Crowe: I based accent on Parky
Russell Crowe has revealed he based his accent for Robin Hood on Sir Michael Parkinson.
The New Zealand-born actor lost his temper in a recent interview when a reporter suggested he sounded Irish in the film, telling the interviewer he had "dead ears".
But he is now backing claims the legendary hero hailed from Yorkshire, telling the Daily Telegraph: "I believe Robin was associated with Nottingham but wasn't born near Sherwood Forest. The facts, if you can call them that, all point to Barnsdale. This is one of the first times Robin has an accent close to his place of origin."
The apparently also revealed he created his character's accent after listening to Parky, who is from South Yorkshire.
Russell and his wife Danielle Spencer dined with Parky and his wife Mary while filming on location in Berkshire last summer for Ridley Scott's new interpretation of the Robin Hood tale.
After filming scenes in Bourne Woods, Surrey, Russell and a private party of around 30 guests dined at the Royal Oak pub in Paley Street, near Bray, owned by Parky and his son Nick.
Russell and the broadcaster are said to have become friends after the Gladiator star appeared on his chat show in 2002.