Russell Crowe Plans Directorial Debut with Comedian Bill Hicks Biopic
In one of the two subtle, quiet teaser trailers for Man of Steel, the voice of Russell Crowe can be heard as Superman's father Jor-El, and later this year, that same voice will be belting out musical tunes in Les Miserables. However, it sounds like the Australian actor is now keen to get behind the camera as well. The Telegraph (via The Playlist) has learned that Crowe will make his feature directorial debut with a biopic about the late comedian Bill Hicks who died all too soon from pancreatic cancer at the age of 32. Sounds like an interesting choice for a high profile actor who hasn't spent much time with comedy on the big screen.
Here's just a taste of the kind of comedy Bill Hicks delivered before his untimely death:
Mark Staufer, a new writer who went to school with Crowe, has written the script and hopes to be in production early next year. But the question remains as to who will play Hicks in the film. Crowe wouldn't be a bad choice, but it sounds like he's only directing. Staufer points out, "It is a huge role for someone, made all the more special, or downright scary, by the fact the director is an Oscar-winning actor like Russell." If you want to know more about Hicks brand of comedy, there's a great documentary called American: The Bill Hicks Story on Netflix Instant right now, not to mention hundreds of other clips online.