Friday, June 3, 2005

Russell Crowe Gets Jug Ears In The Name Of Art

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Ron Howard says Russell Crowe was willing to go to great lengths for his role in Cinderella Man – even get jug ears.

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 fighter’s was, in his words, “beyond the call of duty.”

The “ear-rie” tale started when Crowe pointed to a picture of Braddock and asked, “Don’t you want me to do that look?” Howard said “Maybe” so Crowe went to work with the makeup artist.

When Crowe returned for his director’s approval, he looked fantastic but Howard didn’t smile.

So Crowe asked him why he was frowning and Howard replied, “As a guy who’s 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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