Russell Crowe Hits Back at Critic of His 2003 Film 'Master & Commander'

  • Russell Crowe Hits Back at Critic of His 2003 Film 'Master & Commander'

Russell Crowe Hits Back at Critic of His 2003 Film 'Master & Commander'

Crowe himself explained as much over the weekend when someone on Twitter snarked that "Master and Commander" was so boring it might help as a sleep aid during the pandemic. "May I recommend Master And Commander starring the usually captivating, attention-grabbing Russell Crowe", he wrote.

Russell Crowe has come to the defence of his 2003 sea-faring epic Master And Commander: Far Side Of The World after it came under some scurvy fire on Twitter. "You're welcome. And thanks Russell", wrote musician Ian McNabb, formerly a member of the band The Icicle Works.

Several days later, Crowe, who has starred in other Oscar-winning films such as "Gladiator", "A Beautiful Mind" and "The Insider", responded to the remark by defending the movie and highlighting the people behind it. "No focus", Crowe joked.

In the film directed by Peter Weir based on the novels by Patrick O'Brian the 56-year-old played Jack Aubrey, a captain in the Royal Navy. Incredible cinematography by Russell Boyd & a majestic soundtrack. At the 76th Golden Globes, Crowe bagged the Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film award for his performance as the conservative villain.

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse director Peter Ramsey also weighed in, writing: "That guy's a f--ing idiot, Russell".

The film was critically acclaimed and went on to win two Academy Awards in 2004. It won for best cinematography and best sound editing.

If you haven't yet experienced Master and Commander, why not give it a go on Amazon Prime?

Variety also praised the film, writing in our November 3, 2003 review: "Rare proof that a huge production in contemporary Hollywood can possess a distinctive personality, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World proves as bracing as a stiff wind on the open sea".