Don't ask 'Robin Hood's' Russell Crowe about wearing tights
The storm clouds parted just in time for Russell Crowe to receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday morning, when studio heads, actors and producers gathered to honor one of the industry's most celebrated leading men.
Producer Brian Grazer, DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg, and "Clash of the Titans" star Sam Worthington were some of the famous faces crowding the sidewalk in front of the Kodak Theatre, where throngs of fans held posters over barricades in hopes that Crowe might adorn them with his John Hancock.
After signing a few autographs himself, Jay Leno breezily took the stage to call Crowe an "all-around good guy" who "rides motorcycle" and is a "regular guy" who "just happens to be one of the greatest actors in the world."
Then came Ron Howard, who worked with the actor on both "A Beautiful Mind" and "Cinderella Man." He said the weather befitted the event.
"It's even more appropriate that it's clear, there's a little wind, there's a light cloud over here, dark clouds over there," he said, "because Russell is the type of artist that is a kind of force of nature."
We experienced that, er, force, first hand while interviewing Crowe after the ceremony. Things started out well enough, with a relaxed-seeming Crowe saying how happy he was to be receiving his star.
"Next to Sir Anthony Hopkins, that's not a bad spot," he smiled. "It's a nice piece of real estate."
But then we made our first mistake:
We called Crowe an Australian actor.
"New Zealand-born Australian actor, you mean," he swiftly corrected us.
Perhaps the error bothered Crowe more than he let on, because things only got more awkward when we asked him about his upcoming summer film, a remake of "Robin Hood."
"It ain't your Granddaddy's 'Robin Hood,' I'll tell you that much for free," he said.
So, we asked, no men in tights?
"Why don't you see the movie, if that's the pressing question on your mind," he said before walking away.
Yikes. Sure, it wasn't nearly as bad as the infamous phone-throwing incident back in 2005. And we'll gladly see the film as soon as it's out in theaters -- but we certainly won't be asking Crowe about tights again any time soon.
Check out Russell's remarks as he received his star here:
-- Amy Kaufman
Photo: Russell Crowe receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images