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2 items from 2010

Russell Crowe puts accent on acrimony

14 May 2010 7:12 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Radio 4's Mark Lawson runs into trouble after detecting 'hints of Irish' in Russell Crowe's northern accent for Robin Hood

As Hollywood stars go, Russell Crowe is of the more opinionated variety. Just ask TV producer Malcolm Gerrie. So you could forgive Mark Lawson a little trepidation when he suggested to the actor that his accent in Robin Hood had "hints of Irish". The result: radio gold.

Lawson questioned Crowe for BBC Radio 4's Front Row. The Australian star was already in a bad mood after a book claimed he had refused to say one of the most famous lines in his Oscar-winning turn in Gladiator. It was about to get worse (hear for yourself 5 mins 45 seconds in).

Lawson: "The accent you've given him, there are hints to me of Irish but what were you thinking of in those terms?"

Crowe: "You've got dead ears mate. You've seriously got »

- John Plunkett

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Russell Crowe 'threatened to kill producer with bare hands'

28 April 2010 6:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A new book claims the Australian actor was not a model of courtesy on the set of Ridley Scott's Gladiator

Russell Crowe threatened to kill a veteran producer with his bare hands during a 3am phone call while filming his Oscar-winning role in Gladiator, according to a new book. Branko Lustig, 77, a Holocaust survivor, immediately telephoned Steven Spielberg in Los Angeles and asked to leave the production.

The claims are made in Nicole Laporte's The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies and a Company called DreamWorks, which is published next month. It chronicles the history of the film studio, founded by Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen in 1994, which bankrolled Gladiator.

Crowe's exact words, according to the book, were "You motherfucker. I will kill you with my bare hands". He was apparently angry at Lustig's refusal to pay his assistants what the actor »

- Ben Child

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