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Oscar Winner to Portray Roger Ailes

Jun 25, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Some readers may be surprised that Roger Ailes will be played by the well-known actor Russell Crowe in an upcoming Showtime series. Crowe is a three-time Academy Award nominee and won the Best Actor Oscar in 2001 for “Gladiator.”

The project about the controversial Fox News founder is set up as an eight-episode limited series. The project is based on Gabriel Sherman’s reporting on Ailes and Fox News, including his book “The Loudest Voice in the Room.”

“Sherman, who interviewed more than 600 people for his book, co-wrote the pilot alongside Tom McCarthy, who is no stranger to exploring journalism on screen after winning an Oscar for ‘Spotlight,'” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports. “The series is exec produced by Emmy winner Jason Blum and is a co-production between Showtime and the latter’s Blumhouse Television.”

The report notes that Showtime CEO David Nevins compared the series to Orson Welles’ examination of William Randolph Hearst in the 1941 classic “Citizen Kane.”

Nevins is quoted saying: “In many ways, the collision between the media and politics has come to define the world we live in today. We’ve seen this phenomenon depicted on screen as far back as the story of Charles Foster Kane, and it finds contemporary embodiment in the rise and fall of Roger Ailes. With Russell Crowe in the lead role, this limited series promises to be a defining story for this era.”

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