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EW Staff
October 17, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Russell Crowe made EW’s Power List

Age 39

Studios will greenlight the most improbable projects when his name is attached. Like that unlikely drama about a mad mathematician (worldwide gross: $312 million). Or, opening in November, a big-budget epic about an overweight, violin-playing, 19th-century captain of a British navy frigate: ”Master and Commander,” a possible franchise that floated around studios for 11 years before Crowe signed on. He even persuaded Universal to bankroll Ron Howard’s ”Cinderella Man,” in which he’ll play — get this — a boxer. Imagine Crowe actually hitting someone. Absurd.

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