully immersing himself in this role, and he’s even shaved his trademark salt and pepper hair and beard in order to fully portray Ailes in the most accurate way. He’s been spotted wearing a gray hairpiece to imitate Ailes particular style, but recently he was photographed by paparazzi with just his bald head.
The image is unlike anything you’d ever expect from this appealing and attractive actor. Crowe’s head is bald and he is clearly wearing his prosthetic fat suit underneath a casual blue Carhartt jacket. He appears almost unrecognizable, and even his greatest fans would probably walk right past him on the street.
The show will air on Showtime, and according to the Daily Mail, the title is still a work in progress. The show is based on the book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” by author Gabriel Sherman.
Other stars attached to the project include Naomi Watts who will appear as Gretchen Carlson, John Finn as Jack Welsh, and Seth MacFarlane as Brian Lewis. The series won’t begin airing until 2019, and the extent of the project is unknown at this point. It will surely have a mini-series like-feel, considering there is only so much story to tell regarding Ailes life and eventual death.
“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, and CEO said in an interview with Variety. “We’ve seen this phenomenon depicted on screen as far back as the story of Charles Foster Kane, and it finds contemporary embodiment in the rise and fall of Roger Ailes. With Russell Crowe in the leading role, this limited series promises to be a defining story for this era.”
The IMDB page lists Kari Skogland as the director for the first two episodes, along with John Harrington Bland and Tom McCarthy as the credited writers. McCarthy’s fame exploded after he won an Academy Award for his work writing the script for Spotlight.
This is a serious series, but that doesn’t mean Crowe is ignoring his trademark humor and charm. Pictures have gone viral showing him messing around with the fake belly, much to the amusement of his many fans and admirers.
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