Russell Crowe has starred in a number of critically acclaimed movies, that’s for sure. Crowe first came to widespread prominence in the year 2000 with Gladiator, the movie he starred in with Joaquin Phoenix, which was also hailed for his performance (arguably one of his best yet, besides Joker).
About 3 years later, Crowe returned with another blast, Master and Commander: The Other Side of the World, and although it was not as popular as Gladiator, it still received high praise, especially from the Oscars that year, with a whopping 10 nominations.
Recently, the 56-year-old actor took to Twitter to respond to a comment from a fan who apparently found it boring. On January 17, Russell’s tweet went viral after someone claimed the movie was so boring it looked like taking Xanax.
The tweet started by saying that many people have had trouble falling asleep at night during the pandemic, so they just have to go to Russell’s Master and Commander instead. “I never got past ten minutes,” read the tweet, before urging people to thank Russell for the movie-sized sleeping pill.
You can watch part of this exchange below:
Many people complain of lack of sleep during the pandemic. May I recommend Master And Commander starring the usually engaging, striking Russell Crowe. I never got past ten minutes. You’re welcome. And thank you Russell. @russellcrowe pic.twitter.com/SD2runOpMA
– Ian McNabb (@empiresend) January 9, 2021
When Russell finally replied, he said the user’s comment was part of what the ‘problem with kids these days’ was. Crowe joked that they had no “focus,” and Peter’s film was “brilliant.”
Russell went on to praise some of the most important figures associated with the film, including Russell Boyd and Peter Weir. He said the movie had ‘incredible cinematography’ and an excellent soundtrack. “Definitely an adult movie,” added Crowe. Many fans of the actor responded in defense of him and the movie, including Josh Gad, who suggested it was one of the greats.
In other news: Russell was in the headlines when it was reported that a movie he starred in, On the loose, would be the first film of 2020 to return to theaters after the coronavirus pandemic that ended around the world.
Surprisingly, On the loose managed to perform modestly despite many closings.