Russell Crowe received the honor of a star on Hollywood Boulevard April 12. He attended along with wife Danielle and sons Charles, age 6, and Tennyson, age 3. Celebrities in attendance included Ron Howard and Jay Leno. In a heartfelt “speech” to the assembled onlookers, Crowe said, “Thanks for the privilege. I’ll always be grateful for it.” The star is next to the stars of Anthony Hopkins, Martin Scorsese, and Nicole Kidman outside the Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards ceremonies.
Crowe called the star’s location “a nice piece of real estate,” citing his neighboring stars. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Crowe turned down stars on the walk of fame before, “[because] I didn’t think I’d done enough,” and when he did accept, he asked that it be placed as close as possible to that of Marlon Brando.
Director Ron Howard, who worked with Crowe on Cinderella Man and A Beautiful Mind called Crowe “the type of artist that is a kind of force of nature.”
Celebrity journalists over the years have amassed a few tips for interacting with the notoriously testy celebrity, include staying away from un-tethered phones, avoiding calling him an Australian (because he was born in New Zealand), and not asking if he’ll be wearing tights in Robin Hood.