Russell Crowe made EW's Power List
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.