Russell Crowe Walks Out on Interviewer
Volatile star doesn't like questions about 'Robin Hood' accent, 'Gladiator' line
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2010 2:15 PM CDT
Russell Crowe arrives at the premiere of "Robin Hood" at the 63rd international film festival in Cannes, France, Wednesday, May 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

(Newser) – He didn't throw anything, but Russell Crowe is making headlines again for his temper. The Robin Hood star walked out on a BBC interviewer who pushed him a bit too far with questions about the legendary outlaw's accent—and some stale gossip about Gladiator. "Front Row" host Mark Lawson said he detected some Irish in the accent the native New Zealander adopted for Robin Hood, and Crowe responded, "Bollocks," reports the Daily Mail.

The interview proceeded, and Crowe eventually returned to the matter of the accent, saying, "I'm a little dumbfounded you could possibly find any Irish in that character—that's kind of ridiculous, but it's your show." He was a lot less forgiving when Lawson brought up a recent book that claims Crowe didn't want to do the climactic scene in Gladiator—the actor got up and left. Listen to the interview here; it gets contentious at around 5:50 and ends shortly after the 10-minute mark.