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27 September 2006 :: 15:09:58 pm 32320

Russell Crowe rolls up outrageously of the rumors

Russell Crowe has angrily denied claims he wants to play Steve Irwin in a film about the wildlife expert‘s life. The ‘Gladiator‘ actor - who has repeatedly spoken of his affection for close friend Steve - says he is "appalled" by suggestions he is in talks with Universal Studios to make a biopic about the ‘Crocodile Hunter‘.
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In an interview Crowe said: “It‘s appalling to me. “(The idea is) appalling to me. It offends me very deeply, so awful that I have to deal with millions of people thinking I would dance on my friend‘s grave,” he said in a TV interview. “There‘s no truth to that whatsoever. That‘s one of those appalling pieces…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,” he added.

Media outlets jumped to claims the Gladiator star was onboard an Irwin biopic project last week, but Crowe is upset that anyone is even thinking of promoting such an idea.

“Should there be a movie about Steve? For sure. What an incredible and unique life he led. But I‘m not the sort of person who will be doing commerce on my friend‘s grave.”

Irwin died on September 4, when he was pierced across the heart by a stingray while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. The environmentalist was at the Batt Reef, off the coast of Port Douglas in Queensland, when he went too close to a stingray, a normally calm animal that felt threatened by Irwin‘s proximity and stabbed him in the heart.

As The Crocodile Hunter star was filming a documentary at the time, his death was captured on film. The footage might be released by his family in future.

At Steve‘s public memorial service held at his Australia Zoo last week Crowe paid tribute to his late friend, saying: “We‘ve all lost a friend, we‘ve lost a champion, and we‘re going to take some time to adjust to that.”

Australian TV executives are already in talks about releasing a DVD of the memorial service which was attended by 5,000 people.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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