New 'Noah' Photos: Why Does Russell Crowe Always Look So Confused?

There's no question Russell Crowe can act. He's won an Oscar, has been nominated for two others, and has headlined an impressive number of critic's darlings along the way. Yet if you were judging his acting ability solely by his movie posters, the idea that Crowe is one of Hollywood's most respected leading men would be laughable. In seemingly every poster for one of his movies, Crowe has the same expression: confused. For proof, read on.

Russell Crowe Has One Expression Only — 9 Photos to Prove It

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There's no question Russell Crowe can act. He's won an Oscar, has been nominated for two others, and has headlined an impressive number of critic's darlings along the way. Yet if you were judging his acting ability solely by his movie posters, the idea that Crowe is one of Hollywood's most respected leading men would be laughable. In seemingly every poster for one of his movies, Crowe has the same expression: confused. For proof, read on.

'Noah' (2014)

Next year, Crowe will star in Noah, Darren Aronofsky's epic drama about the famed biblical ark-builder. Yet if Noah's supposed to be a brave, intelligent leader, then why does Crowe look so confused in his character photo? Image: Paramount.

'Man of Steel' (2013)

I think this photo is supposed to make Jor-El (Crowe) seem threatening, or something. But to me, it just looks like he's thinking really, really hard. Image: Warner Bros.

'Broken City' (2013)

Mark Wahlberg holds a gun and looks powerful and all-knowing. Russell Crowe has no idea what's going on. Image: 20th Century Fox

'Les Miserables' (2012)

For those of you uninitiated with Les Mis: This is Inspector Javert, the most feared man in France. Don't believe it? Neither does Crowe, apparently. Image: Universal

'Robin Hood' (2010)

Crowe looks less "Katniss Everdeen, deadly archer" and more "terrified 12-year-old trying not to shoot his camp counselor in the face" (Trust me — I was that kid.) Image: Universal

'State of Play' (2009)

To be fair, none of the actors on this poster look like they particularly know what they're doing. Still, Crowe's perplexed expression stands out. Image: Universal

'Body of Lies' (2008)

Leonardo DiCaprio is a man on a mission. Russell Crowe is too busy listening to music to know what's going on. Image: Warner Bros.

'3:10 to Yuma' (2007)

Crowe looks so confused here. Does he even know where he's shooting that gun? That can't be safe. Image: Lionsgate

'Gladiator' (2000)

"I have to avenge my family, free the slaves, and lead a whole empire of people? Um, what now?" Image: Dreamworks