The Daily Mail has half-a-dozen pictures of Russell Crowe walking around in costume — and the most striking thing about these pictures, to me at least, is the shaved head. In the photo that the studio released two months ago (the Mail is incorrect when it claims that these new pictures represent our “first look” at Crowe in character), Crowe’s beard was a little smaller but the hair on top was definitely longer. So where did it go? Is Crowe making room for a wig? Or does Noah shave his head at some point in the story?
The Crowe pictures were presumably taken by the usual paparazzi, but some of the other pictures coming from the Noah set have had a slightly more official imprimatur. A few weeks ago, writer-director Darren Aronofsky tweeted a few pictures depicting “extras of the day/night”. There’s nothing too revealing here, but they do give a hint of the basic aesthetic of the film:
The vessel Aronofsky’s people have built sure doesn’t look like any of the Arks that I saw in films or books when I was growing up — it’s neither the curved boat of John Huston’s The Bible: In the Beginning… (1966) nor the long rectangular box popularized by In Search of Noah’s Ark (1976) — but it looks sturdy enough, and it’s not like the Ark was actually designed to travel anywhere; as long as it stayed afloat for a year and kept all of its passengers alive, that was all it really needed to do. In its simple commitment to functionality, Aronofsky’s Ark is almost kind of reminiscent of a Borg cube, which I doubt was intentional, but hey, if it gets the job done, it gets the job done.