Bill Hicks

Russell Crowe to Make Directorial Debut with Bill Hicks Biopic

Russell Crowe to Make Directorial Debut with Bill Hicks Biopic

Russell Crowe has signed on to make his directorial debut with an untitled biopic on the iconic comedian Bill Hicks. The actor's high school classmate, Mark Staufer, will write the screenplay.

Bill Hicks was born in 1961, launching his career as a stand-up comedian at the age of 16. He toured all across the United States and the U.K. throughout the 1980s and 1990s, developing his brand of dark, edgy humor. He died at the age of 32 in 1994 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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EXCLUSIVE: Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas Talk ‘American: The Bill Hicks Story’

Utilizing an array of animation, archival photographs, and a stockpile of never-before-scene video footage, directors Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock have crafted one of the most intriguing documentaries of the year with American: The Bill Hicks Story. Thicker than any biography could ever hope to be, we get a true sense of this groundbreaking comedian in ways we've never heard or seen before.

Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock track Bill Hicks from his meager beginnings, to his drug addiction and alcoholism, through his second coming as a clean comedian, and into his untimely death at the age of 33. This is a must-see documentary for anyone interested in the art of stand-up comedy, or the history of American originals.

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