Waaaay back in 2008, I reported that actor Russell Crowe was interested in playing the late, great Bill Hicks in a movie based on the comedian's life. Now, the rumors are starting again -- only this time, Crowe isn't planning on playing Hicks. Instead, he hopes to direct the movie himself.
Indiewire reports that Crowe could be going into production on a Hicks biopic early next year (once he's done filming the new Darren Aronofsky movie Noah). There are no other names attached to the project right now, so we don't know who might play Hicks. Crowe actually seemed like an interesting choice when this was first talked about, even if he was already 12 years too old (and that was four years ago).
Hicks, one of the all-time great comedians whose influence is felt in all of stand-up today, died of pancreatic cancer in 1994. He was 32 years old.
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