In his recent Charlie Rose interview, Crowe is overweight, grieving the loss of his marriage, confessing and blaming his workaholism, and that he wants to get back with his estranged wife Danielle Spencer. He also reveals why he wants his directing career to work: he can control where he works and be with his kids. Crowe says that he has to star in the films he directs if he’s going to get the budgets he wants, and he loves doing it.
Crowe’s debut feature “The Water Diviner” won three Australian Film Awards including Best Film and opened spottily stateside last weekend to solid reviews. It’s about a father seeking to find two sons lost in the battle of Gallipoli, which was the first Australian war fought on the nation’s own behalf. He bristles when Charlie reads a review of his performance that calls him “thin-skinned.” “Would I still be here?” he asks.