Story by: Jack Foley
AFTER much alleged deliberation, Australian actor, Russell Crowe,
joined HRH Prince Charles at the royal charity premiere of his
new movie, Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World,
at the Odeon Leicester Square on Monday night (November 17, 2003).
The Gladiator star arrived with his pregnant wife, Danielle Spencer,
at the screening, which was held in aid of the Cinema and Television
His co-star, Paul Bettany, also attended the gala event and spent
some time beforehand signing autographs for guests.
Master and Commander is an epic naval adventure, adapted from
a novel by Patrick O'Brian, which is set against the backdrop
of the Napoleonic wars.
It opened in America at the weekend, to the type of rave reviews
which suggest it will be a strong Oscar contender, even though
it was beaten to the Box Office number one spot by Will Ferrell's
family comedy, Elf.
Crowe plays British naval hero, Captain Jack Aubrey, leading
a crew of 197 men in a fierce chase against a French enemy.
The film has drawn a lot of acclaim for the way it focuses on
the friendship and differences between Aubrey and the ship's surgeon,
Dr Stephen Marturin (Bettany) - a man of science whose ideals
contrast strongly with his own military views.
The authenticity of proceedings has also come in for praise -
as much of the film was shot in a six-and-a-half acre tank, in
Mexico, where director, James Cameron, sunk the Titanic.
Other guests at Monday's premiere included Honor Blackman, Jerry
Hall and violinist, Vanessa Mae.