THE INSIDE STORY OF THE MAN WHO BUILT FOX NEWS.
A furious but unremarkable account of the rise of Roger Ailes as media’s master manipulator. Each episode treats seminal events in his life and career from 1995 to 2016, showing how Fox News evolved during 9/11, through the Obama years and then fueled Trump’s campaign; right-wing loudmouths were good for ratings. Russell Crowe gives a commanding performance under a ton of prosthetics. The man we meet here is brilliant, shameless and disgusting; part of the story is also Fox News journalist Gretchen Carlson and the many other women he reportedly assaulted.
2019-U.S. Made for TV. 333 min. Color. Developed by Tom McCarthy, Alex Metcalf. Directed by Kari Skogland, Jeremy Podeswa, Scott Z. Burns, Stephen Frears. Book: Gabriel Sherman (”The Loudest Voice in the Room”). Cast: Russell Crowe (Roger Ailes), Naomi Watts (Gretchen Carlson), Sienna Miller (Beth Tilson Ailes), Seth MacFarlane, Simon McBurney, Annabelle Wallis… Josh Charles.
Trivia: Originally shown in seven episodes. The story was also told the same year in a feature film, Bombshell.
Golden Globe: Best Actor (Crowe).