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Crowe: I still don't like journos
Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe says playing a journalist in his new movie State Of Play hasn't made him feel any love towards the press.

He was speaking at the UK Premiere of the film which is based on the original BBC drama of the same name.

Russell had plenty of time for the fans, signing as many autographs as he could but says he hasn't got any sympathy for journalists

"Absolutely none whatsoever, no," he said.

"You tell me why I should. You give me a list and I'll listen to it."

Bad press

Crowe plays an investigative journalist uncovering corruption in Washington.

But he says in the past he has felt "flayed and betrayed" by the press invading his private life.

And he has criticised journalists for "trivialising the news" and emphasising things that are "known to be a lie".

He said: "I would like every journalist to say 'I can take truth as it comes'."

The actor had just 48 hours to prepare for the role, but says that didn't really matter.

"I've had 30 years experience of sitting in front of journalists," he said, "and I've observed a lot and experienced a lot."

Weight loss

The Russell Crowe on the red carpet and on screen are two different men in terms of size.

He's currently two stone lighter than he was during filming, having lost weight for his new role as Robin Hood.

He added: "Once you start a film you've got to stay in that shape so I had to spend an extra year in sort of a place that I didn't really want to be."

Crowe's part was originally going to be played by Brad Pitt, but co-star Dame Helen Mirren says she wasn't too upset when Angelina's better half dropped out.

She said: "Obviously I wanted the film to happen, that's the most important thing. When Brad fell out it became a question mark, and luckily Russell came and saved us all."

State of Play is released on 22 April .




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