Russell Crowe takes on a title role of one of the most known stories ever told in Darren Aronofsky's new Bible-inspired movie "Noah" and talked to OTRC.com about the movie, his physical and mental transformation and how he communicates with his real-life followers ... on Twitter.
Check out the full interview with the Oscar-winning Australian star by watching the videos above and read three highlights below. "Noah" hits theaters on Friday, March 28.
1. Why Russell Crowe is on Twitter
While many celebrities don't have social media accounts, Crowe is active on Twitter and has more than 1.42 million followers.
"The reason I'm on Twitter -- and I know some people see it as a shallow thing, but they're probably not people who get talked about continuously or words get put in their mouth continuously, so what I found with Twitter, that when somebody prints something that's juts undeniably a lie, I can very easily say that," he told OTRC.com. "And as time goes by, you get more and more followers."
"I think the simple thing with Twitter is I'm just being myself," he added. "I'm not trying to manufacture anything. And this has always been kind of the problem I have -- I will give you an honest response."
Many of his responses, he says, come with a "twinkle in the eye."
"And the thing with Twitter, people get to see not only certain attitudes but they get to see through my eye -- how I would photograph something, how I see something," he added. "And that speaks to them in a different way as well."
Crowe, who won an Oscar for his performance in the 2000 movie "Gladiator," has long been a tabloid favorite and made headlines in 2005 when he was arrested for throwing a telephone at a New York hotel employee after he was unable to use it to call his wife in Australia. He pleaded guilty and apologized publicly for the incident. The case was later settled.
"I've found that for my basic relationship with people on a day-today thing on the street, I kind of feel like a little bit more of the reality of me has come back into a public place, rather than the thing that I've had to deal with for 10 years, this sort of strangely, violent crazy person," Crowe said.
2. On his physical and mental transformation in "Noah"
"When we first started talking about the film, I was probably at a bit of a loss," Crowe said. "It's like, how do you come to find where they guy could be, given that in some religions he's a prophet and what have you and some people see him as a superhero and an allegorical figment of the imagination?"
"So if I just ... zero in on what he has to do, the effect that that has on him internally and the fact that you can't get away from that kind of burden," he said. "You would have to be a very closed person if you weren't affected emotionally by the task of standing by and watching the entire population, the entire human population of the planet perish and you are not allowed to do anything about it."
The filming process, which required, among other things, having to endure water being splashed on him. Co-star Douglas Booth, who plays Noah's son Shem, said 5,000 gallons were poured every minute to simulate rain.
"Some of those moments where I had, I looked like I'm harrowed, I was," Crowe said. "Simple as that."
3. What Russell Crowe hopes "Noah" will make people do ...
Crowe said that "for thousands of years, people have been skeptical about, like, 'How do you have that much feed on board the ark?' 'How do you clean up the excrement of that many millions of species?'"
"The movie's full of very clever ideas and I think it brings out of people a fascination and also the desire to discuss their own faith and what they believe in," he said.
"If a piece of art brings people to that kind of discussion, where they examine what they believe in, they wanna know what their friends believe in, they wanna talk about their relationship to the planet, to animals and to spirituality, that's a wonderful thing," he added.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).