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Flora Plum

Jake the Beast (Casting not confirmed, see status below)

What it's about:

A circus "freak" takes a penniless waif under his wing, makes her a star performer, and eventually falls in love with her. The Depression-era tale has been compared to the classic All About Eve.

Also stars: Claire Danes, Jodie Foster

Director: Jodie Foster

Screenplay: Steven Rogers

Status: Production put on hold due to Russell's shoulder injury * (September 2000). Production commences November 2002, with Ewan McGregor replacing Russell. (See in print .) June 16, 2003 Variety reports that Jodie Foster is quoted as saying Russell is still involved.

Budget: $30 million

Locations: Florida, Los Angeles

Egg Pictures, USA Films

Release date: TBA

Did you know?

Claire Danes is 15 years younger than Russell.

Her role as Angela on the award-winning series My So-Called Life made her a star. In 1995, she won the Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a TV series and was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.

Claire played Juliet to Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo in the 1996 film version of the Shakespeare play, and won the London Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year for her performance.

She also earned good reviews for her role as a battered wife in the 1997 film The Rainmaker, co-starring Danny DeVito (L.A. Confidential).

Jodie Foster, who's been acting since the age of 2, became a child star after numerous television and film roles. Her most controversial role was as a child hooker in the 1976 film Taxi Driver.

She's won two Academy Awards so far, for 1988's The Accused and for 1991's Silence of the Lambs, co-starring fellow Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (Spotswood aka The Efficiency Expert).

She got favorable reviews for her past two directorial efforts, 1991's Little Man Tate and 1995's Home for the Holidays, which featured a cameo by Claire.

For matters of privacy and taste, we won't go into the whole Reagan/Hinckley thing.

Jodie is a single mom. Her son, Charles, was born in 1998. Soon after Charles' birth, Russell sent the new mom a jumper for her son.

In order to make Flora Plum, Claire decided to take time off from her studies at Yale University. Meanwhile Jodie, who graduated magna cum laude from Yale, turned down a huge paycheck and starring role in the Silence of the Lambs sequel, Hannibal.

Russell Crowe and Jodie Foster

Russell on Jodie Foster:

"I was cheeky on the phone and said I needed a date for the Golden Globes and she said 'I'm your girl' so off we went. . . I had a ball. I had the best date. She let me be as silly as I want to be." (Associated Press 1/00)

"She is a cracker of a girl, she's very special." (Channel Nine's Today)

Jodie on Flora Plum:

"It's about a circus in the 30's. It's about a young acrobat who seems to be the sweetest, nicest person ever. Who little by little you realize is not and she wants to be a trapeze artist. The whole film is told sort of from the memory of all the different freaks and acts looking back on the great Flora Plum. So you have the fat lady, and the dwarf stage manager. And you have the tattooed woman and the bearded man and all of that kind of stuff. " (As told to Candice Bergen on Oxygen, 2000)

"Everybody thinks she's this sweet girl, but by the end of the movie they're questions of whether she's causing the demise of everybody in the circus." (Variety / Mr. Showbiz, 1999)


of Russell and Jodie.

* Read about Russell's surgery



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Top: "Les Trois Acrobates", Bottom: "La Grande Parade"

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