‘The Loudest Voice in the Room’ EP Alex Metcalf Calls Russell Crowe’s Portrayal of Roger Ailes ‘Powerful and Incisive’

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As the saying goes, the personal is political. For proof, look no further than The Loudest Voice in the Room, Showtime’s eight-part drama about the late Roger Ailes featuring an almost unrecognizable Russell Crowe in the lead role.

Voice explores how the Fox News founder propelled his network to the top — and how he was forced to walk away in 2016 after multiple employees, including anchor Gretchen Carlson (played by Naomi Watts), accused him of sexual harassment.

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Almost two years after his death at age 77, Ailes remains a polarizing figure, but the limited series strives to offer a, well, fair and balanced portrait. “Roger was a unique and compelling individual: charming, self-deprecatory and full of passion, anger and clarity about his vision of the world,” says executive producer Alex Metcalf.

And Crowe’s passion — studying Ailes’s voice and walk, logging four hours a day in the makeup chair — helped nail the physical transformation. Says Metcalf: “It’s a powerful and incisive portrayal.”

The Loudest Voice in the Room, Premiere TBA, Showtime