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Published:September 4th, 2007 13:09 EST
This fall, Russell Crowe is on both sides of the law -- onscreen, that is

This fall, Russell Crowe is on both sides of the law -- onscreen, that is

By Garrett Godwin

Though known to be a Gladiator in real life, it is still Proof of Life that Oscar winner Russell Crowe is one of the most talented actors that ever came from Down Under.  Still, it doesn't hurt to have a little bit of bad boy within him, but Crowe becomes bad AND good with two new films coming out later this year.

The first, 3:10 to Yuma, is a remake of the 1957 classic adapted from Elmore Leonard's short story.  Crowe's character is an notorious outlaw that has been captured, and Christian Bale is the man hired to escort him to trial -- that is, if they survive, when Crowe's gang sets out to freed their leader, meaning the two men may have to work together to survive.

The second, American Gangster, is based on the true story of Frank Lucas, an African-American who rose to prominence in the drug world in Harlem.  Denzel Washington is the protagonist; making this film, the second time the actor portrays a bad guy since his portrayal of a corrupt cop in 2001's Training Day, which led him to his second Oscar.  Crowe is the detective determined to bring Lucas to justice.

See why Russell Crowe upholds the law as well as break it, with 3:10 to Yuma and American Gangster, coming soon to theatres this fall.