Russell Crowe Talks Jor-El in ‘Man of Steel’

The actor shares a story about his own son, and shows off the Jor-El action figure on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’.

Last night, Russell Crowe appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he talked briefly about his role as Jor-El in Man of Steel. While he didn't share anything terribly specific, the actor did tell a humorous story about his son's reaction to the news that he is playing Superman's dad. Watch the interview, which also includes a brief glimpse at the actor's action figure for Man of Steel.

About playing Superman's dad Jor-El, Russell Crowe shared a funny story about his son, Charlie's reaction to the news.

"Its a reboot of the franchise with Zack Snyder, who did the 300 film, with a young English fellow called Henry Cavill as Superman, or Kal-El, as I would call him, because he's my son. Times have changed. I'm Superman's dad. I said to my son Charlie, "I'm going to be Superman's dad. If I'm Superman's dad, what does that make you?" He got really quite, and then he says, "Superman's brother?" (Laughs) To find out at his core and center he has that sort of humility...That is a wonderful moment."

When the Jor-El action figure was shown to the audience, Russell Crowe had this to say.

"That's ridiculous...It's great, it's great. Make sure you buy one. Buy two!"

It isn't known when the next trailer for Man of Steel will debut, but don't be surprised if the marketing blitz begins in the very near future.

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: NBC

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  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @narrator You said it, as always

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  2. the Narrator

    Agreed, @mieko-siede, @bawnian-dexeus. The story needs to be paramount, especially because it's Superman. I'm not talking about the fact that this film has to make up for prior disappointments, though that plays a part of it. I'm referring to the fact that he's Superman. He doesn't f*cking die. Ever. Being beaten into a kryptonian coma doesn't count, either. Because the audience knows Superman will be alive in the end, if not outright win, we need to have a deep connecting story for some of us to be invested in the world. I doubt they'll go down the Spider-Man route and harm the hero by harming those he loves. Superman hasn't really had that consistent problem. Rather, I hope and think they'll make us feel tension over whether or not Superman belongs here. I hope to be invested in his new origin enough that I'll care more about what the public thinks of him rather than how hard Zod will punch him.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  3. Mieko_Siede

    @bawnian-dexeus Yes, story, story, story, it must have a compelling story to draw us in. If I don't care about Clark/Kal-El, then I'm not going to care about what happens through the course of the movie. I have a feeling that we're going to get it though. It's going to be done in a way that hasn't been done before. We will not only feel for the hero but in some ways relate.

    @superman81 As it gets nearer, I have no worries about the film in its development nor in its success. I think it will bring all the excitement we're looking for with a story that compliments it in its entirety.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @superman81 Not what I meant. I meant that when its all said and done, if the story in general isn't there or remotely compelling, you might as well have another revenge of the fallen. I won't mind if theres a beat every ten pages in Man of Steel, but we need that story to be as good or better than its accessories.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. Superman81

    @bawnian-dexeus its the story of Superman, its going to be great.

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  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mieko-siede@superman81 At the end of the day, the story counts above all else.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. CUPID


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  8. Superman81

    @mieko-siede yea I would hate for this movie to be all action. I like story as well and with a running time of 2 hours and 28 minutes I feel that it will be balanced. Probably how TDK was but not like TDKR was I hope. I dont want 45 minutes of action to the rest dialogue and build up

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  9. Mieko_Siede

    Personally I like story driven films. With one such as this a fair blend of story, visuals, and action would do quite fine. But this isn't a movie that could be done if there was no story or character development to propel it. That's why sequels are done, often to make up for the action that we may have missed in the introductory film of a franchise.

    @superman81 I completely agree.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  10. Superman81

    I know I am pro Superman but even if I wasnt there isnt anything I have seen so far that doesnt make me think this movie isnt going to be huge. @Brizzy if anyone seriously thinks that Zack Snyder isnt going to have his fair share of action in this movie, then they need to have their head examined.

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  11. Brizzy

    @therealGoku So you think that there will be a more evolving story and character interactions then there will be fights, even though there will be some amazing fights and visuals?
    Sh*t, sounds like a bad movie..

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  12. The Real Goku

    I'm still not quite sold on superman. I just don't think the action will be there. The visuals might be good but too much dialogue

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  13. Metalsfury

    "Everyone" I mean

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  14. Metalsfury

    SUPERMAN HAS A BROTHER? That's hilarious! Humility is a great attribute I wish more people had it... When given the chance, almost every is capable of being arrogant.. Sounds like Crowe has a great son

    2 years agoby @metalheadfuryFlag

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