Russell Crowe to Play Fox News Founder Roger Ailes in Showtime Limited Series ‘The Loudest Voice in the Room’

/Film | 6/26/2018 | Chris Evangelista
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Russell Crowe is headed to TV for a new Showtime limited series focused on Fox News founder Roger Ailes. Ailes forever altered the political landscape with his polarizing news network, and later resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Needless to say, this project is bound to be controversial.

Roger Ailes was a hero to some, and a villain to others. In 1996, Fox owner Rupert Murdoch enlisted Ailes to launch a cable news network. That network would become Fox News, and we all know how that turned out: great for hardline conservative voices and your easily manipulated elderly parents, bad for everyone else. Now, Ailes’ controversial life will get the TV biopic treatment, with Russell Crowe playing the infamous television executive. Crowe will star as Ailes in an adaptation of Gabriel Sherman‘s book The Loudest Voice in the Room.

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The eight-episode series will focus on the last decade of Ailes’ life, “while also flashing back to key moments in his career, including his meeting with Richard Nixon on The Mike Douglas Show that both put him on the political path he became known for, as well as the sexual harassment accusations that would lead to his downfall.”

Ailes ruled supreme at Fox News until 2016, when he resigned amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations. Since at least 2014, allegations against Ailes were public, but he remained with Fox until the outcry became overwhelming. In 2016, Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes. Almost...
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