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Russ rage

Crowe turns 51 next month, and seems a calmer and more content man these days. But in his youth, Russ was known for his volcanic temper. In 1999 he was involved in a brief bout of fisticuffs at a posh hotel not far from his luxury home in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

At the 2002 BAFTA Awards, Crowe read out a poem dedicated to his friend Richard Harris, who was dying. When director Malcolm Gerrie cut the poem out of the final broadcast for time, an understandably emotional Russell flipped, buttonholed Gerrie, called him a nasty name and said: "I'll make sure you never work in Hollywood". Later that year he's alleged to have become involved in a brawl with a New Zealand busine-ssman outside a London Japanese restaurant.

Worst of all, though, was Crowe's arrest in New York in 2005, after he threw a telephone at the head of an employee at the Mercer Hotel. The man was treated for a minor facial wound - good shot, sir! - and poor Russ had to undergo a media 'perp walk'.

Irish Independent