Russell Crowe Mocks Actors Who Signed Up for Superhero Movies for 'the Wrong Reasons'

The 'Gladiator' star sheds light on his experience working on superhero movies in the wake of Dakota Johnson's critical comments, offering insight into the industry's mechanics.

AceShowbiz - Russell Crowe is a familiar face in the realm of superhero movies, having portrayed iconic characters such as Superman's biological father Jor-El in "Man of Steel," Zeus in "Thor: Love and Thunder," and soon, Kraven's estranged father in "Kraven the Hunter." Recently, Crowe discussed his experience in making these blockbuster films in response to criticism from Dakota Johnson, who described her time on "Madame Web" as art "made by a committee."

When asked by British GQ about Johnson's comments, Crowe responded with his characteristic humor. "I don't want to make any comments to what anybody else might have said or what their experience is, but… you're bringing out the impish quality of my humor," he laughed.

"You're telling me you signed up for a Marvel movie, and some f***ing universe for cartoon characters… and you didn't get enough pathos? Not quite sure how I can make this better for you. It's a gigantic machine, and they make movies at a certain size…these are jobs. You know: here's your role, play the role. If you're expecting this to be some kind of life-changing event, I just think you're here for the wrong reasons."

Crowe acknowledged that working on superhero films can be challenging, particularly when it comes to acting alongside green screens. "It can be challenging, working in a blue-screen world, when you have to convince yourself of a lot more than just the internal machinations of your character," he said, echoing sentiments previously shared by Anthony Hopkins.

However, Crowe was quick to note that his personal experiences had been positive, whether under the direction of Taika Waititi in "Thor: Love and Thunder" or JC Chandor in the upcoming "Kraven the Hunter."

In response to Johnson's assertion that films made by committee lack artistic integrity, Crowe reflected on his own role in the industry. "I mean [on 'Thor'], ok, it's a Marvel movie, but it's Taika Waititi's world, and it was just a gas every day, being silly."

"And then, with JC Chandor on 'Kraven,' I'm just bringing a little weight to the circumstances, so the young actors have got an actor they can bounce off. Going to work with JC was fun. You know, so many of these directors have a certain skill level - freaking genius people."

While acknowledging that movie-making decisions are increasingly influenced by committees, Crowe's perspective remains balanced and professional. "But is that the Marvel process? I'm not sure you can say that," he concluded. Although he admits it can be tough, Crowe seems to appreciate the structure and talent within the industry.

Russell Crowe's next superhero movie, "Kraven the Hunter," hits theaters on December 13. His candid and practical take offers a refreshing view in an industry often critiqued for its commercialism, proving that even in a "gigantic machine," there is space for genuine enjoyment and artistic contribution.

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