Friday, May 14, 2010

Fightin' Around the World

By Vicki Hyman/The Star-Ledger

May 14, 2010, 10:24AM
Crowe walked out of an interview with BBC Radio after Mark Lawson suggested a Gaelic lilt to his crusading “Robin Hood” (he’s in the midst of a promotional tour, although his handlers might want to remind him of that) and brought up a new book about DreamWorks that recounts Crowe's tempter tantrums on the set of "Gladiator." (To be fair to Crowe, the interview took place the afternoon the "Gladiator" tales broke.) 

Lawson phrased it nicely in the interview, though in the lead-in, no doubt recorded later, he snarkily says, "I was familiar with the theory that the bowsman came from Yorkshire ... but at a preview of this movie, it seemed to me that the lead actor, from his accent, was putting forward a much bolder proposition: That Robin Hood was an Irishman who took frequent holidays in Australia."

“You’ve got dead ears, mate, seriously dead ears if you think there’s an Irish accent,” Crowe tells Lawson in the interview. Lawson later ventures that perhaps it was a Northern English accent, to which Crowe, half jokingly, half testily, replies, “No, I was going for an Italian, yeah. Missed it? (Bleep). Anyway.” And Crowe just stands up and leaves when the reporter asked about an incident in the DreamWorks book in which Crowe reportedly didn’t want to say the film’s defining line, muttering, "I don't get the Irish thing. I don't get it at all." Well, it’s better than beaning Lawson with a microphone.

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