Just when Christian Bale thinks he has the market cornered on eerily accurate transformations into notorious, um, larger-than-life Republicans, Russell Crowe is here to be like, “Hold my beer.”
Showtime released the first trailer on Tuesday for “The Loudest Voice,” its new limited series about late Fox News founder Roger Ailes, played by Crowe, who’s nearly unrecognizable under all that makeup and prosthetics. Premiering Sunday, June 30 at 10/9c and based on Gabriel Sherman’s book “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” the series chronicles Ailes’ rise to power at the right-wing network to his downfall, when he was ousted in 2016 amid numerous sexual harassment allegations (he died in 2017).
In between Ailes growling about “fairness” and “balance” and scream-scheming — “We’re gonna give them a vision of the world the way they want it to be” — in the trailer are quick shots of him running his hands down Gretchen Carlson‘s (Naomi Watts) dress and thumbing the lip of a young woman (an intern?).
The cast also includes Sienna Miller (Ailes’ wife Elizabeth), Seth MacFarlane (former Fox News PR chief Brian Lewis) and Simon McBurney (Rupert Murdoch). Sherman co-wrote the first episode with Oscar winner Tom McCarthy, who serves as executive producer along with Crowe, Jason Blum, Alex Metcalf, Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold, Liza Chasin and director Kari Skogland, who helmed multiple episodes.
With a June 30 release, Crowe won’t get a chance to get an Emmy to go along with his Oscar until 2020, but you can probably pencil him in for a nomination right now. Though maybe we’ll all be suffering from Ailes fatigue by next year. “The Loudest Voice” is one of two dueling Ailes/Fox News projects in the works; the other is the upcoming film “Fair and Balanced,” scheduled to hit theaters Dec. 20. Directed by Jay Roach, the movie stars John Lithgow as Ailes, but it is focused on the female Fox News employees who worked with him and eventually stood up to him and the toxic work environment he created. Charlize Theron plays Megyn Kelly and is unrecognizable herself, while Crowe and Watts’ pal Nicole Kidman plays Carlson. Think they traded notes?
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