Russell Crowe has proven that he can play heroic and rugged. In 2001, he won an Oscar for his role in Gladiator as Maximus Decimus Meridius, a betrayed warrior in ancient Rome seeking revenge. The win is especially impressive considering how rare it is to receive awards for acting in the action genre. Throughout his career Crowe has given impressive performances as a hard-boiled cop, a racist thug, an inscrutable western outlaw, and a boxer down on his luck, but he has yet to prove he can play light comedy. In 2006, Crowe tried to pull off a light romantic comedy along with director Ridley Scott in the film, A Good Year. The two, who did such great work together with Gladiator showed little knack for the romantic comedy genre. Russell Crowe moves through the lovely scenery awkwardly and seems as if he is refusing to give the Hugh Grant impression the film requires.

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