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Russell Crowe Denies Irwin Casting
Says he won't play the Crocodile Hunter

26 September 2006  |  Written by   |  Source:

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These days, if you’re famous and you die – particularly tragically young and in an unexpected way – people will start thinking about a movie of your life almost as soon as the coffin is closed.

Such is most definitely the case with Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who died after being stabbed by a stingray’s barb on 4 September. Speculation began to rise that Irwin’s friend Russell Crowe would sign up to play the conservation-loving Aussie in a biopic that chronicled his work with the Australia Zoo and his outgoing antics on TV.

Now Crowe has taken time to slap the rumours down. "There's no truth to that whatsoever," Crowe told while doing press for A Good Year. "That's one of those appalling pieces of sh*t that come out of the press. While my friend's body is still warm, I'm being accused of doing commerce over his grave, and it absolutely disgusts me."

That said, he’s clearly supportive of a way to mark Irwin’s contribution to nature cinematically. "Should there be a movie about Steve? For sure. What an incredible and unique life he led. His childhood growing up with his mum and dad in a reptile park, but his ambitions turning that simple reptile park into the greatest zoo in Australia, and from my individual perspective, the place that really cares about the animals. What people really don't understand about Steven is Steven was, first and foremost, a conservationist, probably the most individually active conservationist in the world. What he stood for was far more than being the funny guy on TV. Serious people at serious universities realized who he really was."

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The poor guy has just died. Can't they leave him and his family alone? If they wanna pay their respects, send some flowers or make a donation to an animal society. More

Posted by Sutty at 20:28 on 26 September 2006 | Report This Post

Nothing would please me more than seeing Cameron Crowe playing a crocodile More

Posted by felix sore foot at 20:15 on 26 September 2006 | Report This Post

wow- crowe never ceases to amaze.v. intelligent & heartfelt remarks bout irwin rip More

Posted by dan8210 at 14:45 on 26 September 2006 | Report This Post

Just stick 2hrs worth of his tv shows up on the screen...i could watch them over and over again! More

Posted by Rogue at 13:33 on 26 September 2006 | Report This Post

russell's words of wisdom
at last Russell gets it right. Good on you Russ for saying what needed to be said, the press are scum! Let Steve rest in peace, but keep his work going. More

Posted by denise.mill at 12:58 on 26 September 2006 | Report This Post

Well I hope that someday he will play him. It would be wonderful watching Crowe playing something COMPLETELY different. More

Posted by taz_e at 12:33 on 26 September 2006 | Report This Post

Well.... wow.
Russel Crowe talking sense?! Hmm.... been awhile. But a Steve Irwin film? Talk about a difficult tone to achieve- serious conservation issues but with the central character being a loveable, fantastic buffoon (meant with the greatest respect- I had all the time in the world for the croc hunter)?? If you ask me, make it a doc. Getting an actor- any actor in to try and approximate Irwin's goofy charm would be laughable. And not in a good way. More

Posted by drawmyfoot at 10:04 on 26 September 2006 | Report This Post

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