When one meets an actor of the caliber of Russell Crowe interpreting a conflictive character and substance as Roger Ailes the result should not surprise us, ..

however we are facing one of the best interpretations of Crowe in years. This actor, with an Oscar for the movie Gladiator, gets into the shoes of the CEO of Fox, the right hand of the tycoon Rupert Murdoch.

The series The Loudest Voice, divided into seven chapters, tells the rise and the precipitous fall of a man who was destroyed by the #MeToo movement.  Fox News, considered in the United States as the chain in charge of spreading the news of the far right, becomes The Loudest Voice in a political apparatus with the mission to mobilize the Republicans and summarize an ideology. The Loudest Voice is inspired by the book The Loudest Voice in the Room by the journalist Gabriel Sherman. The screen surprises Crowe for his transformation into this heroic man who in 2016 was accused of harassing a dozen women within his company.  On screen with Russell Crowe appear Sienna Miller, Seth MacFarlane and Naomi Watts as Gretchen Carlson the only presenter who dared to denounce the behavior of Ailes 

Q: This is a character with a lot of substance?

You have to understand the character's story. It is not what you think now. If you investigate in his past you discover a man who was a counselor of several Republican presidents and if you investigate even more you find someone who in his teenage years was obsessed with musical theater. It was always the heart of the party. It is true. If today we google his name we find a predator. Right now it's the only information that appears, but you have to be honest and tell your story. The series focuses on his whole person.

 Q: He had an amazing career?

He was a producer at 26 years old. He had a meteoric career. During his time at, a morning variety and interview program, he had access to many politicians like Richard Nixon with whom he was talking. He was the one who predicted that the future of the big networks was allied with political parties. That gave him perspective. He was aware that the ideology justified any way to achieve its end and supported only candidates who would then be loyal to him

Q:  Russell, I saw this as like a different type of role for you,

Yes, is true. I like variety in my career.  Aisle was fascinating. Perhaps the most valuable thing for me when understanding the character was his passion for theater, something we have in common. He spent 10 years as a producer on Broadway and then applied his knowledge to the treatment of the news from a theatrical perspective. All the rules of the theater are applied in the way that Fox gives the news. Aisle saw a path that nobody else has seen and that is something he has always said

 Q: What was the most difficult part of this role?

I'd be so exhausted because wearing all that prosthetic makeup adds a factor that's very hard to define. But it makes every step you take during the day more difficult as the day goes on and your skin starts to squeeze in and ache.

  Q:  I interview a lot of rock stars and a lot of rock stars say it’s good to go on the road and it’s great to get home, when I’m home, I’m suddenly antsy to get back out on the road again, which I can’t stand.  Are you that way about movies?

I love being on a film set, that’s a real simple thing for me, when I’m walking towards the camera, it quite often goes through my head, this is where I should be, this is my place, this is my thing.  We had a really cool DP on this film, a guy called Stephan Fontaine, but Stephan, the first few days, I thought, oh this guy’s got no sense of humor at all, but then he was just sly, really sly and dry you know, and after three or four days and he was like throwing little zingers back at you, like, oh this is going to be fun, so I would quite often just sort of sit there, just to annoy him you know, (laughs) to apply a little bit of pressure, you know, when I say annoy I mean, just enjoying each others company.

  Q:  Would you personally go through this, knowing that your character has to do so much research in advance,

mean, I answered a simple question the other day, somebody said, so I hear you’ve been watching The X Factor and I go yeah, I like to watch it a couple of times a week, sit down, have dinner and watch The X Factor and that turned into, Russell Crowe loves reality television or something like that. 

  Q:  Well what’s like the wildest thing that you have come across on the internet?


How much more loaded can you make your question?  Do you do this to the rock and roll people as well, or do you just save this shit for me?  (laughs)  What’s the wildest thing you’ve come across on the internet? What I found about him is that he knew very well where he put his feet, the way he should take. He studied the other chains and saw that Fox was the only one with all the land on the right for them. They had no competition because the rest maintained a liberal vision

  Q:  Well, what’s the strangest How To, it’s amazing that you can like learn how to build things.

I’m a geek, I’m proud of being a geek, there’s just, for me, the computer is really about e-mail and that sort of stuff.  I don’t really go searching around.

  Q:  How did you approach the character?

Well one of the things I like about the film is that you see him go through the process and you are thinking that maybe some of this stuff isn’t going to come in handy or useful of whatever, and then he does certain things and you realize oh no, he really thought this out.  He did actually have, this plan is multi-layered, so I think that’s one of the things that energizes the story.  When you realize that he is stepping over a line or a darker side of life or whatever, and not fully realize that that comes with a certain level of commitment.

  Q:  How are you able to, you are able to kind of embody these types of people, that are a little different from some of the action figures that you do.  Where do you find these characters, cause you do them very well.

I question that, because even Gladiator, it’s not a big character, it’s like certain circumstance puts him in a certain situation.  But right from the beginning, he’s already turning away from the life that he’s been leading, and he wants to go and do something else, and he doesn’t really want to be there and so it’s funny in the memory of it, it’s different, and I read a thing the other day that, it was supposed to be a positive review of this, the guy said he really enjoyed it and everything and it’s so good to see me doing something other than clichéd, Ridley Scott epics.  I’m like, kiss my patootie.  (laughs) That’s ridiculous, I’ve done two, out of 36 movies or whatever, how did it suddenly become a cliché that I do epics with Ridley all the time, we’ve done two.

Q:  So you read a lot?

Yes. Is one of my passions. Beside reality tv (laughs) look I like to have a good book by my side and enjoy the ride of a good story.

 Q: Any Spanish authors?

Well, some have crossed my path. Yes. I’m a theater guy I like Lorca, but also Borges and Bolaño are two great Spanish authors, in my opinion

 Q: Have you learn Spanish traveling around?

Sometimes I go to a set were I have to practice Spanish, as in Mexico or Chile or Spain. But is a very basic Spanish. I can order food

 Q:  Are you going to go out on the road with the band anytime soon?
I’m not sure I want to talk about that at the moment, because it could change really quickly.  


María Estévez

Correspondent Writer

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