"It was one of those great moments in history where the whole of the working class had a hero who fulfilled what they asked him to do."
Crowe’s talking about boxer Jim Braddock, an underdog shoved out of the ring for losing one too many fights, but who then returns during the Great Depression to rapturous applause.
Co-star Paul Giamatti remembers "the first thing [Russell] said was, 'I can just be a horrible, irascible guy, and I apologise ahead of time if I get that way.' But I loved working with him."
Little Or Large?
Large, definitely large. But he’s a boxer, so it’s allowed.