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Tuesday, 5 March, 2002, 14:02 GMT
Crowe's poem snubbed again
Russell Crowe playing John Nash in A Beautiful Mind
In line for a second Oscar
Oscar winner Russell Crowe's poetic ambitions have been passed over for a second time by television executives - this time in his adopted homeland, Australia.

The Hollywood star, who is in the running for a second Academy Award this month, flew into a rage following last week's Bafta awards in London.

An angry Crowe pinned television producer Malcolm Gerrie to the wall and gave him a furious tongue-lashing at the after awards party, when he learned a short poem he had read out during an acceptance speech was cut from the television broadcast.

Crowe at the Baftas
All smiles: But later Crowe vented his fury
Crowe apologised to Mr Gerrie some days later in a telephone call.

But he was said to be in the doldrums again after his recital of the four-line poem, by the late Irish bard Patrick Kavanagh, was also scratched from Australian television.

According to the Sun newspaper, Crowe had invited friends over to his farm in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, on Saturday night, to watch the awards ceremony - the British equivalent of the Oscars - on Australia's ABC channel.

Crowe had been assured his speech would be broadcast in full, according to the paper.

A version of the awards cut for an international audience had included the full speech, which he gave for receiving the best actor award for his role in A Beautiful Mind.

Rights issue

But Australian TV bosses had specifically asked for the version that had been broadcast in Britain.

A spokesman for Endemol, which distributes the Bafta show overseas, told BBC News Online:

"There were two versions of the programme - the one broadcast by the BBC on the night of the ceremony, and one was for an international audience.

"It was shorter, but did include all of Russell Crowe's speech, including the poem. ABC wanted the longer version of the programme."

The poem, Sanctity, was cut from the original BBC broadcast because of time restrictions, and for copyright reasons. The rights were later cleared by Endemol.

Oscar hopes

New Zealand-born Crowe is in the running for an Oscar at this year's Academy Awards, for his portrayal of the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash.

It is his third consecutive Oscar nomination. Last year he won the gong for best actor for his role in the Roman epic Gladiator.


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