As we know, Russell Crowe held on to his role. And it catapulted him further down the road of super stardom, putting him on the radars of directors such as Michael Mann and Ridley Scott, leading to movie roles such as The Insider and Gladiator. But at the time of L.A. Confidential, Crowe had some heat (thanks to The Quick and the Dead and Virtuosity), but not enough to settle his nerves over being replaced mid-project by a powerful Sean Penn, who was coming off of Dead Man Walking, Carlito’s Way and David Fincher’s The Game around this time.

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