Movies: The Bold Man and The Sea

Is Russell Crowe, star of Master and Commander and cinema's current hunk in a funk, really a sweetie after all? Nope. But he is full of surprises

The first glimpse I had of what Russell Crowe's friends call Crowe's "intensity" was on the green waves of Sydney Harbor. In advance of our meeting, Crowe's publicist announced that her client had a surprise for me: he had rented a tall ship--like the one he captains in his new movie, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World--for the sake of a photo shoot and our introductory chat. It seemed a bit obvious--ship movie, ship interview--and I wondered if it wasn't a clumsy gesture designed to focus the conversation on knots and fathoms rather than more interesting matters like...

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