Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe, famous for his work in Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind, has gotten serious about his role in the 2014 biopic Noah. Working alongside director Darren Aronofsky (the mastermind behind Black Swan), Russell has apparently gone “method” for his portrayal of the biblical character.

On Thursday, October 11, the 48-year-old actor was spotted out in NYC, though it was nearly impossible to tell it was him! Riding his bike around the TriBeCa area of Manhattan, Russell sported some obvious extra poundage and a thick, bushy beard.

Reports have also stated that Russell isn’t stopping his transformation at his appearance. According to an on-set source, the star’s even taken to skipping showers! “He has to look like a very old, very weathered man in this movie, but you don’t want to be inhaling when he walks past. He reeks!”

What do you think of Russell’s look new? Is it perfect for the part or has he gone too far?

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