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Famous Quotes By Russell Crowe

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There's an ease that I have living in Australia. The best things about Sydney are free: the sunshine's free, and the harbour's free, and the beach is free. — Russell Crowe

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Do I think Cate Blanchett is the most spectacular creature that ever walked the planet? Yes, I do. — Russell Crowe

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There's nothing like sitting back and talking to your cows. — Russell Crowe

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If you actually read the Bible, you can see there's a whole lot more information in there than the way we interpret the Bible. Because there are single lines in the Bible where if you just take them at face-value, they don't make any sense whatsoever in the world we see, we know, and we understand. — Russell Crowe

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Directing is like looking at the stars on a cloudless night. You get away from all light sources, and you look up, and you see 50 points of light. And a minute later 100 and another minute later 1,000 and then 10,000. And then this swirling gigantic carpet above you, and somehow it all seems to connect. — Russell Crowe

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We can't repay our good luck with bad grace. It invites darkness. — Russell Crowe

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I don't really take vacations because when I'm working, it's usually in a far-flung, exotic place somewhere. But I have a farm in Australia I like to go back to when I'm at home and not working. — Russell Crowe

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I have a new horse. I get her to come to me from half a mile away. With just a simple call. That's because she knows that when she's with me, she's taken care of. She trusts me. — Russell Crowe

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I've never, ever in my life touched a photographer. Some of the cruellest things I've ever said have been to photographers who are chasing me down the street, some of the sharpest, most efficient emotional barbs. And they know that in that moment, in that one-to-one wit competition, they just got smashed. — Russell Crowe

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My bottom line is that I think Ridley Scott is one of the greatest visual artists of our time and I feel very privileged that he wants to work with me, so I go with that flow. — Russell Crowe

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I do occasionally wonder, if you were to bring to life one of those young men who sacrificed themselves in what was advertised to them as the Great War, and the war to end all war, and show them that we're still engaged in armed conflict in the same area, I'm not sure that they would be pleased about what their sacrifices amounted to. — Russell Crowe

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Once you're a parent, male or female, every single thing that happens in your life is seen through the prism of being a parent. — Russell Crowe

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Are you not entertained? — Russell Crowe

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If there is no blood on the line, it is not rugby league. — Russell Crowe

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There has to be a mathematical explanation for how bad that tie is. — Russell Crowe

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You need to learn to live with your mistakes. And you need to be in a position to say No once in a while. It's important in life, and it's important for any career that you want to pursue. — Russell Crowe

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At 49, I find it a little bit difficult to run these days. I've got grade four tears in both Achilles, shin splints, I got no cartilage the toes in my right foot, I've got bone marrow edemas under both knees, I've got one degenerating hip - that's the problem you get. — Russell Crowe

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I like villains because there's something so attractive about a committed person - they have a plan, an ideology, no matter how twisted. They're motivated. — Russell Crowe

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My definition [of genius] would be about being completely involved in your art form. So that's outside of sciences. Within the arts it's about taking people on a journey, being able to involve me completely-whether you're singing a song, whether it's in the theater, whether you're dancing-if you can make me forget I'm sitting in a seat, that's my definition of genius. — Russell Crowe

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If there's anything about someone's life that's important enough to make a movie about it, I have to take responsibility to get all of it right. It's a huge responsibility. — Russell Crowe

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Iceland is fascinating; really an amazing place to visit, and great for a film to go there. — Russell Crowe

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I never actually expected success, but it doesn't surprise me when it comes because I know how much work I put into what I do. — Russell Crowe

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The important thing to me is that I'm not driven by people's praise and I'm not slowed down by people's criticism. I'm just trying to work at the highest level I can. — Russell Crowe

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To be honest, when you're younger and cooler, you say those sort of things don't mean anything, but then on the day when they pat you on the back and they say, Look, mate, we're noticing what you're doing-thanks very much;' you think of the people who spent a life in the cinema and didn't receive that kind of accolade, and it's sort of a humbling experience. And it's very nice and all that. But it doesn't change the way I do things. — Russell Crowe

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I hate having long hair. It's like walking around with a dead koala on your back! — Russell Crowe

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If I don't get the goose-bump factor when I'm reading it than I can't do it. — Russell Crowe

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I read the bible often, not just to prepare for "Noah". I believe it is a very important book. — Russell Crowe

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I knew a man once who said, Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back. — Russell Crowe

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I don't play chess with my life, ya' know. — Russell Crowe

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Like everyone else, I've had moments when I've felt that I've been losing my grip. — Russell Crowe

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I respond in the moment which is what makes me a good actor. — Russell Crowe

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I'd like to play passionate women, but no one will let me. — Russell Crowe

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This is possibly the most shameful situation I've ever gotten myself in in my life, and I've done some pretty dumb things in my life. So to actually make a new No. 1 is spectacularly stupid. — Russell Crowe

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Music's always been a huge part of my life, and my first record came out in 1981. — Russell Crowe

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I got a guitar when I was six and, instead of learning other people's songs, started to try to write my own, even at that young age. — Russell Crowe

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You don't want to be starting a film not knowing what you want to do. — Russell Crowe

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When I was a little kid, I used to really embarrass my parents. — Russell Crowe

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I think if there's some kind of crisis in news journalism ... a crisis of credibility, then it's been created by journalists. I'm empathetic, I understand it and I see it, but I'm not sympathetic about it. If you want people to think of journalism with higher regard then do better work. — Russell Crowe

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Australians and New Zealanders don't talk about Gallipoli in terms of invasion. I started talking about it and using that word and at first there were a few people who were getting upset in the same way that in any country, if you work for a newspaper you know exactly the dude you can go and talk to get a knee-jerk reaction when it comes to something to do with the military. — Russell Crowe

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You don't want to be the guy whose back's to the camera in the emotional part of the movie. So, you have to be aware of the camera movement and what the camera's doing. — Russell Crowe

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My kids are being raised in a much more affluent environment than was mine. My wife and I talk about that all the time because neither of us had this kind of experience. — Russell Crowe

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From a young kid, I was quite interested in religion. — Russell Crowe

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My days, if they start in the morning with a cuddle from my son, are just so much more glorious than they were prior to that. — Russell Crowe

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Some of the things you read you get an immediate reaction to so I've stopped reading things now. I do worry about my family though. Some people do try some nasty things to get at them and try and get a reaction from them. — Russell Crowe

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You don't have to like an actor to do a scene with him. You don't have to like a director. But it's just better if you do. And I think, you know, you've got to begin that with respect. — Russell Crowe

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I was too kind of brave and proud to want a dialect coach because I thought that showed weakness in my armor. But then you just learn it's a more efficient way of doing it. A dialect coach is really important because it takes a certain technical responsibility off your shoulders. — Russell Crowe

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I don't know if I was ever looking for this kind of success- it came along as a by-product of concentrating on what I was doing. — Russell Crowe

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It is important to dress for success. — Russell Crowe

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The Americans love Aussies, but they're actually quite afraid of us at the same time because they think we're insane. Then they see our sports - league, union, and AFL - and that makes them even more worried. — Russell Crowe

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I don't make demands. I don't tell you how it should be. I'll give you options, and it's up to you to select or throw 'em away. That should be the headline: If you're insecure, don't call. — Russell Crowe

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The secret to riches is the same as the secret to comedy - timing. — Russell Crowe

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'He's the most charming man. He's the Oscar Wilde of our time. I only had one moment with him in that film and it's a great source of regret. I love spending time with him. He's always very open and effusive. His interest in you is genuine.' — Russell Crowe

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You can't understand it until you experience the simple joy of the first time your son points at a seagull and says 'Duck!' — Russell Crowe

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People accuse me of being arrogant all the time.I'm not arrogant , i'm focused — Russell Crowe

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I believe in singing for my supper. I'll never accept a grant because what I do should be able to be founded purely on free enterprise. — Russell Crowe

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'Swallow My Gift' is all about music being its own reward. I don't do it to become more famous; I don't do it to make money. I don't do it from an ego-driven point of view. — Russell Crowe

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Meg Ryan is a beautiful and courageous woman. I grieve the loss of her companionship but I've not lost the friendship. We talk all the time and that was what our connection was about. She has a wonderful mind and we just like a chat. — Russell Crowe

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I think that if there are problems in journalism they're created by journalists ... the trivialisation of the news and the sort of snyed, cynical allowance of untruth to be in a newspaper because it might be titillating. — Russell Crowe

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Even bad men love their mamas. — Russell Crowe

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I have a passion for music, and I enjoy the process of expressing myself within the parameters of a pop song, and I don't do it to seek anybody's approval, necessarily. Obviously, you go on stage, and you enjoy it when people respond to a particular song, but the overall concept of playing music I do for myself. — Russell Crowe

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I always say I've given 24 insufficient performances and I'm looking forward to the time in my life when I'll do something that I think is good. There's always stuff you can do better, stuff that maybe you didn't uncover enough. But if you do something that you truly believe is perfect, then that's got to be the last movie you do. — Russell Crowe

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When I was a young fellow, I used to learn the dialogue backwards. The point is that in a conversation between two people, you can't have already made the decisions about what you're gonna do. You gotta be very light on your feet. That leads you into areas where conversations can have a much bigger, grander meaning. — Russell Crowe

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I lost my front tooth in rugby league when a fat guy from Bellevue Hill kicked me in the face as I got up from a tackle to mark him. I made this decision not to cap the tooth because I thought it was false. But I didn't make any movies as a teenager, and I had a very hard time with girls and stuff. — Russell Crowe

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While I was trying to save money to go to the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia I ended up getting all of this experience which meant that by the time I had enough money in the bank to go to school I didn't really need to go to school anymore. — Russell Crowe

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I'm a virtuoso in my job in that there's not an actor I can't go into a scene with and be absolutely confident that, whatever is required of my character, I can do it. — Russell Crowe

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War isn't just about bravery and courage and jingoism and patriotism. It's also fundamentally about grief. And the people that go and do the fighting and the dying are never the people who actually benefit from the fighting and the dying. — Russell Crowe

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In tyranny lies only failure. Empower every man and you will gain strength. — Russell Crowe

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When I read 'The Water Diviner,' I was having the same kind of visceral reaction that I would normally have acting in something. I believed that I was the only person that could tell this story the way it needed to be told. That's the real arrogance of a director! — Russell Crowe

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I'd done stage musicals for quite a few years, starting with 'Grease' in Auckland. — Russell Crowe

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If you grow up ... in the suburbs of anywhere, a dream like this seems kind of vaguely ludicrous and completely unattainable, this moment is directly connected to those childhood imaginings. And for anybody who's on the downside of advantage, and relying purely on courage, it's possible. — Russell Crowe

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No matter how long you'd been in the country, if you weren't in Australia for the majority of 2000 to 2002 - when I was particularly busy filming overseas - you can't become a citizen. — Russell Crowe

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Some people have got advice, some people have got horror stories. I like people that look you in the eye with a glow and say "It's gonna be cool." — Russell Crowe

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My children have never watched any of my films. Charlie knows that daddy makes movies, but he says they are not good enough for him to watch. — Russell Crowe

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A lot of the things that other people from outside the business would see as crazy or strange are just a natural part of the working process. Preparation is key, and detail and collaboration are the rule, but no matter how many hours you spend preparing, there's always something. — Russell Crowe

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I didn't get married to get divorced. — Russell Crowe

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I am a man that has a lot of respect for faith and spirituality. I think it is important that we talk about religion in today's world. — Russell Crowe

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I look for the role that excites me and work with whoever that director happens to be, wherever he wants to shoot the film. — Russell Crowe

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I can rely on me [being a director], unlike some actors. I never got anything less than what I needed from the lead actor. — Russell Crowe

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The thing about films is you learn new stuff all the time. You think you can get to a point where you've got it all down. But then another, different situation arises. — Russell Crowe

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People say, 'Surely there's the right reasons for going to war?' And my perspective is, 'Surely there's a better way of asking that question?' — Russell Crowe

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God bless America. God save the Queen. God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia. — Russell Crowe

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On Sharon Stone (Quick and the Dead): 'She was instrumental about me getting my first American job. Absolutely, without her support, it would not have happened. At the same time, however, was it really about me or her wanting to flex her producerial muscles? I don't want to sound ungallant about the situation. But I didn't find that in working with her, that we clicked on any other level. — Russell Crowe

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Sport for me is about inspiring kids. Here's the rules, here's the play area, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. This is all about teaching kids how to approach life. If we're not playing sport to benefit kids, I'm not really sure why we play sport. — Russell Crowe

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I've loved Danielle Spencer since 1989 - that's never going to change - and that's one of those things where I stare at her and go, 'How did it fail?' I still can't work it out, because my feelings for her have never changed. — Russell Crowe

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Every building you come out of, there is a parasite there exercising his constitutional right to make money out of being a parasite, trying to take your photo. Frankly, folks, I go to work, I do my job. I really concentrate, and if you go to the cinema, pay your money and have a good time. That's the end of it, as far as I'm concerned. — Russell Crowe

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Anyway, I'm doing my rave and this spittle comes out of my mouth and it winds its way very delicately through the wire fence that separates us and lands clear and bright on Denzel's lip. And we're at the beginning of the scene and I've got to do the rest of the scene, and the camera isn't on him, it's on me - and I'm fully aware that I've just spat on Denzel Washington! — Russell Crowe

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I've got bits falling off me. I'm not made of rubber. That's from film stunts. Every single injury I have is related to a movie. I know that sounds fundamentally embarrassing. — Russell Crowe

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I'm destined to be attracted to those I cannot defeat. — Russell Crowe

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If you live like it's the past and you behave like it's the past, then guys from the future find it very hard to see you. — Russell Crowe

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It's such an intimate experience, being a director, artistically. It's deep and it's satisfying and it's wonderful, on so many levels, but it's also really scary. — Russell Crowe

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I've followed Leeds since I was a little kid. I used to come home from sport in the afternoon, me and my brother, and watch 'Match of the Day.' I love the club. I want nothing but success for the club. — Russell Crowe

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Whenever I hear an American say Aussies drive on the 'wrong side of the road,' I just lose it. You ever think about how those people grew up driving on the 'wrong side of the road,' watched a lot of people get hurt on the 'wrong side of the road,' die on the 'wrong side of the road,' while other people cheered from the 'right side of the road'? Australia has a thing called Highway Fights, so it's touchy. — Russell Crowe

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South Sydney is a very complicated and wonderful place. You have some of the most expensive bits of real estate in the country and a large percentage of government housing. — Russell Crowe

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For filmmakers who've made multiple movies, they have experience, but they only have experience of themselves as a filmmaker. Whereas I'm bouncing around from different skill sets: the organizational ability of Ridley Scott to the precision of a Ron Howard to the artistic sensibilities of a Peter Weir ... to the scope of a Tom Hooper. — Russell Crowe

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If you're a certain type of actor, then eventually stepping into a director's shoes is a natural transition. I've always been the actor who's very focused on the narrative, where my character is in the story, and how I can benefit the story. I've always had a technical aspect of what the lens is, how the camera is going to move, how I can feed the information the director applies within that move. If you're that type of actor, narrative-based, technically proficient, the next step is actually not that far. — Russell Crowe

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I have respect for beer. — Russell Crowe

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I'm sick to death of famous people standing up and using their celebrity to promote a cause. If I see a particular need, I do try to help. But there's a lot that can be achieved by putting a check in the right place and shutting up about it. — Russell Crowe

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It just seems like a religion that is perfect for people who feel like they need a grounding, who feels that the world has run off on them. I've discussed this with Scientologists, and they don't disagree. So, for a certain type of person, that's great. — Russell Crowe

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I really feel sorry for people who are, who divide their whole life up into 'things that I like' and 'things that I must do.' You're only here for a short time, mate. Learn to like it. — Russell Crowe

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I've been voted one of Australia's 50 national treasures. I've even had my face on an Australian stamp - the only non-Australian to do so, apart from the Queen, of course. — Russell Crowe