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3/2/2011: RUSSELL CROWE: CLOSER TO DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

After seven years one major movie project, Russell Crowe is edging closer to his next destination – film director. But he’s insistent on getting everything just right, including the best way to produce the film, preferably in Australia.

“We’ve looked at doing it on a different, much simpler template,” he told Andrew L. Urban during a red carpet chat on Sunday prior to the premiere of The Next Three Days. “But getting the rights to properties and getting the right material is always difficult.”

One major reason he wants to shoot in Australia is the stress of being away from his wife Danielle and the children. “After Robin Hood I was ready for a break, but then within minutes I was on a plane and away for 87 days. I know that number because it was a very painful absence.”

But the film’s strong story and its underlying theme of powerful love attracted him – and he didn’t feel the need to change a thing. “It was pretty well all there,” he said.

Jack Thompson and Sting were among the high profile guests who turned out in support of Russell, both commenting on his outstanding acting abilities.

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