Russell Crowe is getting rave reviews for his performance as Roger Ailes in the new Showtime series The Loudest Voice, and it seems that months after filming wrapped in the series the actor is having some trouble shaking the tempestuous titan.
Page Six reports that Russell Crowe had a midday meltdown while appearing on the AOL Build Series last week, storming out of the studio while the live show was taping over comments made about Ailes by host Ricky Camilleri.
'It was harmless, but Russell threw himself into a rage as soon as he heard it,' said a source.
'It had not been pre-approved by his people. He refused to walk out on the stage. He was screaming at people and then just stormed out onto the street.'
The actor's rep disputed this account however, saying in a statement: 'This is not correct. Russell did not "freak out," and there was no "curse-filled tirade." He simply made the decision not to do the interview following the host’s intro.'
A rep for Build echoed that statement, saying: 'Our experience with Russell at our studio was completely fine. There was no "meltdown." No animosity whatsoever. He simply chose not to go on stage fearing we had a bias. That is really the end of it.'
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No Crowe: Russell Crowe walked out of a live interview last week on the AOL series Build after host Ricky Camilleri made statements that were critical of Roger Ailes (Crowe's emopty seat above and his co-star's Naomi Watts, Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller and Annabelle Wallis)
Allegation: Page Six broke the story, claiming: 'He refused to walk out on the stage. He was screaming at people and then just stormed out onto the street'n (Crowe above outside the venue where Build tapes last week)
Ripping Roger: Crowe left because of what he perceived to be a 'bias,' something the actor had previously discussed, saying he avoided Gabriel Sherman during filming (host Ricky Camilleri above)
The comments made by Camilleri were obtained by DailyMail.com, and reveal that the host did have a number of negative things to say about the media mogul.
That being said, none of those negative comments were demonstrably false or inaccurate.
It still triggered Crowe though, who had previously spoken of his difficulty spending time with those who had negative opinions of Ailes.
He has even said in interviews that he avoided Gabriel Sherman, whose book is the basis for the show, on the set during production.
Crowe explained this behavior by explaining how in his quest to create fully realized performances he must understand the characters he portrays, even Ailes.
'[Gabe's] got a perspective. He's put that perspective