A few years ago, you couldn’t move for stories demonstrating Russell Crowe’s hair-trigger temper and general stroppiness. Throwing phones at a hotel desk clerk, holding BAFTA producers by the neck when they cut short his speech – yes, those were halcyon days for Russ. And although he’s stayed out of trouble a bit since settling down, he’s still got the knack to behave like a self-important idiot. Russell reportedly turned up at the Jameson Empire Film Awards in London to accept his Actor Of Our Lifetime award for four whole minutes – whereas all the other guests including Viggo Mortensen and Gemma Arterton – attended the full hours-long bash. He apparently made his limo driver keep the car running so he could run in and out as quickly as possible.
“HeÃ‚Â rushed into the bash via a side door, made a quick speech, and then nipped out the same exit. He was in such a rush he didn’t even have time to stop by the press room afterwards to pose with his gong,” it’s reported. However, Russ did manage to read out a ponderous poem during his acceptance speech, which led Viggo to take the p*ss out of his “unfathomable literary dedication.” Don’t go changing, Russell. We’d miss your humorless pretension if it ever went.