Russell Crowe angered by 'Irish' Robin Hood jibe
Hollywood actor Russell Crowe walked out of a British radio interview after the presenter suggested he had made Robin Hood sound Irish in his latest blockbuster movie.
The clearly-irritated Australian actor's comments had to be bleeped out on a BBC radio show, when the interviewer said he detected a slight Irish accent in his performance in "Robin Hood".
"You've got dead ears, mate. You've seriously got dead ears if you think that's an Irish accent," he said. When the presenter underlined he was only talking about a "hint" of Irish, Crowe responded with an expletive.
The tension was audible in the following couple of terse answers, before the 46-year-old returned to the accent question, volunteering: "I'm a little dumbfounded you could possibly find any Irish in that character.
"That's kind of ridiculous, but it's your show."
Despite Crowe's irritation, the interviewer pressed him further on the subject, asking if he had tried to use a northern English accent to play the famous outlaw in the movie, screened at the Cannes film festival this week.
Sarcastically, the New Zealand-born actor retorted: "No, I was going for an Italian -- missed it?" before using a four letter word.
The interview on Wednesday limped on for a few more questions, before, when asked about a suggestion he had not wanted to deliver a famous line in his 2000 movie "Gladiator", Crowe got up to leave.
"I don't get the Irish thing, by the way. I don't get it at all," he could be heard saying as he headed for the studio door.
© 2010 AFP