Mae West could have described the Aries man when she quipped, “When I’m good I’m very, good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.” The Mars-ruled Ram is oh so charming as you see in film actors Russell Crowe, Robert Downey, Jr., and director Quentin Tarantino. Aries fiery machismo is often hard to resist.
At their best they are passionate, dynamic and brainy. They can also be selfish, willful and rash. What’s more, their instinct to fight heightens a bad-boy reputation. Mars is the god of war, after all. In a BBC news interview, actor Russell Crowe, notorious for his quick temper, admitted to having a “push around” with his bodyguard, Mike “Spud” Carroll. Carroll had warned Crowe that his conversation with a female extra could be misinterpreted by others within earshot. Crowe took offense. Unrepentant, he explained, “Spud was passing on other people’s ‘perceptions’ and I shot the messenger.” Such a genteel way of saying he started a fistfight. Aries can be embattled and eloquent.
The Ram can also suffer from inner battles. Actor Robert Downey, Jr. battled the demons of drug addiction, which landed him in jail for a time. And then there’s the Aries who is able to channel his hot-headedness into his work. Director Quentin Tarantino’s compelling films are strewn with violent images. No bloody scenario is over the top for this fiery Aries.
However, their Sun signs give us only part of the picture of these modern film luminaries. Let’s delve a little deeper into their charts of these Aries actors to see what makes them so very good – and so very, very bad.
Russell Crowe (April 7, 1964)
Having three placements in Aries – Sun, Mars and Jupiter – has energized Crowe’s acting talent but heightened his hotheadedness. He won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Gladiator. Playing a warrior general was perfect for the Mars-ruled Aussie, as was his role as a boxer in Cinderella Man. In the less-than-perfect category, in real life, he was arrested and charged with second degree assault after he threw a telephone at an employee of the Mercer Hotel in New York. The employee had refused to help Crowe place a call when the phone from his room didn’t work. To his credit, Crowe was mortified at his outburst, saying it was “possibly the most shameful situation that I’ve ever gotten myself in…” He wound up paying the employee $100,000 and was sentenced to conditional release.
His temper notwithstanding, Crowe has a friendly, eccentric side to his personality, complements of Moon in Aquarius. Because Aquarius is the sign of brilliance, this influence helped Crowe earn an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of genius mathematician John Nash in A Beautiful Mind. Venus in Gemini doubles the air-sign influence for Crowe, which heightens his versatility and sharpens his wit. It also makes him fickle in romance. Still, he answered the call to love when he married Australian singer and actress Danielle Spencer on his 39th birthday in 2003.
Robert Downey Jr. (April 4, 1965)
Like Crowe, Downey has a trio of Aries placements – Sun, Mercury and Venus. He’s sharp, self-centered and likes a challenge. His impulsive Venus prompted a six-week courtship of his first wife, Deborah Falconer, in 1992. The marriage crumbled in 2001 under the strain of Downey’s drug problems.
So where does addiction show up in his chart? Mars conjunct Pluto in Virgo, which enables Downey to get every detail right in his performances yet gives him a compulsive streak as well. And Moon opposing Neptune indicates a desire to escape. What’s more, people who are influenced by Neptune sometimes have an unconscious urge to transcend the physical plane and touch the divine, ‡ la Timothy Leary. Downey has a strong spiritual side. He considers himself a Jewish-Buddhist and uses meditation, yoga and martial arts to keep his life on track.
Still, the earthy Taurus and Virgo influences come with a blessing, too. They give Downey a talent for physical comedy, which was apparent in his brilliant portrayal of Charlie Chaplin (who was also an Aries). The Earth influences will also help keep him grounded, especially in his home life. Starting fresh and drug-free, he married producer Susan Levin in 2005.
Quentin Tarantino (March 27, 1963)
This provocative filmmaker is known for such edgy films as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and two Kill Bill films. His use of nonlinear story lines, extreme violence and pop culture references has made Tarantino a pop culture icon himself. In keeping with his usual Mars-like themes, he is currently working on a World War II film called Inglourious Basterds.
With Sun and Mercury in Aries, Tarantino has a daring and direct approach to life. Mars in Leo assures his talent for drama and gives him enormous creative drive. Like Downey, he has Moon in Taurus, which heightens the realism in his films. Emotionally he’s loyal, genuine and down-to-earth. But it’s Venus in Aquarius that gives Tarantino a reputation as one of the most innovative filmmakers of all time. In his personal life, this influence says he’s drawn to unusual people. Friendship may be more important to him than romance. Plus, a conflict between passionate, possessive Mars in Leo and detached, objective Venus in Aquarius can derail his relationships. Although Tarantino has never married, Aries is a romantic at heart, so he may yet find his true love.
Bad boys as they may be, Aries are the charismatic pioneer of the zodiac, chasing down the next new idea, project or person that’s captured his interest. With that in mind there is sure much more to come from these three exciting Aries.
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