Rene Russo Trivia: 15 Fun Facts About Lethal Weapon's Lorna Cole - Rene Russo
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1. Actress Rene Russo was born in Burbank, California, in 1954.
2. She stands at 5' 8" (1.73 m).
3. She worked as a model before she became an actress. She was accidentally discovered at a rock concert.
4. She is married to writer/director/actor Dan Gilroy. They have been married since 1992 and they have a daughter named Rose. Dan Gilroy is 5 years younger than Rene.
5. She started acting after she turned 30, because she wasn't getting lucrative modeling jobs anymore.
6. Rene Russo is famous for her string of major male co-stars. She made films with Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, John Travolta, Kevin Costner, Dustin Hoffman, Emilio Estevez, Pierce Brosnan, Dennis Quaid, Matthew McConaughey, Al Pacino and Michael Keaton.
7. She worked with actor/director/producer Mel Gibson 3 times: Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) and Ransom (1996). In all the three movies, she played his love interest/wife.
8. Her most famous role is as Lorna Cole in Lethal Weapon 3. She resumed the role 6 years later.
9. She met her husband Dan Gilroy on the set of Freejack, an action/sci-fi thriller co-starring Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger and Anthony Hopkins. Gilroy was one of the screenwriters.
10. She is co-starring in 2011’s upcoming coming adaptation Thor opposite Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman.
11. Her most notable movies are Lethal Weapon 3, Ransom, In the Line of Fire, Outbreak, The Thomas Crown Affair and Get Shorty.
12. The Thomas Crown Affair is a 1999 remake of the 1968 movie of the same name. The original starred Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen. In the 1999 version Faye Dunaway makes a guest appearance as Thomas Crown’s psychiatrist. The leads are played by Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo.
13. In 1993, her on-screen kiss with Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon 3 was nominated for Best Kiss at the MTV movie awards. The kiss came after one of Lethal Weapon Series’ most famous scenes: F.B.I. agent Lorna Cole and cop Martin Riggs were at Lorna’s place, competing with their wounds.
14. Her impressive list of male co-stars also include Gene Hackman, Danny De Vito, Donald Sutherland, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Spacey, Eddie Murphy, Charlie Sheen, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, John Malkovich, Dylan McDermott.
15. Rene Russo co-starred in 2 movies of the German writer/director Wolfgang Petersen – In the Line of Fire starring Clint Eastwood and Outbreak starring Dustin Hoffman. Wolfgang Peterson also directed Troy, The Perfect Storm and Air Force One.