Ten Things About... Russell Crowe
Published May 19 2010, 14:35 BST | By Alex Fletcher Russell Crowe
's name is a guarantee of box office success and a single grunt from him has been known to make women go weak at the knees. His latest blockbuster outing finds him taking on the role of Robin Hood
, which has caused controversy in regards to a slightly dodgy
Nottingham accent - just don't tell him we said that! But how much do you really know about Mr Crowe? Keep reading for 10 fast facts about the New Zealander.1.
Russell Ira Crowe was born on April 7, 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand. His mother Jocelyn and father Alex were both movie set caterers.2.
According to IMDB, Rusty's favourite toy growing up was his Action Man doll.3.
Whatever you do, don't ask Russell Crowe to advertise your company. Putting it lightly, he's not a big fan of Hollywood endorsements. "To me it's kind of sacrilegious - it's a complete contradiction of the f**king social contract you have with your audience," he said. "I mean, Robert De Niro's advertising American Express. Gee whiz, it's not the first time he's disappointed me."4.
Russell has plenty of connections with the UK. His grandfather was from Wrexham and he's a well know supporter of Leeds United Football Club.5.
To capture the "big guy" presence of Bud White in the 1997 classic LA Confidential
, the 5ft 11 Crowe spent some time living in a tiny flat with doors he could only just about squeeze through. He claimed that the living arrangements made him feel like a giant when he was on set. Now, that is what we call dedication to your art!6.
Russell Crowe, along with Sean Connery and Samuel L Jackson, was one of the many stars offered the role of Morpheus in The Matrix
. The only problem was that Crowe thought the film sucked! "I just didn't get it. I couldn't get past page 42. That world was just not interesting to me," he said.7.
Other roles Crowe is rumoured to have snubbed include the lead in Oliver Stone's Alexander
, roles in the Nick Hornby comedy About A Boy
and Black Hawk Down
and the part of Wolverine in X-Men
Perhaps the biggest film that Crowe has ever turned down was the Lord Of The Rings
trilogy. The burly actor was originally lined up to play Aaragorn in the Hobbit adventure. However, Crowe ended up choosing to do A Beautiful Mind
instead, allowing Viggo Mortensen to take the part.9.
When he's not busy making millions in Hollywood, there's nothing Russell likes more than a good game of cricket. His cousins Martin and Jeff Crowe are former cricket stars, and Russell has been known to dabble with the bat occasionally himself. In 2006 he was even linked to a film about the 1932-33 Ashes, but the movie has never surfaced.10.
Crowe's other great passion in life is music. His outlets have included the pseudonym Rus Le Roq, the band Roman Antix and most famously his group 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts. The latter have released three studio albums, which have been panned by the critics and shunned by the public. You're best off sticking to the thespian stuff Russell!