Don’t make Russell Crowe angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry. That’s what a Mark Lawson from BBC Radio 4’s Front Row discovered during an interview with the actor, who was promoting the upcoming Robin Hood. While discussing Crowe’s accent in the film, Lawson suggested, “There are hints, to me, of Irish.” Crowe’s response: “You’ve got dead ears, mate. You’ve seriously got dead ears if you think that’s an Irish accent…Bullocks…I’m just a little dumbfounded that you could possibly find any Irish in that character. That’s kind of ridiculous. But then it’s your show…” (Listen to the interview below.)
When Lawson continued to push the point, saying, “You were going for Northern English,” Crowe responded, “No, I was going for Italian. Missed it? [Expletive],” and then walked out of the interview after a question about Gladiator.
Here’s hoping Front Row is a telephone-free set.