Russell Crowe as Dirty Harry?
There’s a rumour going around that Russell Crowe is to be the next Dirty Harry, following in the footsteps of the hugely popular Clint Eastwood, the man who defined the role.
This is a bizarre rumour that has started, and I’m convinced it’s not true, or if it is there’s just some Producers somewhere mulling over the idea and have let slip to someone about their discussions.
The story is that Geoffrey Rush let something slip on the AFI Awards, saying something along the lines of the following during his hosting of the show:
“Heath [Ledger] is the Joker; Russell [Crowe] is the new Dirty Harry and Cate [Blanchett] is Bob Dylan”
Well with the Joker and the Dylan casting correct, is the Dirty Harry one true too, or was it just an example of bizarre casting that is never coming to pass? The rumour comes through Clint at Moviehole who received a number of emails talking about the AFI show.
First of all I could see the Dirty Harry character making a comeback, the story that the films told is even more relevant today, a harder, more brutal form of justice being handed out to the bad guys in a style that they understand and fear more than the law.
Then there’s Crowe himself, a man who really does fit that character almost as well as Clint Eastwood did when the character first appeared. Well perhaps Crowe’s character would be a little more rough and a little less considered, but again I think that would suit a new Dirty Harry well.
Whether the rumour is true or not, what do you think? Would you see Crowe as a new Dirty Harry?