How Russell Crowe Transformed Into Roger Ailes

Playing Naomi Watts Calls Gretchen Carlson a ‘Hero’ at Premiere of Roger Ailes Series

Russell Crowe hit the red carpet Monday night for the premiere of the new Showtime mini-series “The Loudest Voice.” The Australian actor portrays the controversial Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes, who died in 2017.

The show is based on Ailes’ life, and Crowe had to go through a transformation to look like the portly mogul.

“I had to take my body to a certain place but then used prosthetics. I used a body pad as well, when you add it all up all of production, I was in the makeup chair a total of four days,” Crowe told Inside Edition. 

Inside Edition’s Deborah Norville was blown away by Crowe’s transformation. 

“It's an incredible likeness of Roger Ailes, who I knew for many, many years. So it's kinda weird and I’m really excited to see it,” she said. 

British actress Sienna Miller plays Ailes' wife, Beth, and told Inside Edition, “It was a lot of work to transform into Beth, but I loved it. I found it so liberating.” 

Naomi Watts plays former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who famously filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes in 2016 that eventually led to his downfall when other women came forward.

“I think she's a hero,” Watts said of Carlson. “Ten years on I think we'll see and recognize what an impact she made and an important change in history.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Watts posted a photo on Instagram of her with Carlson, calling her an "indomitable force" and thanking her for "being an inspiration to all women." 

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