Angry Russell Crowe Storms Out of 'Robin Hood' Interview

When asked about a specific choice he made in portraying the hero of his new film, the Aussie actor got hostile

He may not have thrown a phone, but Russell Crowe certainly did throw a fit while promoting his latest film, Robin Hood.  According to The Huffington Post, Crowe, 46, was chatting up the movie -- which premiered Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival -- when BBC Radio interviewer Mark Lawson said things that rubbed the Oscar winner the wrong way!

When Lawson asked the Aussie actor if there was a hint of an Irish brogue in his portrayal of Robin Hood (an English folk hero), the notoriously tempramental actor replied, "You've got dead ears, mate, seriously dead ears if you think there's an Irish accent." 

Perhaps not realizing soon enough that Crowe did not want to discuss his dialect choices in the role, the BBC broadcaster went on to ask if the star was going for more northern English. Crowe's cranky, sarcastic comeback: "No I was going for an Italian, yeah. Missed it? F*** me. Anyway." 

The dialect question seemed to irk Crowe throughout the rest of the interview. When Lawson asked about an allegedly contentious line in Crowe's previous project with director Ridley Scott, Gladiator, the star took off his mic and walked out of the BBC Radio interview with a parting shot: "I don't get the Irish thing, by the way." 

While this is hardly the first time an A-list actor has flown off the handle (Sean Penn, anyone?), it also isn't the first time a not-so-hot Robin Hood dialect has made headlines. Kevin Costner was widely ridiculed for his nearly nonexistent accent in the 1991 feature film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. As noted on EW.com, Costner claimed on the movie's DVD commentary that he simply didn't have enough time to master the accent. Not very heroic, Robin Hood-like behavior from either actor, if you ask us!

Plus:
- Russell Crowe: A Different Kind of Robin Hood
- VIDEO: Preview Russell Crowe in 'Robin Hood'

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