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Don't ask 'Robin Hood's' Russell Crowe about wearing tights

April 12, 2010 |  2:06 pm

Russellcrowe 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

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Well, it was a stupid question, especially for the Times. I don't blame him.

That insipid question deserved the answer you got.

Calling him Australian was insipid? Apparently, one must have Russell Crowe's birth and immigration history on hand before deigning to address him. Make up your mind, dude.

And I have to say, that interview was par for the Crowe course.

Maybe your headline should read "Don't ask Russell Crowe stupid questions".
Don't you go prepared ? Or do you just enjoy looking like an idiot when you ask questions like that?

Congrats Russell.

I agree, ridiculous question and juvenile. Its like the reporter was nervous or in awe that he could not formulate a professional, interesting question.

Maybe next time.
Can't wait to see Robin Hood. It will be another EPIC..
Gladiator is still a awesome film to watch anytime.


Mr Crowe does not suffer fools gladly. Next time ask intelligent questions.

Amy, don't make a mountain out of a molehill.

I don't condemn Russell Crowe for having an ego the size of Australia. However, had I been the NYC front desk clerk he threw a telephone at years ago... after his arrest, Crowe would never again step foot on American soil.

Having worked on Cinderella Man, Mr. Crowe is the ultimate Hollywood diva and a jackass.

seems like a jerk.

I expect that the tights thing will come up a lot. It always does. Usually the studios like to make a big deal that their Robin Hood isn't wearing tights. But aside from comedies and cartoons, Robin Hood usually hasn't dressed like Errol Flynn since the 1960s. (No tights in 1969's Wolfshead or 1976's Robin and Marian or in the 1980s Robin of Sherwood TV series or 1991's two Robin Hood films.)

I hope Crowe and Scott's film is as good as my granddaddy's Robin Hood, because Errol Flynn and Michael Curtiz's The Adventures of Robin Hood is considered a classic of cinema.

Allen W. Wright
Webmaster, Robin Hood -- Bold Outlaw of Barnsdale and Sherwood

As an Aussie I can confirm that New Zealanders are much more tetchy. More ready for a confrontation. The Australian way here would be to tread on every sensitive subject as often as possible as quickly as possible. Get it out there.

Crowe, whose cousin was a famously limp wristed New Zealand cricketer, is not my cup of tea either.

I think Crowe is an amazing actor but his sense of self-importance is out of proportion to what he does which is, making movies and he's not the only charasmatic actor out there. I can't help but wonder how his poor friends and associates have to deal with his apparently fragile ego that can't withstand any challenge. Someday the acclaim and accolades will be gone and then he'll really have a problem with no one asking him anything and not caring about the answer.

It was kind of a lame question, but Jesus, can't the guy just be gracious for once in his life? People say dumb things to me sometimes, but I don't try to make them feel like an ass over it.

Russell Crow is stealing bad acting from other hollywood actors.


sure acts like a tough guy for such a little putz

Gecko with an attitude.

I think Amy was just trying to say the movie is not going to be light weight like the comedy Men in Tights. I don't think see was actually referring to wearing tights. But in any event he should have been more gracious. He's only an actor.

Well honey, a fellow gets tired of stupid questions from ill-prepared show biz reporters. I didn't realize how inane your questions were until I heard them live. Here's a man who is one of the top men in his field being asked glitzy schlock from another damn reporter. And you have the audacity to mention the phone throwing incident, proving what exactly? Show some humility Amy. You made yourself look stupid. Not unintelligent but stupid.

It doesn't matter what country someone's from, or what they look like, or the color of their skin. It doesn't matter what they smell like, or that they spell words slightly differently some would say more correctly. I'm a person. You're a person. That person over there is a person. And each person deserves to be treated like a person.

You know what they say: "Ask a stupid question . . ."

The question did was not worthy of a response. His response was polite, but direct and the meaning was clear. I can't believe anyone would waste Mr. Crowe's time by asking him something as trivial and superficial as whether he is wearing tights in his next movie. He isn't a notoriety seeking movie star; he's an actor, one of the best this generation has seen.

It is rather telling that any time a "journalist" receives a non-answer from Mr. Crowe or a response that he or she does not expect, the next sentence in the "story" references the greedy, money-grubbing worthless scumbag who pressed charges against him in NY. That story died a long time ago. Let it go.



As a journalist for the past 50 years, I am embarrassed for my profession when I read such drivel. I suppose every one of us has written at least one of these narcissistic "Gee Boss, How I Blew My Assignment" stories in which a bumbling star-struck reporter's reaction is made more important than the subject matter. But the fault is not merely Amy Kaufman's. Somebody at The Times sent this unprepared heat-seeking miss out to interview one of the most interesting actors in the world, and somebody else at The Times decided to use the newspaper to publish instead of merely pick up the resulting poop. It almost sounds as if it were planned--and if so how can anyone be surprised at the failure of one newspaper after another across the country? But thank goodness for the video, that reveals Crowe behaving courteously in the circumstances in contrast to the written story's distorted stereotype of the actor as a bad boy prone to throwing phones.

I bet if you mention tights around Mr. Crowe I'm sure you would get a brutal response.


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