Despite pleas from his family and friends, it appears that actor Ed Norton has been persuaded to enter the dangerous world of Crime Thrillers by acquaintances Robert de Niro and Marlon Brando. The trio, who recently appeared together in The Score, have been spending increasing amounts of time together, say friends of Norton, and it is feared that the "one-off" project may turn into a life of Crime Thrillers for the young and impressionable Norton.
Drew Culshaw, a friend of Norton since childhood, believes that Ed may be swayed by the glamorous lifestyle that Crime actors enjoy; "He's always been impressed by wealth and feels he doesn't get enough respect doing petty crime movies and playing the straight man. He's had a few good psycho roles, like American History X and Fight Club, but we thought he'd moved away from all that when he did Keeping The Faith. Now he's turned to crime movies".
Norton starred in and directed Keeping the Faith, a romantic comedy in which he plays a catholic priest who falls in love with his best friend's girl. Immediately afterwards, he was asked by De Niro to come in on a jewel robbery movie, and was swayed by the promise of $6 million and a part of De Niro and Brando's glamorous lifestyle.
"All he sees are the women, the cars and the money, he doesn't understand the risks. Typecasting is a very real threat, he could be playing this role for the rest of his life."
So says Janet Evans, Norton's agent. She is concerned that Norton's chance of a normal film life could be ruined if he continues on the road to crime movies;
"I mean could you see Christopher Walken voicing a Disney movie? Or Joe Pesci
playing a romantic hero? Ed could be the next Tom Hanks if he turns his back on the movie underworld."
Norton was not available to comment, but he did threaten our reporter with a golf club.