Russell Crowe had a tantrum about people accurately describing Roger Ailes

'The Loudest Voice' TV show premiere

Ever since the Roger Ailes-Fox News TV movie/miniseries was announced, I’ve been dreading it. First of all, it was announced and made too soon – Gretchen Carlson had barely gotten her settlement and Roger Ailes was barely cold in the ground (and burning in hell) when they decided to do this miniseries, The Loudest Voice. It was in poor taste on a lot of different levels. Also in poor taste? Casting Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes, with a mountain of prosthetics. I will ring this bell as loudly as I want and as often as I want: I don’t want to f–king hear about an actor’s heroics in “sitting for hours in the makeup chair” when it’s clear the producers should have just f–king hired someone who looks more like the real person. Enough of this sh-t.

Anyway, Russell Crowe was always a sh-tty choice to play Roger Ailes for a million other reasons besides “Crowe looks nothing like Ailes.” Russell Crowe is exactly the kind of guy who would think that Roger Ailes was secretly a good guy who was just misunderstood, or the kind of serial sexual predator who “did a lot of good things.” Russell Crowe is exactly the kind of guy who would throw a tantrum during a promotional event because the moderator properly identified Roger Ailes as a monster.

Russell Crowe had another of his trademark meltdowns this week. The historically histrionic actor lost it at a Q&A event while defending late Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, whom Crowe plays in a new Showtime series, “The Loudest Voice.” A source told us Crowe was scheduled to take part in a panel discussion about the series at Build Studio in the Village — but went off on a tirade when event producers wanted the host to introduce Crowe to the stage in a way that would cast Ailes in a bad light.

“It was harmless,” says the source. “But Russell threw himself into a rage as soon as he heard it. It had not been preapproved by his people. He refused to walk out on the stage. He was screaming at people and then just stormed out onto the street.”

We hear his castmates Sienna Miller, Naomi Watts, Annabelle Wallis and Seth MacFarlane were already onstage during the incident. When the host, Ricky Camilleri, introduced the panel, he referred to Ailes — who resigned from Fox News in 2016 following sexual harassment allegations — as someone who bullied journalists and politicians, and was a “sick person.” He then took it further, proceeding to expand on his negative views of Ailes. According to the source, Crowe returned to the building to do a press interview in the basement, and Camilleri and a producer came down to apologize to him. But Crowe was still fuming. “He completely unloaded on the host!”

A rep for Crowe told us, “This is not correct. Russell did not ‘freak out,’ and there was no ‘curse-filled tirade.’ He simply made the decision not to do the interview following the host’s intro.” They claimed Crowe “graciously accepted” the apology. A rep for the panel said, “[Crowe] was concerned the interview would be biased given our host saying [Ailes] was not a good guy. That’s the end of the story. Our studio is a place of respect and comfort, and everyone who comes here has a great time. It’s just not true.”

[From Page Six]

I mean… do we all have to personally apologize to RUSSELL CROWE whenever we talk sh-t about Roger Ailes now? It probably wasn’t even sh-ttalking, it was just “a factual list of things Roger Ailes did.” Roger Ailes would have given Leni Riefenstahl a run for her money. Roger Ailes sexually harassed and abused dozens of women in his employ, and created a culture where the men of Fox News always devalued, debased and abused their female coworkers. This is not a moment for “well, actually, you’re being too harsh on Roger Ailes!” And it’s definitely not the moment for Russell Crowe to get mad about… people telling the truth about Roger Ailes.

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  1. minx says:

    Why did we need a movie about that POS? Hope it flops badly.

    • Mia4s says:

      It’s a limited TV series, but point taken.

      Sigh…Gladiator was a long, LONG time ago. 🙄

      • Jerusha says:

        So was LA Confidential.😍😢

      • Snappyfish says:

        I loved LA Confidential. I like Nice Guys as well but you have a Bloated Crowe but there is also Gosling. It’s worth a look as the move is good.

      • TQB says:

        @Snappyfish – Nice Guys was so good! I wish they’d do a sequel.

      • Snappyfish says:

        @TQB Crowe said the same thing on Howard Stern last week. That they had so much fun making that movie they want to do another.

  2. Incredulous says:

    “[Crowe] was concerned the interview would be biased given our host saying [Ailes] was not a good guy.”

    Did he not read his own script or something? Was he under the impression he’d made a hagiography?

    • Mia4s says:

      [Crowe] was concerned the interview would be biased given our host saying New York was a city in New York State.

      Seriously. That’s the level this is on. I can’t tell if Crowe is insanely insecure or just a moron.

      Lots of actors play very bad people and enjoy the acting challenge (actually just go back a week or two to the Hollywood Reporter Drama actors round table and Diego Luna has a good take on this and the drug kingpin he plays. And he makes his point without ever falling into nonsense about sympathizing or “both sides”). It can be very interesting/ entertaining. It’s not a reflection on the actor….until they pull s**t like this.

    • Veronica S. says:

      You would think half the fun of playing terrible people is talking shit about them afterwards when describing the movie. Nothing can make you feel better about yourself than knowing you aren’t Roger Ailes – unless, of course, you behave just like him.

      • Tiffany says:


        But Crowe is not self deprecating or self aware enough to do that. He really is a charisma vacuum.

      • maisie says:

        Wonder if Crowe ever read the testimony of one of Ailes’ victims, who said that he welcomed her into his office with his pants down, and that his genitals looked like “raw red hamburger meat.” Attractive, considering the hunk to whom they were attached. Wonder if this scene made it into the series? After all, Ailes was such a “good guy.”

    • whybother says:

      I read those sentence and wonder which part of RA is a good guy tbh.
      He is a bad guy

  3. Kate says:

    He does know…he’s not Roger Ailes…right?

  4. Mumbles says:

    The Gabriel Sherman book on which the miniseries is based is a great, well-researched book. I saw the first episode of this series on Sunday and thought it was pretty good. Neither the book nor the episode I saw is pro-Ailes by any stretch. To each their own.

    That said you would think by now that Crowe would have learned to calm down, or at least be adequately medicated. Nobody’s banging on the doors begging him to work for them.

    • Tiffany says:

      I watched it Sunday as well and yeah, it was on point for a intro episode. Tom McCarthy is one of people behind the show and he does good work and I don’t see him making Ailes anything other than what he was.

      But then again, it was only one episode and I can be eating those words next week.

      • Renee says:

        I agree. I thought first episode was good and made Ailes out to be the creep he was.

      • Anne Call says:

        Yeah, I thought it was pretty good. One of the people depicted (the blonde that he met in a bar and said he liked her in pearls) is suing the production for $750 million. I think she doesn’t like that they made her look like she agreed with what Ailes asked he to do instead of being his victim. Also, how does Crowe have to sit and get prosthetic’s applied? He’s definitely already the same girth as Ailes was. Just a bald wig and he’s good to go.

  5. Jenns says:

    Remember when he raged at a producer who cut his awards speech short because he was trying to read a sh*tty poem?

    Russell has always shown his a**. And he’s the perfect example of how men can act like this and continue to get work, but a woman would be blacklisted for life.

  6. Lady D says:

    He’s a real Summer’s Eve kind of guy.

  7. Renee says:

    I watched the first episode last night. I liked it and thought the story & acting seem spot on. I actually think Crowe does a good job of playing Roger Ailes. The prosthetics were really good & he made the character believable. The show makes Roger out to be a bully, predator & complete creep. As I said, Crowe plays it seamlessly.

    • Tiffany says:

      And I wanna give huge props to Annabelle Wallis for her scenes with Crowe. She nailed it. I got chills for her.

  8. Jerusha says:

    Regarding the use of prosthetics-it was a travesty that Gary Oldman’s make-up won as Best Actor a couple of years ago, while nominees Timothee Chalamet and Daniel Day-Lewis acted rings around him. GO should’ve won for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy instead.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @Jerusha, Agree with you 100%. I thought Daniel Day-Lewis should have won the Oscar for Phantom Thread and Gary Oldham should have won the Oscar for playing George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

      If Gary Oldham wants to win a second Oscar he needs to play David Lloyd-George in another major bio pic as he has an uncanny resemblance to David Lloyd-George IMPO.

  9. Goneblank says:

    He also refused to do an Australian radio interview unless they played his woeful band.

  10. Des says:

    Frankly, I was waiting for this ever since I saw him on Colbert a couple of weeks ago and Colbert said something about Ailes being a monster and Crowe immediately jumped in with the whole “misunderstood” bit and how it was ok that Ailes had done what he did because he was a musical theater nerd (????) who just thought the news should be entertainment. It was hilarious watching him say this to Colbert, the Daily Show alum, who clearly thinks this is terrible while Crowe apparently thinks it was a stroke of genius.

  11. AppleTarin says:

    I listened to his interview with Howard Stern. Howard was going in on Ailes and Russell was trying to half assed defend the character. I think Russell is a bit too close to the material/character. Every villain sees themselves as a hero. From the way I took it during the interview Russell sees Roger as a pioneer he literally moved mountains to get Fox News on the air and make it a juggernaut for the conservatives. Since Russell doesn’t have the best track record with treating women. He probably discounts that side of the character/man.

  12. JanetFerber says:

    Didn’t Crowe throw a phone at a hotel clerk because he was pissed he couldn’t dial his girlfriend in Australia? Piece of shit.

  13. Meg says:

    Russell Crowe responding like this is another reason why he wasn’t the choice to play this guy. Audiences can still watch an unlikeable character

  14. Deeanna says:

    Russell Crowe has been an asshole for a very long time now.

  15. JanetFerber says:

    He’s gotten incredibly fat and pompous. He needs to get his weight and his ego under control, not necessarily in that order. I really liked him in the noir film with Kim Bassinger (forgot the name), just as I once liked Mel Brooks in The Year of Living Dangerously. Both Aussie actors with crap personalities and values.

    • Kit says:

      I think you mean Mel Gibson, and he’s actually American (born USA and lived most of his life there). And Russell is a Kiwi. Australia takes no responsibility for them.