New Book Bares Russell Crowe's Crazy Side

Actor indulges in wee-hours phone calls, prima donna behavior on set
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2010 3:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – With Russell Crowe's latest film on the horizon, a new book about DreamWorks is perfectly timed to take advantage of curiosity about the famously short-tempered actor. Some juicy details from Nicole LaPorte's The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company called DreamWorks, courtesy of Gawker:

  • Crow began a 3am phone call with a Gladiator producer by barking: "You motherf---er. I will kill you with my bare hands."

  • While filming the swords-and-sandals epic, "Crowe was a puffy pain," LaPorte writes. "After challenging members of the crew to a foot race, and losing, he would mutter for days, 'I would have won, but I can't run in the sand in sandals.'"
  • The star objected to the climactic identity-revealing scene, but agreed to film it. Afterward, in the face of unanimous praise, he said: "It was shit. But I'm the greatest actor in the world and I can make even shit sound good."
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