Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe was an interesting character. His thick Australian accent virtually disappeared when he was on-camera, but would instantly return when they stopped rolling.

He was a bit more tempermental than the others (although not excessively so), but I believe that was because he was very dedicated and worked very hard. Case in point, he spent many hours learning the art of gunslinging. Those twirling tricks he does in Kid Fee's Gun Shop were actually done by him. He got very good at it and often practiced between takes.

We spent 16 hours in the saloon "hanging" him (Cort) during one very long night. He worked harder that night than anyone, since he had to be at the brink of strangulation most of the time. He was wearing a safety harness with a hidden wire, but he still had to keep the rope tight against his neck, while on tiptoes, through the shooting of that entire scene. I have a lot of respect for him.

I regret that I did not get a personal photo of him on set.

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