Russell Crowe’s skin has been damaged from the prosthetics he wore to transform into disgraced TV boss Roger Ailes.
The Oscar-winning actor portrays the former chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News in the upcoming TV show The Loudest Voice, with the drama focusing on Ailes’ resignation from the company in 2016 amid allegations of sexual misconduct, and his death at the age of 77 in 2017.
For the part, Crowe was required to wear dramatic prosthetics and heavy make-up, but on Monday (15Apr19), he admitted in an Instagram post that the process was very challenging.
“The Actor endures … 5 months of prosthetics. 2 make up applications to go… Skin care = discipline,” he captioned a close-up snap of very red skin around his eyelids and nose. “From an actor’s perspective a character like Roger Ailes is a gift… but the physical and mental battle has been intense. The glow some see on my skin is actually damage.”
The Loudest Voice, based on Gabriel Sherman’s book The Loudest Voice in the Room, is set to premiere in the U.S. on 30 June on the Showtime network.
A photo of the main castmembers in full costume was recently published in The Hollywood Reporter, with the teaser also showing Naomi Watts as Gretchen Carlson, Seth MacFarlane as Brian Lewis, and Annabelle Wallis as Laurie Luhn.
In the accompanying article, Crowe shared that he was drawn to the part due to the “f**king good material,” though wasn’t thrilled to be spending so much time in the make-up chair getting covered in silicone, especially as filming began back in November.
“By the time we reach the end, I’ll have spent over 12 days of my life in this chair,” the 55-year-old sighed.