Howard says Crowe trained as a boxer and dropped weight for the role of Jim Braddock but thinks making his ears stick out like the fighters was, in his words, beyond the call of duty.
The ear-rie tale started when Crowe pointed to a picture of Braddock and asked, Dont you want me to do that look? Howard said Maybe so Crowe went to work with the makeup artist.
When Crowe returned for his directors approval, he looked fantastic but Howard didnt smile.
So Crowe asked him why he was frowning and Howard replied, As a guy whos had those ears all his life, are you sure you want to do this to yourself?
Cinderella Man, which also stars Renee Zellweger, opens in theaters today (Jun. 3).
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