Based on the best-selling novels of Patrick O'Brian, the film stars Russell Crowe as 'Lucky' Jack Aubrey, who pits his crew of the H.M.S. Surprise against a much better armed and ruthless privateer, in a chase that takes him all the way to the far side of the world. Rising newcomer Paul Bettany ('A Beautiful Mind') plays Jack's 'other half,' Dr. Stephen Maturin.
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Russell CroweActorRussell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English, Irish, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, Italian, and Maori (one of Crowe's maternal great-grandmothers, Erana Putiputi Hayes Heihi, was Maori). Crowe's family moved to Australia when he was a small child, settling in Sydney, and Russell got the acting bug early in life. Beginning as a child star on a local Australian TV show, Russell's first big break came with two films ... the first, Romper Stomper (1992), gained him a name throughout the film community in Australia and the neighboring countries. The second, The Sum of Us (1994), helped put him on the American map, so to speak. Sharon Stone heard of him from Romper Stomper (1992) and wanted him for her film, The Quick and the Dead (1995). But filming on The Sum of Us (1994) had already begun. Sharon is reported to have held up shooting until she had her gunslinger-Crowe, for her film. With The Quick and the Dead (1995) under his belt as his first American film, the second was offered to him soon after. Virtuosity (1995), starring Denzel Washington, put Russell in the body of a Virtual Serial Killer, Sid6.7 ... a role unlike any he had played so far. Virtuosity (1995), a Sci-Fi extravaganza, was a fun film and, again, opened the door to even more American offers. L.A. Confidential (1997), Russell's third American film, brought him the US fame and attention that his fans have felt he deserved all along. Missing the Oscar nod this time around, he didn't seem deterred and signed to do his first film with The Walt Disney Company, Mystery, Alaska (1999). He achieved even more success and awards for his performances in Gladiator (2000), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, and A Beautiful Mind (2001).More
MARK LEWIS JONESActorMark Lewis Jones is a Welsh actor heavily trained on the theatrical stage. Jones trained at two acting institutions including the Clwyd Youth Theatre as a teenager and then also at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He found stage work in London with such theatrical shows as Royal Shakespeare Company, and at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Mark made his initial start in films in 1985 and went on to work in many television movies and series. His extensive television work include appearances on 55 Degrees North (2004), Waking the Dead (2000) and the Hallmark production Jason and the Argonauts (2000). His film appearances have been tied to several notable, high-budget productions, starting with Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) in 2003, starring Russell Crowe. Mark then got a role in Wolfgang Petersen 's Troy (2004) starring Brad Pitt and Eric Bana. He later rejoined his cast mate Eric Bana in the historical drama The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). In 2010, Mark shared the big screen with is Master and Commander cast mate Russell Crowe in the 13th century adventure epic Robin Hood (2010). After 2010, Mark continued his work on the small screen, appearing throughout different series most notably on the medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011) and has even lent his contribution in voice acting.More