In nearly a month of filming “State of Play” in D.C., the famously hot-tempered Oscar winner, Russell Crowe has encountered all manner of provocations (autograph seekers, cherry blossom traffic, happy hours overrun by lawyers), but by all accounts has behaved like a gentleman. This past weekend he continued to keep his cool in the face of the most obnoxious irritant yet, a loudmouth who crashed his movie shoot.
The scene was Mount Pleasant, where Crowe’s scruffy-reporter character lives. Around midnight, as the crew filmed Crowe standing at a bus stop by tiny Lamont Park, a man burst onto the set, waving his arms and shouting that he could walk wherever he wanted. The man was ushered away and the scene was reshot, but the guy kept yelling from the sidelines, so Crowe walked over to him with two bodyguards.
“Man, this is my job, this is what I do,” Crowe calmly told the man.”Do you know how many millions it takes to film these shots and to redo them?” As the star walked away, the heckler exploded: “[Expletive] you, Russell Crowe! [Expletive] my [expletive]!”
That’s when news almost happened. Crowe spun around and started to walk back, but his bodyguards reached out and advised the actor to let it be. He did, and police escorted the man from the set.
Can he possibly stay this nice through a full month in D.C.?