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in a Nazi war camp, which Owen portrayed in "Bent" (1997).
Right after the controversies, that was in 1998, Owen got his biggest film break in Mike Hodges' movie "Croupier" that portrayed him as a struggling writer who takes a job in a London casino as an inspiration for his work, only to get caught up in a robbery scheme. For that role, he was being criticized by English audiences, yet being praised by the U.S. who with an open hand received the film and finally took notice on him. Since then, Owen played in some other famous films, like "The Bourne Identity" which was a 2002 movie based on the book of the same name by Robert Ludlum where he portrayed the professor. In addition, he also got the title role in "King Arthur" (2004) movie where he played as a Roman officer, the son of a Roman father and a Celtic mother, who leads a military force of Sarmatian cavalry in Britain at the close of Roman occupation. Later on Owen took part in "Closer," a 2004 film directed by Mike Nichols starring Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, and Jude Law, which involves infidelity, intimacy and sacrifice in its story.
In early 2005, Clive Owen and co star Natalie Portman won that year Golden Globes (Sunday, January 16th) for Best Supporting Actor and Actress for their roles in "Closer," defeated some other strong competitors, including Morgan Freeman, who played in "Million Dollar Baby"; David Carradine for "Kill Bill"; Thomas Haden Church for "Sideways"; and Jamie Foxx for "Collateral." Following that success, the actor then appeared in a series of high-profile features that included "Sin City" (2005), "Derailed" (2005), "Inside Man" (2006), and "Children of Men" (2006), which was deemed Best Science Fiction Film by U.S. Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
2007, in the meantime, found Clive acting in two contrasting movie genres through "Shoot 'Em Up" and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age." While the former was a hard-core action flick, the latter appeared to be a period drama piece that was a follow-up to 1998's "Elizabeth." More stints came afterwards as he quickly got attached to "The Boys Are Back in Town" (2008), "The International" (2008), and "Trouble Is My Business" (2009) while again portraying Dwight McCarthy in "Sin City 2" (2009).
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