Russell Crowe lost weight, found makeup: would you still hit it?

Do you know how hot I used to be for Russell Crowe? This was back before Gladiator even came out. I was hot for Russell when I saw LA Confidential. BUD WHITE!!! God, I love that movie. And Big Russ was super-hot in it, in a man’s man kind of way, but he was also vulnerable and interesting, like a young Marlon Brando. Then of course came Gladiator, and every lady in the world wanted to ride his jock. And then he gained some weight and barely worked, and when he did work, his girth (and not the good girth) was always a topic of conversation.

Well, Russell has lost the weight – these are new photos of Not-So-Big Russ at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards on Friday, in LA. I haven’t seen new photos of Crowe in months and months, it feels like. He looks… good? But maybe not? I don’t know, I can’t decide. I had gotten so used to seeing the bigger Russell, to the point where I kind of liked the extra meat on him. Plus, I think his skin looks weird, like he overdid the foundation. Basically, I’m glad that he’s trying out a maybe healthier lifestyle/diet, but he also looks a bit sickly to me now.

So, here are the questions: would you still hit it? Would you have ever hit it? Would you be more likely to hit it now, or back when he was in the midst of a love affair with ice cream?

Oh, and in case you miss seeing a random, beefy, hairy Australian, I threw in a photo of Joel Edgerton at the same event. He’s been hit with Russell Crowe Syndrome – hard. I hope it’s for a role?

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, WENN.

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  1. AMANDA says:

    He does have some blush on that’s for sure. Don’t think i would hit it.

    • podzol says:

      The contour blush makes him look embalmed in some of the pictures. Just me? 🙂

      • ThirdChris says:

        Totally looks embalmed, thank you. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. He looks like he just hopped out of a casket.

        No, I would not hit it. (Gladiator days, yes.)

    • Capella says:

      Would not hit it either. That’s the same colored blush I use, and I’m jealous because it looks prettier on Russell. Insert sad face here.

      I would hit though the new Spartacus. In full Spartacus regalia, that’s a given!

  2. Mia says:

    His peach blush and matte bronzer sure look precious. Pass.

  3. says:

    I prefer the chunky and scruffy Russell. Does his mouth know any other position or is it permanently stuck in this half-open idiotic position?

    • MK says:

      I totally second that! I’ve seen sooo many photos of him throughout the years with this same stupid mouth hanging open with tongue showing ‘I think I’m so cute’ look. Get real and please close your mouth. It’s gathering dust.

    • Leila says:

      i prefer my man with some lips..not too much but still..i mean can even you image kissing Russell!eww…the same thing goes with John hamm..he’s handsome but his thin lips are a major turnoff

    • Trashaddict says:

      The mouth open is probably because of sinus/allergy issues, been there. A couple of fixes would really help – he needs to fire his tailor, that’s the worst-fitted suit I’ve ever seen him in, and he should not go without some facial hair, he looks better with it. At least he’s got his hair short now, which definitely looks better on him.
      Unfortunately some day he’s going to have to do his eyelids, will have to be really careful or he’ll be totally unrecognizable.
      Not as sexy as he used to be, but he seems loyal to his family and despite the ego he can be a good storyteller. I find those things very attractive.
      PS every kiss I’ve ever seen him do on screen, I wouldn’t mind being on the receiving end!

    • mjkbk says:

      Russell’s mouth is usually caught in the open position because he’s talking to reporters and photographers. Call him a blabbermouth maybe……

      The makeup WAS applied too heavily.

      He “barely worked” after Gladiator? Really? He has made 15 movies in the last 12 years.

      The silly, erroneous things people keep saying Russell Crowe. Guess that’s what happens when we get all our entertainment “news” from tabloids and gossip columns.

  4. bgirl says:

    If he took off the makeup, I would totally hit that.

  5. ds says:

    I would never have hit it. He is a real man I give him that. I like that, there should be more guys like him on screen. Love watching him but wouldn’t hit it.

  6. Fassy's Girl says:

    He has warts on his right palm in the third picture and if you closer he as a bugger in the second picture! Ewwwwwww!

  7. SG says:

    Ugh, no. He looks great, but I still remember his temper tantrums.

    His pants fit terribly.

  8. Bite me says:

    Pompous asshole… Ugly as sin

  9. Lucy says:

    Joel Edgerton looks like a bloated, boozy mess…Russell looks okay…probably wouldn’t hit it now (might buy a used car from him) But back in his Gladiator outfit…OOOOOOOOHHHHHHWWWWWWEEEEEE! I would of hit that so hard, he would have needed a penis cast for a month!

  10. bea says:

    He looks like the creepy biz man who tried to buy you a drink at the bar. Gross.

    Did he always have no lips?

    Plus his “personality” kills any possibility of me finding him attractive.

    • Jamie says:

      Yesyesyesyesyes! He looks like a creepy older man trying to look young and hit on chicks. UGH! No thank you.

  11. Beregorl says:

    Bud White! Yes, yes, yes! 🙂 L.A. Confidental is a great movie and I definitely fell in love with Guy Pearce and Russell, aka The Hot Aussies. Hmm, good old memories.
    It’s great that he got rid of his extra weight, but imho he should grow a beard again. I want the badass Oliver Reed 2.0 back.

  12. UKHels says:

    he was unbelievably smokin’ in Gladiator

    and I like the twinkle in his eye

    but prefer him scruffy – he looks a bit streeeeetched to me…

  13. Nanea says:

    I actually liked him best in American Gangster, the corrupt cop out to get Denzel Washington.

    But I never wanted or ever would…

  14. Bonjourmiette says:

    Actually pre-LA Confidential Russell was way hotter. The Sum of Us Russell for sure. But the Virtuosity (which yes somehow was a insanely awful movie despite Crowe and Denzel Washington as its lead) Russell was evil and hot. I’d never hit it now, his personality is what’s ugly buff or puff.

  15. Jackie says:

    nasty. no thanks. never got the appeal, especially since the phone throwing incident.

  16. Cathy says:

    I don’t know whether I’d hit on him or not. I have to think about it for awhile. I’ll get back to you on that. In the mean time who is that other guy? Never heard of him. The two of them look awful bitchy in that picture. Looks like they don’t want to be there at all.

  17. renee says:

    I remember him in LA hot! when he got really famous he was very sexy! but he showed his true colors. I think he is known more for his bad temper than anything else. He has always been able to get fat and noone really says anything..Every once in a while some tabloid will show him fat and eating fast food..but never as bad as when actresses gain weight.

  18. sister says:

    I liked him better sloppy. He looks a bit Shayne Warne.

    • Bej says:

      Yuck, Rusty, Shane Warne and Joel are not decent representations of hot Aussie men.

    • Andie B says:

      @sister..let’s hope he is not doing a Shane Warne. I cannot believe Big Russ is wearing makeup! Gladiator Russ was PIPING hot! Podgy, hairy, unwashed looking Russ was not for me. I prefer him slimmer and clean cut, but NOT wearing foundation and blusher.

  19. jess says:

    Ugh, no. He’s no longer hot and his personality seems detestable.

  20. Kaye says:

    His face always reminds me of a tortoise. Maybe it’s his lips (or lack thereof).

  21. carrie says:

    his hair isnot good on him but he looks better and he’s very good actor

    Joel’s girlfriend or wife is pretty

  22. Anguishedcorn says:

    I used to really think he was sexy… but that there is ridiculous.

  23. Lucy says:

    Do you think he ever looks at pictures of Meg Ryan and says Thank You Jesus for getting away from that thing….

    • Asli says:

      😆 It’s not like he was a catch either. Kaiser, I think the new look is because he’s got several roles coming up this year. On Wikipedia it says

      ”In preparation for several film roles in 2012, from June to November 2011 Crowe underwent a gluten-free and non-alcoholic diet and fitness program that consisted of walking, mountain biking and workout in the gym. During this period he lost 24 kg (52,8 lbs) reducing his weight from 114 down to 90 kg (198 lbs)”

  24. Hautie says:

    He must have really wanted a certain role.

    That require a calm and slim down Russell.

    Not the burly, angry, non-bath Russell.

    They all eventually figure out that being a loud sloppy ass. Will stop a actor from getting a film they want.

    So here we have a cleaned up Russell. I bet he will work non stop if he stays looking like this.

    Just think of what would happen if Lohan ever cleaned her ass up.

    Dye her hair back to auburn.

    Take a bath… with soap and hot water.

    And stop looking like the “Queen of the Crack Heads”.

    She would have (decent) work offer to her immediately.

  25. Tazina says:

    No, no. Never. But I think he is a fine actor with a great voice.

    • Caz says:

      I adore Russ’s voice. He narrates documentaries sometimes….drool. Same with Kenneth Branagh & Ewan McGregor. Much prefer him in Gladiator/Robin Hood mode. Fun fact: he gave a motivational speech to the Aus Olympic team (a la his “unleash hell” from Gladiator) one time. Apparently it was awe-inspring.

  26. smokin'jo says:

    Naw he has no upper lip! And I don’t think I’d hit that, he probably hits back 😛

  27. Bubbling says:

    I’d hit fat ass Russel till the next Sunday, such a power man bear lol…This skinny one I’ll pass 🙂

  28. serena says:

    Come on, he looks good!

  29. Victoria says:

    If Jolie does Cleopatra, wouldn’t he make a perfect Julius C and Mr Sexy Fassy as Marc Antony?

    I want to see Jolie with Fassy.

  30. Cleo says:

    I think Romper Stomper was his best look and thus his best hair. I like that “This is my unapologetic Irish face!” look.

  31. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I never wanted to and wouldn’t change my mind. He’s a “real man”. Well, I think he’s a real douche for being a homewrecker. Add him to the list with all the other lame-os

  32. Jayna says:

    I loved him in Cinderella Man. And he was excellent in that thriller last year called Three Days or something like that about a man trying to help his wife who was convicted of murder (wrongly he believes) and she is set for execution and he has three days to break her out of jail
    He was so convincing as a mild-mannered husband pushed o extreme measures.

  33. Coco says:

    The toothless smile kills it for me. Plus we all know what a cry baby, temper tantrum asshat he is.

  34. Mairead says:

    Oh I’d hit it all right – with a feckin’ baseball bat. He’s a vile jackass.

  35. jen7waters says:

    Uh, no, thanks. But I like the suit.

  36. Jules says:

    Crowe’s a bit past his prime, but still sexy to me. Edgerton looks scary!

  37. atlantapug says:

    No way! He looks “doughy thin”. Like there’s not an ounce of muscle on him anywhere.
    I also don’t care for him clean shaven. He looks so “average “.

  38. Lara says:

    Always! I did fall love with him in LA Confidential, he was terrific just like the movie itself. I have a life-time crash on him; he has never been a pretty boy but always a man, and a real talent. I want him to come back on the big screen forever, even with some extra foundation/extra pounds. If Russell is in the movie I will definitely see it esp. when he collaborates with Ridley Scott. To me it means quality.

  39. jferber says:

    I agree that his violent and stupid attacks on people (an older director, a hapless hotel clerk) killed any hotness he once possessed. After that, I wouldn’t even watch a film he was in. And the pompous/arrogant attitude, like he’s the frigging emperor of Australia was plenty off-putting. So yes, I’d pass.

    • Bej says:

      Ha! at emperor of Australia, certainly has put that out there hasn’t he? Whilst he’s still a New Zealand citizen. Don’t even think he even ended up applying for dual citizenship. Sorry just checked my facts, he is an Australian citizen, since 2006. oops

  40. dahlia1947 says:

    Yes i would!!! Loved him in Robin Hood and L.A. Confidential of course.

  41. Amanda G says:

    I would never hit that! He has all those nasty moles. And he has no sense of humor.

    • Claire says:

      I don’t know if I would say he has no sense of humour. He said he found the South Park episode where they made fun of his temper pretty hilarious. Also he does joke about the phone incident. He has about the sexiest voice in Hollywood I think.

  42. Petunia says:

    Russell looks like he lost his upper and lower dentures in these photos. It’s not an appealing look but maybe these are just bad photos?

    I would have hit him in Gladiator days and maybe even his teddy bear days but not digging the new look thus far. Don’t know why but his face just looks odd.

    Another actor who used to have it and who has TOTALLY lost it is James Spader. WTF happened there???

    • Youdontsay says:

      For James Spader it is the weight! He does not wear weight well on his small frame. I saw him when he was on Broadway; he had lost a lot of weight and looked really good (in spite of the receding hairline). Unlike Russell’s, he has absolutely beautiful skin that looks about as soft and supple as a baby’s bottom! If Spader would really lose the weight he would look like a slightly older version of 2002 Spader. Russell just looks different with his weight lose…something fundamental has changed. 🙁

  43. HA! says:

    He is like Mel Gibson: when they were younger they were hotter…time hasn’t been kind to them though. I mean, Russ still looks pretty interesting…but that Gladiator type of “testosterone, i’m your daddy, spark” is definitely gone.

  44. Sassy says:

    Would never hit it in a million years. Not now or back in the day! Do not see his appeal.

  45. hillbilly in the corner says:

    I like the old Robin Hood scruffy look..made you want to give him a bath and love him up and cuddle ….this new Russell looks like a used car salesman in his shiny suit trying to sell you a used Yugo as a gas saver economy car……

  46. Jaxx says:

    Ick. Never. Grossest. Robin. Ever.

  47. Ann says:

    Thin-lipped men aren’t hot.

  48. Camille (The original) says:

    I’ve never found him attractive, still don’t. The Aussies can keep him.

  49. Maritza says:

    He may have lost weight but he still looks pudgy looking, he used to be so handsome.

  50. B says:

    Looks a bit Ewan McGregor-ish. Not a bad thing.

  51. LittleDeadGrrl says:

    Lose the makeup and maybe a little scruff and sure but right now looks sickly and made up. Pass.

  52. Zoe says:

    No, never understood his appeal. He’s a good actor. Wish he was actually in more movies.

  53. Joie says:


  54. Dirty Martini says:

    (Dirty Martini nods sheepishly)

  55. Whatever you want it to be says:

    No I would not because he seems like a douche and his band is f’ing TERRIBLE – 50 Odd Foot of Grunts, the hell kind of name is that?

    Also the cakey foundation is not sexy.

  56. gee_gee says:

    There is nothing you could have done 10 years ago, and nothing you can do now to make Russell attractive to me.

    And I enjoyed Gladiator.

    I would not like him thin or fat. I would not like him here or there. I would not like him anywhere.

    • Mr.Smurf says:

      The only reason I watched Gladiator was because of Joaquin. I watched it for the first time about a year ago. I still haven’t seen the full movie, but I’ve seen all of Joaquin’s scenes. Crowe never did it for me…my mom says Gladiator was the movie that made him think he was the sh*t. I was so mad when I heard Joaquin hadn’t even been nominated for anything for the film.

  57. Shy says:

    While he was playing his game (“I’m so popular and talented. I can do anything. I can gain weight and be ugly. And then I can easily loose weight and be hot”) – his youth and career vanished away. And now he is in “Where are they now” list.

    He lost weight, he shaved and…. still he looks gross. It’s hard to even look at him. So gross.

  58. Sophie says:

    Oh god! I never found him very attractive in the the first place, but he looks repulsive here. Never.

  59. j says:

    Does anyone else think he’s had major work done on his nose? It went from distinguished and substantial to pinched and feminine. Scruffy, overweight Russell was bad, but the “pretty” version is so much worse.

  60. Elise says:

    Fat or thin I would take him in a heart beat. He’s a talented man, a devoted husband and father. Who wouldn’t want a man whose eyes twinkle when they talk about their family? He has a huge heart to match. A star who gives back to his own community and more and doesn’t brag about it. Yup I’d keep him 🙂

    • Caz says:

      Danielle Spencer would be very happy to read all your negative comments about poor Russ. She’s hanging onto him like superglue!!!

      • Janet Mozelewski says:

        For someone ‘hanging on to him like superglue’ she sure enjoys staying home in Oz to do Dancing With The Stars while he is the other side of the world. Doubt they have been together in the same continent for more than 6 weeks in the last year. Good for her.

  61. sarah says:

    Yes, I still would. I could just remember the Gladiator days and listen to him talk.

  62. MAMAKOWALSKA says:

    His get up and go has got up and went.

  63. Sam says:

    Anyone else notice the white spot on his nostril in the second picture? Booger or coke, I don’t care. Had to stop looking at the rest of the pictures after that. Yuck.

  64. JudyJudyJudy says:

    he is such a great actor he needs to find actual parts to play, not leading roles in junk.

  65. Julie says:

    Wow, what a turn around for him. Looking sooooooo much better!

  66. Stubbylove says:

    I had it BAD for Crowe – back in Romper Stomper and The Quick and the Dead days. Forget about it when Gladiator came out – I have the movie memorized. He’s gorgeous, sexy, headstrong, a huge pain the arse and unbelievably talented and honest. I think he’s often misunderstood and has a short fuse with the press and bullshit – which gets him into trouble sometimes. He looks good here and I love his little Oz family. Would I hit now? HELL YES.

  67. orion70 says:

    He was pretty scruffy when he guested on Republic of Doyle recently, and yeah I think I’d still hit it, lol. He did a lot of local press in Newfoundland during filming and talking about how his family was enjoying their time there.

    He does look a bit dorky here though.

  68. Stacia says:

    NO…just no….I would not!

  69. AM says:

    I prefer the Gladiator look myself lol..

  70. darkladi says:

    He looks like puff the magic dragon. There will be no sweetshop wrecking. EVER

  71. Kristen says:

    Does he have any teeth?

  72. Therese says:

    I will answer your question by rephrasing it, did I ever have the hots for Russell.

    You’re kidding, right? I was stunned by him in LA Confidential. Loved the movie, but you hit the nail on the head by describing his character and characterization in it. Very masculine, but vulnerable. He was gorgeous in a manly way. His whole fame thing reminds me of his friend Nicole Kidman and many others in the fame game. There are just so many actors out there, and so few parts. I think he screwed up his ride on the fame train. So many think their seat is never going to be taken. I don’t think he played his cards right when he had his chance, and he is finding that fame is fickle, and public interest moves on. It seems actors believe their hype when they are in the midst of their first flush or full flush of fame, and cease to be as careful about playing their cards as they were when they were seeking fame. He looks good. Still a cutie, but not like when he played Bud White. I can’t remember when I was so hot for an actor. Mercy. I’m sorry to say he had lost my interest. But if he came back in a really good flick, he’s such a good and compelling actor, who knows. It’s interesting, when I posted my comment, you had 100 responses. 🙂 That says something.

  73. MsJAPrufrock says:

    Crowe is only attractive to me on screen, not in pictures. His features are very ordinary and he looks like any typical, beer-drinking Australian bloke you’d find in a pub. But when he’s acting, there’s something really attractive about him. He has great screen presence and a great voice. I loved him in “Master and Commander”.