Russell Crowe Plans Directorial Debut with Comedian Bill Hicks Biopic

July 23, 2012
Source: The Telegraph

Bill Hicks

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.

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fuck yeAH

BANDOS on Jul 23, 2012


Crowe is too old to play Hicks.I think best would be to go with an unknown actor.

88 on Jul 23, 2012


Just so long as they make a better attempt than they did with Sam Kinison.

Gex on Jul 23, 2012


this has been floating around for years, with Crowe always attached, so maybe something will now actually happen. but i agree with @5a40c6a4a72e5897adbb05e755d38319:disqus, Crowe is probably too old now. in a way, i hope it doesn't happen. nothing against Crowe, but Hicks and his material are so well known, i'm struggling to picture anyone play a fictional version of him. if you haven't already, check out last year's documentary 'American: The Bill Hicks Story' for unparalleled access, good archive and interviews.

son_et_lumiere on Jul 23, 2012


I think ten years ago, Paul Giamatti would have been a good choice to play Hicks.

movieguyryan on Jul 23, 2012


Love Hicks, but judging from his style of comedy, I'm sure this film will be a dark look and not at all funny in the traditional sense. Should be interesting

rabblerabblerabble on Jul 24, 2012


It's meant to be a biopic not a ha ha comedy.

Whatisfunnyintraditionalsense? on Jul 24, 2012


Bill Hicks seems acceptable now he's dead it seems. Celebrate them when their dead, like George Carlin. Lefty rubbish. Joking obviously, he was a hilarious man.

Carpola on Jul 24, 2012


"Whatchya readin' for?" "Well,looks like we gots our self a readahh"

just some guy on Jul 24, 2012


That was a great sketch. I've actually heard children say that 'reading was for idiots'.

Carpola on Jul 24, 2012

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