Russell Crowe reveals poignant nod to his late father in Poker Face
Russell Crowe has revealed the touching nod to his late father in the original Stan movie Poker facewhich will premiere on November 22 exclusively on Stan.
In the film, Crowe plays Jake Foley, a tech billionaire and gambler who gives his best friends the chance to win more money than they ever dreamed possible.
But in order to play, they’ll have to give up the one thing they spend their lives trying to keep: their secrets. And as the game unfolds, the friends discover what’s really at stake.
In an interview with 9Entertainment, Crowe explained that one of the more “deep” lines in the film is actually one his father once said to a family member who was having a hard time.
Asked what message he wanted audiences to leave the movies with, the Oscar winner, who directed, co-wrote and starred in the film, said: “You tend to put yourself in a position, as you get a little older, that people are looking for in you some kind of wisdom.
“I’m not necessarily sure I’m the right person to ask for wisdom, but I know my job. I get it. So the last line of the movie is actually something my dad said to my niece when she was going through a particularly difficult period. difficult of his life.
“Probably, like most children, I dismissed a lot of my father’s household wisdom too easily. It was in post-production on the film that I heard that line again because my niece said it in a tribute to my father. Just . .. seemed deep to me.”
Recalling the line, Crowe’s father said, “Don’t worry about people judging whether the glass is half full or half empty. Just know, within yourself, that you can always refill the glass.”
Crowe’s father, John Alexander, has died at the age of 85. in Coffs Harbour, NSW, in March 2021.
Due to the pandemic, the actor was able to spend some valuable time with his father before his passing while they were quarantined together at Crowe’s farm on the North Shore of New South Wales.
READ MORE: Sean Penn joins the star-studded cast of Stan’s new original series C*A*U*G*H*T
Speaking of the past 18 months, Crowe recalled: “I bought that farm in 1996, the first hundred acres, before I made LA Confidential. Turns out I had been practicing social isolation for the last 26 years and I’m pretty good at it.
“It was a very relaxing year for me and I really enjoyed it. But I guess it filled my tanks a bit. It was like a break I didn’t know I was going to get.” , and I really didn’t understand how much I needed to have.
“It turns out that my father passed away in early 2021, and the most common conversation you have with people when you share that information, if they’ve had the same experience of a parent’s death, they’re like, ‘If only I had a one more weekend’, or ‘one more dinner’.
“Actually, I would have been with my dad for 12 months. Yeah, he had his issues: a little early start on the set of this, and early start on the set of that and everything.”
“But sharing little adventures…getting him in a Polaris buggy and racing down farm back roads in the rain isn’t something you’re supposed to do with an 85-year-old man, but he absolutely loved it.”
With a laugh, she added, “She actually told me after we did that, ‘All these people will tell you it was a bad thing. But I loved it.'”
Following his father’s death, Crowe received a phone call to participate in Stan’s original film. Poker face – and said that while it was a great decision, he is very proud that he said yes.
“[On] On March 30, 2021 my dad dies, and while I’m in that situation the phone call comes through saying, ‘Would you consider intervening in this situation?’ he said.
After learning that there would only be five weeks of preparation until shooting began, he added: “It’s an insane question, and the answer should be: ‘Of course I wouldn’t consider doing something so ridiculous.’ But I am my father’s son. . .
“On one hand you have… your effort and energy keeps 280 people employed and fed in a pandemic, in a citywide lockdown.
“Or you say no and all of those people are immediately affected. People that you’ve worked with at some point in the last 30 years. It’s really up to me to make the decision to come on board and become the captain of that particular one.” . boat. I said yes.
Crowe said that while the pressure was at its peak at times, he couldn’t be happier with how the film turned out.
“It was an absolutely crazy decision to have made, but now that it’s over and done… am I happy with where I got to? Yeah. I’m totally happy with it.”
“I love film as an art form, I love the medium and the fluidity. It was crazy to do it, but I’m so glad I did it.”
Poker face it was shot in New South Wales and marks Crowe’s second outing as a director after 2014’s AACTA award-winning the water diviner.
The film also stars Liam Hemsworth, RZA, Elsa Pataky, Aden Young, Steve Bastoni, Daniel MacPherson, Brooke Satchwell, Molly Grace, Paul Tasson, and Jack Thompson.
Stan’s Original Movie Poker face opens on November 22, only in Stan.
Nine Entertainment Co (the publisher of this website) owns and operates the streaming service Stan.