Russell Crowe invited Angelina Jolie & her kids to the UK set of ‘Les Mis’

I keep forgetting that Russell Crowe is in that Tom Hooper-directed production of Les Miserables, also starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. Unlike Jackman and Hathaway, we aren’t being overwhelmed by photos of Russell in character as Inspector Jarvert. I’m including some photos of Russell on the set in this post – thankfully, it doesn’t look like Rusty is wearing a dead cat wig (side-eye at Hugh Jackman). Anyway, I bring this up because Les Miserables is filming, for the most part, at the famous Pinewood Studios outside of London. This is the same studio where Angelina Jolie will be filming Maleficent, which should start production any day. So Russell decided to be a nice guy and he invited Angelina and her kids to come by the studio and watch him film some scenes. Isn’t that cute?

Who knew Angelina Jolie and Russell Crowe were so close?!

In the U.K. to begin work on Disney’s Maleficent, newly-engaged Jolie, 36, spent Monday on a different film set with three of her six children: Maddox, 10, Pax, 8 and Zahara, 7.
A source close to the family tells Us Weekly Crowe, 48, personally invited Jolie to check out filming of Les Miserables at Pinewood Studios and the actress decided to bring her kids along for the day.

“Russell and Angelina caught up at the F Stage, where Les Mis is being shot,” the insider tells Us, adding that Jolie and her kids watched Crowe act — and sing! — for almost an hour. “The kids were all fitted with [protective] ear defenders because it’s quite a loud sound stage. It was really exciting for the children to see the movie being shot.”

Pinewood Studios is soon to become Jolie’s home away from home as she begins work on her latest Disney project. Though she is not yet fully immersed in filming, Jolie is in the area to do “light testing,” according to a source.

Brad Pitt’s love — who confirmed her engagement April 13 — is “very excited about the film and in such a great mood,” the insider explains.

Equally as excited are the Jolie-Pitt kids, the actress recently told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a really great script. I’m having a lot of fun. I’ve already got my horns fitted,” the actress, who begins production in June, told EW. “My kids are very happy.”

The project is “not anti-princess, but it’s the first time they’re looking at this epic woman [in a different way],” she explains of the new take on the fairytale classic.

[From Us Weekly]

I wouldn’t have guessed that Rusty and Jolie (sidenote: “Rusty & Jolie” is an excellent name for a band… or a children’s book about a scruffy dog and a fancy cat) were this friendly. I would imagine that they’ve been at the same awards shows throughout the years, and maybe they have a passing, professional friendship, and that Brad is part of the friendship too. Or, you know, Rusty is trying to seduce her. God knows. I don’t think Angelina is his type, first of all, and second of all, I buy that Russell is pretty happily married. He probably just wanted his kids to have a play-date with the Jolie-Pitt kids. Because everybody knows Empress Zahara is the best kid ever.

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  1. brin says:

    Sweet story (don’t believe any ulterior motives either).

  2. Dorothy#1 says:

    He is looking pretty good!

  3. Maya says:

    So I guess we should prepare for an In Touch cover story about how Angelina has seduced Russell because she’s an evil homewrecker; Brad, of course, will be “furious” and “humiliated”, and he’ll probably try to contact Jennifer Aniston because he never should have left her, and a “close source” will say that the wedding probably won’t happen, and it’s all Angie’s fault, of course, and…

    In Touch should totally hire me to write their cover stories.

  4. marie says:

    I don’t think there is anything sinister going on, he was just being nice.. but you know someone will make this into something and Brad will be balling his eyes out in a day or two..

  5. Toot says:

    This further proves that we the public have no clue who Angelina is friends with. She doesn’t feel the need to broadcast her friendships like some people.

  6. mln76 says:

    Sweet story but we all know how In Touch and Star are going to spin this. I mean they had her screwing her 5’5 senior citizen dialect coach in an S& M dungeon . Of course they are going to make a story out of this.

  7. olivia says:

    re: “Maleficent”
    People are just DYING to work with her!! :) … -live.html

    • mln76 says:

      Lol Only you would think a casting call is a bad thing.

      • olivia says:

        The only one confirmed is Angelina Jolie playing the role of Maleficent. There is no Princess Aurora, and various other characters haven’t been cast. This is ridiculous, this movie has been talked up for what? A Year? Or more? And yet 6 weeks before filming, they are sending out audition requests?? Guess they couldn’t get anyone worth a dime in Hollywood to sign up………so now they are all opened auditions…

      • mln76 says:

        Wow it really rankles you that Disney put all that money down for Angie and that she’s the only name they feel they need to go ahead with production. I can just see your head spinning trying to make a negative story where there is none.

      • spinner says:

        Actually, Olivia makes a good point. Usually talented actors/actresses will fight tooth & nail for a plum role in an anticipated production. It is interesting that known stars are not vying for position, whatever their reasoning.

      • mln76 says:

        @spinner casting isn’t that simplistic. First off there have been numerous reports of different big name stars who may (or may not) be attached including Jude Law and Ellie Fanning. Anyone of them may have been cast even if it haven’t been officially announced which is pretty common place for any film with or without Angelina Jolie as a star. There is also the matter of scheduling and salary negotiations. It’s possible that just like David Fincher did with TGWTDT the people involved with the film could be looking for an unknown to play a major role. Oh and most of the preproduction probably had to do with the actual design of the film and not casting. To make the presumption that a film is in trouble because they put out a casting call is a bit bizarre.

      • spinner says:

        Hi min76…I made no mention of the film being in trouble & I am in the position of only assuming just like yourself. Having worked in the entertainment industry for a number of years, I just thought it was an interesting twist.

      • mln76 says:

        @ spinner the ‘bizarre’ wasn’t directed at you but olivia. sorry for the misunderstanding.

      • spinner says:

        @ min76…dat’s ok. No harm, no foul.

      • Emma says:

        The thing is, Maleficent is Disney’s HUGE blockbuster, or what they’re counting on to be, for the year 2014, whcih is why it’s released in 2014 and not 2013

        It’s being released in March, spring break time, which is when they released John Carter and Alice in Wonderland.

        Okay, John Carter was a flop, but it had a 200 million budget….

        March movies for Disney, along with May (Pirates of Caribbean) are always the movies they bank on to pull in huge cash.

        Also, this movie has been rumored since 2009…for anyone else, this movie wouldn’t have taken off the ground, but Disney will do it for Angelina Jolie. Do you think a studio will take a risk on a high budget movie for any other actress?

        It’s like what happened with Wanted 2. When Jolie dropped out, Mark Millar was like “Oh, it’s going ahead without her.” That’s 4 years ago lol, and still no Wanted 2. I think they did a poll for Wanted (or maybe it was Changeling), but Jolie was the #1 choice people went to see Wanted (or maybe it was Changeling).

        Also, what other actress could get a movie studio to rewrite an action film from a man to a woman? And then after being the single headliner of the movie, Jolie turns down the script for Salt 2 cause she doesn’t like it?

        She also turned down being a bond girl in 2006 and 2008…although 2006 was because she was pregnant (she beat Charlize Theron for the role, who dropped out later on too)…and in 2008 she didn’t want to just be eye candy to james Bond, which is why she took salt.

        Fact is, Jolie (along with Julia Roberts back in her prime) is one of the most powerful actresses ever. That doesn’t mean she’s the most successful/greatest acting, but she’s got weight in Hollywood.

        Other supposed A list actresses, however, are stuck in the same two bit kind of rom com movies, but if they’re lucky and take risks, they can break out like Sandra Bullock

      • cameron says:

        They don’t get that Angie is the Julia Roberts of the 90′s and early 2000′s.
        She’s the only actress in HW that has a backend deal along with the handful of boys… Tom Cruise, Clooney, Brad, and Will Smith.
        There was an article not so long ago from a film critic that talked about the “real movie stars” now are the ones that can open a film/generate box office $$ overseas. He went on to say that both Canadian Ryan’s are not movie stars and the one’s that I mentioned were the big stars in HW. Lainey even posted it.

      • Janet says:

        Double-dayum. The engagement seems to have sent some people completely off the rails. s m h

    • Rhea says:

      @Olivia : ??? So? The story is about Maleficent. They obviously want Jolie to be the one who play it. The center story will be about her character. Other character would be the supporting roles. The tittle is not “Maleficent, Princess Aurora and Prince Philip”. Otherwise they would cast the one who would play other characters already. As far as I know, Jolie can open a movie by her own name as the the main character. ;)

      • yuya says:

        LOL, like the last two movies that used her name…did SO well.

      • Rhea says:

        Yup. Still better than some other movie that using so many “A-list stars” ;)

      • Emma says:

        SALT, starring ONLY AJ, made 300 million, more than Horrible bosses or Just go with It

        The tourist, supposedly a HUGE flop, made 280 million, more than Just go with it or Horrible Bosses.

        Horrible Bosses, JA was in that 98 minute movie for 7 minutes of screen time.

        Adam Sandler has a much HUGER draw (based on their past movies in the last 10 years, when JA started doing movies about) than JA.

        Plus, not to pick on JA, so I’ll mention that Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock all had actual bombs last year, as did many big time male stars (Johnny, Daniel C., Harrison Ford, etc.)

        I think Jolie is opening up movies just fine.

      • cameron says:

        Yes, the last two movies she acted in did extremely well.
        The Tourist $279 mil worldwide
        Salt $294 mil worldwide

        Wanderbust, I meant lust not so much $20 mil worldwide with a $35 mil production budget, not including marketing and advertising costs.

        I guess people weren’t interested in seeing the second coming of Mr. and Mrs. Smith (the chemistry) which grossed $478 mil worldwide.

    • pamela says:

      You poor “chile”,(spelling is deliberate)you are really going off the rails. LOL.

  8. Talie says:

    They both came up in the industry at the same time, so it’s plausible. I’m guessing they came close to being co-stars some time in the early-aughts when they were both at their IT status.

  9. toto says:

    Me like Mr. rusty very much..

    why do i have a feeling that Mr. rusty will be Mark Anthony of dame Cleopatra ?

    i already feel the heat …

  10. lisa says:

    The children have been on film sets before. They have 2 parents who are actors and visit on the set all the time. Russell sent a tweet about Angie on the set. NO pics to my knowledge…

    Russell Crowe ‏ @russellcrowe
    multitudes & sentinels song…ear monitor for 7 hours, woozy.Angelina visited,woozier,prayed amongst the stars,wooziest…#lesmis

    So I guess the family is or some of them in London

    Angie starts filming on JUNE 11th.. they are still casting and in pre-production.

  11. Sue says:

    To those of you who keep bringing up Star and In Touch. You are a couple of years behind. These mags are not into these two much anymore. A side bar here or there – but they are not selling like they used to (unless Jennifer is on the cover with them). Even the People engagement cover sold poorly. Kim and that family has taken over the tabs now. Sorry to burst your bubble but Star and In Touch could not care less that Angie went with her kids to watch someone film a movie. But hey if it makes you feel like they still in high demand because Star or In Touch might write a story – go for it.

    • Red Granny says:

      Because the most important things in life are the ones that Star and In Touch are writing about *rollin eyes*

    • Hypocricy says:

      lol what a weird mindset and shallow statement. Since when tabloid exposure of an actor equal being in high demand in movies for that actor ?

      There is absolutely no correlation between the two, there are independant from one another even if at times they may be in the same tendency, otherwise, Kardashian booteygirl and before her Paris or Lindsay Lohan would be the ones in high demand….apart from the Tyler Perry project for the Kardashian chick and rom coms for Aniston who publicly admitted she doesn’t get the projects she want so bad, including as a James Bond girl….lol

    • Dede says:

      lol at Sue the resident Brange hater..i need some recepits on the engagement story not selling well cuz i think you made that up..last time i checked jen hasnt been on a cover in awhile..last time i checked when that TMZ story about jen getting married came out NOBODY wasnt trending on twitter wasnt even on the rumor section for people or usmagazine..and TMZ is usually reliable..then again no one went to see Jen and her bfs movie so its no surprise they didnt care.

    • toto says:

      I as Angie fan thank you for the Good news :)

      it bothers me when such a lovely woman as her to be on magazines only made to make losers feel better.

    • pamela says:

      I am sure that if in your infinite wisdom you are correct and OuttaTouch and Star stopped writing about the JPs, the fans and the Jolie-Pitts will be tres happy. But you need to tell Star this because they have another fanfic of them on their cover this week.

      Oh, btw People engagement publication sold very well, thank you very much.

    • icon says:

      The current cover is about is about them. Besides if they can’t put them in bad what would they put them for? Everyone knows their relationship is in its finest right now.

    • Emma says:

      In cases of big stories, PEOPLE does a double cover or makes a single cover featuring both events, not RIP it up.

      Also, Jolie’s kind of boring (sorry, true!) Vanity Fair interview for end of 2010 (her only big magazine cover since in 2011 she was doing directing stuff), was the 3rd best selling magazine cover of 2010. And That’s because Sandra Bullock adopted a baby (#1) and Lady Gaga was pulling her usual stunts.

      JA was down at #5 or #6 despite her having about 2 movies coming out each year.

  12. toto says:

    @spinner Mark Purefoy is not young Marlon Brando , he is more like young Jean-Paul Belmondo, i still want rusty to be Mark Anthony ..they do have chemistry..

  13. foozy says:

    nice guy! love angie and love the sidenote

  14. LoL says:

    Too bad their is nothing sexy going on. He’s the type of manly man Angelina needs. Someone needs to feed her and Russell loves his food.

  15. Shay Kay says:

    Russell Crowe is one hell of an actor. I’m not a “fan” of his per say but I am definitely a fan of his work.

    Totally wouldn’t buy the Russell and Jolie hooking up story. He seems too smart for it and I don’t think he’s her type. I can’t see old Russell rushing out of a room crying because his woman went and broke his wee wittle heart and I don’t see Jolie wanting a man she can’t control. Pitt seems to thrive on the whole push/pull of his and Jolie’s relationship. It’s part of what make them work.

    • Toot says:

      I don’t think Brad is the type to run out of a room crying either,but I agreement with you about Russell and Angelina not getting together .

    • Hypocricy says:

      I don’t see it happen but not because of him…i don’t think going out with married Meg Ryan (who was totally infatuated by him) then dumping her unceremoniously shortly after she left her husband for him made him smart in the dating department…More like douchey a la Gerard Butler.

      That said, he is now a married man and a father and from all accounts he is more responsible today when it comes to relationsdhips and boozing. He is also a damn fine actor.

    • Rhea says:

      Not that I am defending Pitt, but for some reason I just can’t think a “bad girl” like Angie wants a guy that easily being under her control. She would get bored soon. No way it would last this long if he is only being a doormat. I am an independent person and I do not have any interest with a guy who can not stand on his own opinion. So Jolie must have been looking for someone who could stand by her and support her too because she used to stand on her own.

      My guess is behind the door, they both take turn in control. Their role in each other might not like what the media always liked to paint them both. That Pitt is in Jolie’s tight leash of control without his own opinion.

      • pamela says:

        The comments that Brad is a “wuss” who isbeing controlled by Angie are made by the hens to TRY to justify Brad and Angie being together for so long, and by all accounts are still very much in love. It pisses them off to no end that the realationship they claimed will last only a few months,has lasted longer than his previous relationships. You got to love it.

    • LoL says:

      I beleive lainey gossip when she says brad is the control freak in that relationship.

    • mln76 says:

      I honestly think Brad is much smarter, much more saavy, and much more in control than he gets credit for. The idea that you have a career like his by being a milquetoast wimp is just laughable.

    • Shay Kay says:

      Hi guys! Just to address a few things:

      1.Russell isn’t above cheating imo but
      I do think he’s too smart to have an
      affair with Jolie thereby guaranteeing
      the media will move in with him.I
      am saying he has other, more con-
      venient options open to him.
      2.I don’t honestly believe Brad Pitt is
      crying his eyes out everytime Jolie
      says “Boo!” to him either.I was just
      going along with the “And then Brad
      cried” that this threat contains.
      He’s 48 years old in a 7 year old
      relationship with 6 kids I seriously
      doubt he’s wasting his spare time
      doing anything but enjoying the peace
      and quiet.

      • polk8dot says:

        Shay – all those comments about Brad crying were made in a sarcastic manner! And not as sarcasm toward Brad, but toward the idiotic stories the tabloids regurgitate each time they put them on the covers. The point being that we can all predict, almost to the letter, what and how will be written next time they are written about.
        How did that just go over your head? ;)

  16. Gia says:

    I would let him do nasty things to me…

  17. cool says:

    I think that is cute. They must enjoyed the time.

  18. lisa says:

    The whole family is in London.. they were at Legoland.. just saw a cute pic of Brad/Knox getting tour by one of the staff..

    he is like his sister.. he loves a sword.. cute.

  19. Ginger says:

    A friend of mine met Russell Crowe on a movie set where she was working as an extra and said he went out of his way to be nice to everyone. She says he is so down to earth that she didn’t even recognize him right away. From this information I would say he is just being friendly to Jolie and her kids.

    • Trashaddict says:

      I don’t think there’s a chance of a hook-up but watching Russell over the years, he’s very savvy at playing the media and this is a round-about way of getting his name out there without looking like he’s self-promoting. I think he realizes his audience demographic likes the family-man image and bringing Angie and her kids plays right into it.
      I do think it’s calculated, but I love him just the same.
      I wish there was a (good) vehicle for him to play Richard Burton because I think now is the time.

  20. Katherine says:

    I remember reading a long time ago in a book about the Oscars of a very warm hug between Brad and Russell when they ran into each other outside an Oscar rehearsal. So I think Brad and Russell have known each other for a long time. I do know that when Brad won the film rights to Shantaram (sp?) beating out Leo D. in a bidding war, Russell badly wanted a piece of that film. It’s about an Australian who goes to India and works with recovering addicts IIRC.

  21. CHRISTIAN_GIRL says:

    Geez, they are working for the same company. The end.

  22. Jayna says:

    One of my favorite actors.

  23. I think the guy from Thor should be cast as MA,he’s yummy