Most first-time directors - even veteran actors who decide to take a turn behind the camera - opt for something simple, spare, contemporary. No elaborate sets, no period costumes, no exotic locales. Stick to the basics.
Russell Crowe, on the other hand, decided that for his inaugural effort he would shoot on two continents, re-create one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of the First World War, have actors riding atop galloping horses, stage fistfights and shoot-outs in a rolling vintage locomotive, and set ano...
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