Russell Crowe, a major Hollywood figure, is contemplating the end of his cinematic career.
Approaching his 60th birthday next year, the actor is considering retirement from the film industry that catapulted him to fame. At the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, he expressed uncertainty about whether stepping away from the limelight is the correct decision for him at this point in his life.
"You are standing in front of the mirror, and go: ‘Who the f--- is that?’" he said about aging, according to a report from Variety. "I am in that period now."
"I will take Ridley Scott as my role model: he is still discovering new things in his work. Or I will just stop and you will never hear from me again. I haven’t decided what it’s going to be. These are two very valid choices."
At the age of 85, Ridley Scott, as per his IMDb profile, is immersed in 20 future projects.
On the other hand, Crowe has eight films underway.
However, one movie not on his docket is the forthcoming sequel to "Gladiator," a film that greatly defines his career. But, that doesn't prevent him from engaging in discussions about it.
"They should be f---ing paying me for the amount of questions I am asked about a film I am not even in," he said at the festival.
Russell Crowe doesn't know anything about Gladiator 2, telling journalists: "In that world, I am dead. Six feet under. But I do admit to a certain tinge of jealousy, because it reminds me of when I was younger and what it meant for me, in my life." https://t.co/GAIMGe8qhv pic.twitter.com/vrN8Z0a2YI
— IGN (@IGN) July 3, 2023
"It has nothing to do with me. In that world, I am dead. Six feet under. But I do admit to a certain tinge of jealousy, because it reminds me of when I was younger and what it meant for me, in my life."
He continued, "I don’t know anything about the cast, I don’t know anything about the plot. I am dead! But I know that if Ridley has decided to do a second part of the story, over 20 years later, he must have had very strong reasons."
"I can’t think of this movie being anything other than spectacular," he concluded.
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The Michael Jordan/Shane Warne number
I hope you make it to the amazing
In the Czech Republic
It may be the last show…the last breath…
I’ve been doing live shows since 1978…2023 … it’s a long time
Bologna, you were amazing
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 28, 2023
As Crowe contemplates his future course, there are still a few ventures he intends to undertake personally. Beyond his forthcoming acting assignments, he's produced several documentaries that he's not yet ready to bring to the public eye.
Crowe explained, "In order to release them, I have to make them legally comfortable. And to me, that destroys the point. So I just have to wait longer, wait for some people to die, and then I can put them out."
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