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Russell Crowe cuts a casual figure at Poker Face premiere during Rome Film Festival

Russell Crowe cuts a casual figure in blue T-shirt and charcoal jacket at Poker Face premiere during the Rome Film Festival… after he was named ambassador of the Italian city

Russell Crowe was in good spirits as he attended the red carpet for his film Poker Face during the 17th Rome Film Festival at Auditorium della Conciliazione in Rome, Italy on Saturday.

The actor, 58, opted for smart but casual attire, wearing a sky blue T-shirt under a charcoal grey jacket.

He wore a pair of black trousers along with a a pair of comfortable trainers in the same colour with turquoise outer soles. 

Hollywood heavyweight: Russell Crowe, 58, was in good spirits as he attended the red carpet for his film Poker Face during the 17th Rome Film Festival on Saturday

Screen star Russell shielded his eyes behind a pair of dark sunglasses and smiled as he arrived at the event.  

Written by Aussie screenwriter Stephen Coates, Poker Face was originally slated to be directed by Gary Fleder, who was responsible for 1995 crime thriller Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead.

However, scheduling issues and some internal studio conflict led to Crowe taking the reins.

Looking good: The actor opted for smart but casual attire, wearing a sky blue T-shirt under a charcoal grey jacket

Looking good: The actor opted for smart but casual attire, wearing a sky blue T-shirt under a charcoal grey jacket

Crowe stars in the lead role of Jake – a grizzled tech billionaire who finds himself the subject of a violent home invasion.

It comes after Russell was declared an ambassador of the Italian city of Rome, receiving a special plaque from the mayor during a ceremony on Friday.

The Gladiator star, who has been filming The Pope’s Exorcist in the city in recent weeks, looked dapper in a navy blazer and trousers as he received the honour at the local city hall.

Cool: Screen star Russell shielded his eyes behind a pair of dark sunglasses and smiled as he arrived at the event

Cool: Screen star Russell shielded his eyes behind a pair of dark sunglasses and smiled as he arrived at the event

Leading man: Russell was featured in the official trailer for Poker Face, which was released on Thursday

Leading man: Russell was featured in the official trailer for Poker Face, which was released on Thursday

For his meeting with mayor Roberto Gualtieri, 56, on Friday, Russell looked sharp in a navy blazer with a black shirt and black trousers.

He was later seen beaming as he waved to crowds outside the hall, appearing in great spirits at the ceremony.

Russell also has a long-standing affiliation with Rome, after appearing in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator in 2000, based on the ancient Roman empire.

Honoured: Russell looked dapper in a suit as he was named an ambassador of Rome and honoured in an Italian ceremony in the city on Friday (pictured with mayor Roberto Gualtieri)

Honoured: Russell looked dapper in a suit as he was named an ambassador of Rome and honoured in an Italian ceremony in the city on Friday (pictured with mayor Roberto Gualtieri)

Proud: Russell, affectionately called Rusty by fans, posed with his silver plaque from the city

Proud: Russell, affectionately called Rusty by fans, posed with his silver plaque from the city

Dapper: The Gladiator star, who has been filming The Pope's Exorcist in the city in recent weeks, looked dapper in a navy blazer and trousers as he received the honour

Dapper: The Gladiator star, who has been filming The Pope’s Exorcist in the city in recent weeks, looked dapper in a navy blazer and trousers as he received the honour

He has been filming The Pope’s Exorcist in Rome in recent weeks, with NRL star Sam Burgess by his side.

The star plays Father Gabriele Amorth in the film, who is said to have cast out devils by performing more than 100,000 exorcisms.

Russell has also been seen around Rome with his US girlfriend Britney Theriot, 31.

The father-of-two, who divorced wife Danielle in 2018, has been dating former actress Britney since 2020.

They are said to have met while making movie Broken City in 2013.

What a moment! Russell looked thrilled as he received the honour at the local city hall

What a moment! Russell looked thrilled as he received the honour at the local city hall

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