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Antony Augoustakis and Stacie Raucci

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424516

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424516.001.0001

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Russell Crowe and Maximal Projections in Noah (2014)

Russell Crowe and Maximal Projections in Noah (2014)

(p.93) 6 Russell Crowe and Maximal Projections in Noah (2014)
Epic Heroes on Screen

Monica S. Cyrino

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the biblical patriarch Noah as played by Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (2014). Starting from the foundation of Richard Dyer’s idea of a “star text” in which actors bring echoes of their old roles to new performances and thereby engage viewers on multiple levels, this chapter frames Crowe’s performance in Noah as what the author terms a “maximal projection.” Crowe brings his role as Maximus Decimus Meridius, the soldier who becomes a gladiator during the reigns of Marcus Aurelius and Commodus, to his later role as Noah. Through the repetition of things such as physical gestures, bodily movements, interactions with characters, and even sometimes dialogue, Crowe performs what the author terms “star-peats.”

Keywords:   Russell Crowe, Maximus, Gladiator, Noah, star text, Richard Dyer, maximal projections

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