This year’s biblical epic movie, Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky opened at #1 in the weekend box office bringing in an estimated $44 million in theater ticket sales. The drama depicts the scriptural tale of a man being chosen by his creator to execute a seemingly impossible feat in order to spare himself and his loved ones from a world about to be washed free of its terrible sinners. With an all-star cast led by Russell Crowe and including Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Watson, Noah, even in its third week is pushing to cover the reported $125 million spent on production.
What’s interesting is the slew of negative criticism the film has received—from religious individuals whom one would think would be the films largest fan base. The lead actor, Russell Crowe, has had to put forth multiple defenses of the movie which is roughly grounded from the story from Genesis. The actor denounces the negative attention the film has received and says most of it has come from critics who have not even actually seen the movie. This feedback is proving rather frustrating for all involved since one of the biggest markets they hoped to pull in were Christians. Unfortunately, these tactics failed. Even worse, the film was eventually banned in several large areas of the Middle East and North Africa for its portrayal of religious accounts.
Having said that, the movie has still brought in over $100 million into the box office after its third weekend; it’s obviously being trafficked by some. For one, Noah is the 2nd highest opening in Crowe’s career, so it’s no small wonder the actor is defending his prized role. Keep reading for some little known facts about this high-profile leading man.
10 He hails from New Zealand.
9 He never graduated high school.
8 He’s known for having a fiery temper.
7 He’s a musician.
6 He’s the owner of a rugby team.
5 He was arrested for 2nd-degree assault.
4 He supports Occupy Wall Street.
3 He ranted on Twitter about circumcisions.
2 He allegedly encountered a UFO sighting.
1 He was the target of an Al Qaeda plot.
Most shocking of all that is interesting about this colorful actor is his appearance on a noteworthy ‘hit-list’. The Gladiator actor revealed in 2005 that he was, indeed, the target of an Al Qaeda plot for “cultural destabilization”. Apparently, the actor was approached by the FBI in 2001 and informed of the threat. This led to an increase in security for him privately and the assignment of an FBI detail all throughout the filming of two of his movies. The extremely secretive and vicious group sought to terminate a select number of high-profile Americans including Crowe. It seems that in Crowe’s case, as with anyone’s, fame can have a deadly price.
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