The Passion of Crowe: The Water Diviner Marks Russell Crowe's Directorial Debut

April 23, 2015 3:28 PM

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The Passion of Crowe: The Water Diviner Marks Russell Crowe's Directorial Debut

Russell Crowe may be the most misunderstood artist working today. The common perception of the hot-tempered Oscar winner "fightin' 'round the world" continues to unfairly overshadow the actor's impressive body of work (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster, Robin Hood, Noah, the list goes on). It's a damn shame, because people who subscribe to this line of thought are completely missing the fact that Crowe is at heart a craftsman with a singular, intense appreciation for the creative process. Lucky for those of us paying attention that Crowe's passions are able to come alive in full force through his debut directorial feature, The Water Diviner.

In this epic journey about a father who travels to Turkey seeking news of his lost sons, Crowe stars as Joshua Connor, an Australian farmer with a special gift for intuiting -- "divining" -- water hidden underground in the dusty Outback. It's 1919, four years after the bloody battle at Gallipoli, an...

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