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Russell Crowe Got Jared Kushner's Help Playing Roger Ailes After Meeting at This Celeb's Birthday Party

Russell Crowe played the role of Roger Ailes, the former exec at Fox News, in The Loudest Voice, which aired last year, and now we’re learning how he prepared for the role.

“I remember when you were preparing for Roger Ailes, you were compiling all the information about him. How did you do that?,” Russell was asked by Nicole Kidman in a conversation with Variety.

He responded, “Well, that’s a funny thing. Because you tend to take advantage of situations that come up. You were in New York for Hugh [Jackman]’s birthday party, right?”

After Nicole responded that she was there, Russell added, “And Ivanka [Trump] came in. So that gave me the opportunity to have a very long conversation with Ivanka’s husband [Jared Kushner]. And he had a very direct relationship with Roger over their presidential campaign. Phone calls every Sunday. So it gave me that contemporary insight that the book could not give me.”

Nicole said, “I had no idea you met [Jared Kushner] at that party,” and Russell added, “Nobody else was talking to him.”

Did you know that this celebrity married into the Kushner family?

Russell Crowe Is Roger Ailes in 'The Loudest Voice' - Watch the Trailer!

Russell Crowe stars as Roger Ailes in Showtime’s The Loudest Voice, and the trailer is here to watch!

The upcoming seven-part limited series about the late Fox News exec will premiere on June 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

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The series is based on Gabriel Sherman‘s bestselling book, The Loudest Voice in the Room, which included interviews with more than 600 people.

Naomi Watts stars as Gretchen Carlson, Sienna Miller is Roger‘s wife Elizabeth, Seth MacFarlane stars as Brian Lewis, Simon McBurney is Rupert Murdoch, Annabelle Wallis is Laurie Luhn and Aleksa Palladino is Roger‘s longtime assistant Judy Laterza.

Here’s a plot summary: in today’s politically charged media landscape, no figure looms larger, even after his passing, than Roger Ailes, who molded Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government. To understand the events that led to the rise of the modern Republican Party, one must understand Ailes. The upcoming limited series takes on that challenge, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while also touching on defining events in Ailes’ life, including his experiences with world leaders that gave birth to Ailes’ political career and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end. The series aims to shed light on the psychology that drives the political process from the top down.

Watch the trailer for The Loudest Voice

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Russell Crowe Transforms Into Roger Ailes For Upcoming Showtime Series - Get a First Look!

Russell Crowe is pretty much unrecognizable as Roger Ailes!

The 54-year-old actor was spotted on the set of his upcoming Showtime series The Loudest Voice In The Room about the late Fox News chief on Tuesday (November 6) in New York City.

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Russell wore prosthetics and makeup to transform into the former exec while filming in the city.

The upcoming show offer a look at the rise and fall of the former Chairman and CEO of Fox News, and also co-stars Naomi Watts as Gretchen Carlson.

15+ pictures inside of Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes on the set in New York City…

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Sienna Miller & Seth MacFarlane Join Cast of Upcoming Roger Ailes Series!

Seth MacFarlane and Sienna Miller are joining the cast of the upcoming Showtime limited series about the life of former Fox News head Roger Ailes.

The casting announcement was made on Friday (October 12).

Simon McBurney and Annabelle Wallis are also joining the eight-episode series, which focuses primarily on Ailes, played by Russell Crowe, in the last decade of his life, “when Fox News was ascendant in the cable-news wars while he faced multiple accusations of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior.”

The miniseries is based on Gabriel Sherman‘s book, The Loudest Voice in the Room.

Naomi Watts will star as Gretchen Carlson.

Sienna play Roger’s wife, Beth, who raised their son Zachary and edited a small newspaper in Garrison, New York while he built Fox News.

John Lithgow to Play Fox News' Roger Ailes in Movie About His Scandal

John Lithgow will play Roger Ailes, the late Fox News chief, in the upcoming movie about his sexual harassment scandal that came to light several years ago, E reports.

The 72-year-old actor will join the cast including Nicole Kidman (who will play Gretchen Carlson), Margot Robbie, and Charlize Theron (who will play Megyn Kelly).

Gretchen sued Roger Ailes for sexual harassment back in July of 2016, and Megyn also came forward after that with her story.

Stay tuned for more casting news from the upcoming Fox News movie.

Roger Ailes Dead - Former Fox CEO Passes Away at 77

Roger Ailes, the formed CEO of Fox News who was forced to leave the network after allegations of sexual harassment, has passed away at the age of 77.

“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” the statement, attributed to his wife Elizabeth Ailes, said (via the Drudge Report). “Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise”and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life…”

Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, both formerly of Fox News, accused Roger of sexual harassment. He resigned as CEO back in July.

VIDEO: Megyn Kelly Explains How She Kept Working for Roger Ailes After His Sexual Harassment

Megyn Kelly made an appearance on Good Morning America and discussed her new memoir “Settle for More” – specifically the sexual harassment advances from her boss Roger Ailes.

“It culminated in a physical attempt to be with me,” Megyn said on GMA. “He tried to kiss me three times. And when I rejected that, he asked me when my contract is up.”

“A woman can be harassed and then go on to have a good working relationship with a man harassing her. And that’s what happened in my case,” Megyn continued about how she was able to continue working at the network under her boss.

“Sure enough, he stopped,” Megyn said after she ignored him. “And we went on to have a healthy, working relationship. And what he said about promoting me and having my back over the next several years is true. It was one of the reasons why even I found it hard to believe that he was a serial harasser when the lawsuit broke and then women started coming forward anonymously. But it soon became clear to me that after reading the allegations that at least an investigation was necessary.”