Russell Crowe wants to play Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam

Iconic Australian actor Russell Crowe, best known for his roles in Oscar-nominated films such as Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind and The Insider, has revealed which prime minister he would like to bring to the big screen.

The star was briefly asked about Australian politics during an interview with Erin Molan of Sky News Australia to promote his new film, The Papal Exorcist.

Asked which Australian Prime Minister he would like to play in a movie, Crowe joked that he first wanted to say “none of the bastards”, but then mentioned his interest in the story of the disappearance of Harold Holt and the Federation period in Australian history. . . .

However, he seems to have settled on Gough Whitlam, sharing admiration for his decisions as prime minister.

“I think he was one of the great statesmen of Australia. I think he took action that gave us the confidence that we are as a nation today,” he said.

“You know, the little decisions he made, like buying blue poles, painting. And then everyone just scourged him and called him irresponsible.

“This painting is now worth $500 million or so… every government decision should have that outcome. You know, you get 500 multipliers for every dollar you spend, and we’d be in a great place.”

Regarding today’s political landscape, Crowe says Australia is ‘very lucky’ appoint Anthony Albanese as prime minister, praising his commitment to his community and his integrity in politics.

“When you think about it – and it’s funny because we didn’t know it at the time – but throughout my life with politicians like Gough (Whitlam), Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating… some extremely smart people care about the interests of our country, and we are very lucky,” Crowe said.

He added that, in his opinion, there had not been that quality of political leadership in recent years, but Albanese was an exception.

Crowe has known the current prime minister for over two decades, primarily in the context of his membership in the rugby league club South Sydney Rabbitohs, which Crowe partially owns.

Crowe explained that when he took over the club, “every man and his dog” asked him for a favor, but Albanese never did.

“He always showed up. If there was something important going on at the club and we wanted him to be there, he always showed up. And he kept his own membership and he buys the tickets himself,” Crowe said.

“You know, to me, it shows the quality of a guy.”

He added that Albanese’s commitment to his community and political integrity make him a valuable Australian prime minister.

“With all the non-transparent bullshit that we’ve had to deal with for the last 10 or 15 years, we have a guy who is at least going to tell us the truth,” Crowe said.

“Now he may not make the decisions you want individually every time, but over time Anthony will improve the lives of people in this country.

“And this is the work of a politician, and not some other bullshit that we have seen from people who have been pretending to be in this position for the last decade or so, real work to improve people’s lives, and I believe that this is what he is going to do. . do for us.”

Originally published as Australia’s ‘Great Statesman’: One Prime Minister Russell Crowe wants to play