That Russell Crowe is up for the part of information mogul Rupert Murdoch in "Good Times, Bad Times," the adaptation of Sir Harold Evans's memoir, certainly makes for a flattering pick for Murdoch. Even in the early 1980s -- the setting for the film about Murdoch's possibly shady dealings with then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher -- the News Corp chief didn't exactly look like Crowe.
So who else could play the highly controversial, Aussie-born media mogul? Here are five who might fit the part a little better than Russell "Gladiator" Crowe.
Tommy Lee Jones
There's something in Murdoch's eyes, a barrier or hardness, that a through-and-through tough guy like Tommy Lee Jones would convey. With roles like his upcoming turn as Gen. Douglas MacArthur in "Emperor" and his unwavering lawman in "The Fugitive," Jones has a knack for unyielding. As does Murdoch.
Geoffrey Rush, also Australian, could easily take on the role of Murdoch. The actor, who won an Oscar for his role as pianist David Helfgott in "Shine," is well-versed in parts based on real people.
In addition to real-life roles in biopics like "Elizabeth," Rush was also nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of speech therapist Lionel Logue in "The King's Speech." Colin Firth won Best Actor for his part as King George VI in the same film. A Rush casting in "Good Times, Bad Times," might reunite the two actors (Firth is reportedly in talks to play Sir Harold Evans).
Not exactly a household name in the United States, Richard Roxburgh has the kind of look that morphs into the person portrayed. While Roxburgh, like Crowe, is a bit of a fantasy casting for Murdoch, the Aussie actor has a flair for bad guys.
Previously, Roxburgh breathed life into Sherlock Holmes nemesis Professor Moriarty for the graphic novel adaptation "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." A good sense for playing a baddie might prove essential for the role of Murdoch, depending on the eventual script.
The Murdoch project, still in in its early stages, isn't even definitely a film; it could become a project for television. Veteran Ed Harris could cover either option, as he has three films in the works, including the upcoming "Phantom" with David Duchovny.
Speaking of politics, Harris also appeared as Sen. John McCain in "Game Change," the Emmy-buzzing TV movie about Sarah Palin's vice presidential candidacy in the 2008 U.S. election.
British actor Gary Oldman was recently dubbed the highest-grossing actor of all time by The Hollywood Reporter. He's signed on for the "Robocop" remake, and he's back to the Batman franchise for the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises."
The uber-successful Oldman made a career -- and a solid one at that -- out of supporting roles, but a chance at Rupert Murdoch could land him firmly in leading territory.
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