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Russell Crowe, 59, unrecognizable in new photos: 'He looks 20 years younger'

The Gladiator star is known for his rugged looks

Russell Crowe, 59, unrecognizable in new photos: 'He looks 20 years younger'
Faye James
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Russell Crowe, the seasoned actor known for his rugged on-screen personas and distinctive silver beard, has stunned his followers by returning to a look reminiscent of his younger days. 

In a recent revelation on social media, the 59-year-old Gladiator star showcased a clean-shaven visage, marking a dramatic departure from his signature bearded appearance that had become an integral part of his identity over the past five years.

Turning to his social platform of choice, the actor shared his transformation, suggesting that shedding his beard was part of the preparation for an upcoming 20th film role. 

"The actor prepares #20. First shave since 2019," he captioned, stirring speculation and excitement about his new project among fans and cinema enthusiasts.

Russell Crowe looks completely different in latest photo© Platform X
Russell Crowe looks completely different in latest photo

The response to Russell's new look was immediate and overwhelmingly positive, with fans flooding the comments section to express their approval. 

Echoes of "Wow, you look 20 years younger!" and similar sentiments of admiration highlighted the striking impact of his decision to forgo facial hair.

Russell Crowe performs with his band Indoor Garden Party during the "Firebrand" Premiere & Opening Ceremony for the 57th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on June 30, 2023 in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic© Getty Images
Russell is known for his rugged looks

 "Looks good! It's nice to change it up and shave. You have a nice face it was hiding behind all that hair," one fan remarked, while others were curious about the actor's upcoming cinematic endeavors, eager to see the roles that prompted such a personal change.

With a career spanning decades and a diverse filmography, Russell's upcoming roles are as intriguing as his new look. 

Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California for the 52nd Annual Directors Guild Awards in March of 2000© Getty
Fans think he looks 20 years younger

He is set to immerse himself in the world of mixed martial arts with The Beast In Me, tackle the historical significance of Nazi Hermann Göring in James Vanderbilt's Nuremberg, and delve into the thrills of Land of Bad alongside Liam and Luke Hemsworth. 

Additionally, his participation in the much-anticipated sci-fi film Kraven the Hunter adds to the anticipation surrounding his future projects.

Beyond the world of acting, Russell recently enjoyed quality time with his family during the holidays. 

Russell with his sons© Instagram
Russell with his sons

His ex-wife Danielle Spencer, an Australian actress, shared a rare glimpse into their personal lives with a candid photo of Russell and their two sons, Charles and Tennyson, against the iconic backdrop of Rome's Trevi Fountain at night. 

The intimate family moment, captured during their Italian getaway, offered fans a rare peek into the private life of the actor, often shrouded in the mystique of his public persona.

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