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See how Russell Crowe's kindness to a kid 13 years ago led to a reunion with the new Man of Steel

Jun. 4, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Back in 2000, Russell Crowe filmed a movie with Meg Ryan titled PROOF OF LIFE. The film was modestly successful and is mostly remembered as where Ryan and Crowe began an affair that would be tabloid fodder for months and lead to the actress divorcing Dennis Quaid. But, an interesting new story has arisen and it will now be remembered as the movie where Crowe first met Henry Cavill and helped send him on his way to becoming the MAN OF STEEL.

This video from Access Hollywood has Cavill and Crowe recounting how the GLADIATOR actor met an extra on set in England which led to a passing kindness from an industry veteran to a young man who wanted to become an actor. There is genuine affection in both men's voices as they talk about the moment and how Crowe remembered the teenage boy was now playing his son in this blockbuster movie.

I love stories like this. It is definitely interesting since Russell Crowe has not always had a reputation as a good guy. Crowe has a history of brawling and issues with papparazzi so hearing he truly changed Henry Cavill's life is an affirming story that should bring a smile to any movie fan's face.

MAN OF STEEL should invigorate Crowe's career and launch Cavill to new levels of success. It opens everywhere on June 14, 2013.

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5:50PM on 06/04/2013
Little kid: tussle my hair Mr Hanks
Tom hanks: Sure thing, son (magic comes sparkling out of the kids hair)
Little kid: tussle my hair Mr Hanks
Tom hanks: Sure thing, son (magic comes sparkling out of the kids hair)
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5:53PM on 06/04/2013
That's a pretty cool story!
That's a pretty cool story!
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6:27PM on 06/04/2013

It's a cool story, but Crowe is mostly an asshole.

I really liked what Cavill said he was told by Crowe about acting, that Crowe said the pay is good, but sometimes they don't treat you so good....Well they sometimes don't treat Crowe good because many times he has been a complete asshole on set.
I really liked what Cavill said he was told by Crowe about acting, that Crowe said the pay is good, but sometimes they don't treat you so good....Well they sometimes don't treat Crowe good because many times he has been a complete asshole on set.
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12:41PM on 06/06/2013
LOL - you just don't know when to stop. Poor fellow.
LOL - you just don't know when to stop. Poor fellow.
3:09AM on 06/06/2013
No he's not.
No he's not.
8:02PM on 06/05/2013
"I said "your uneducated opinion" which means you are speaking on something you really know nothing about."

You know nothing about it as well, but yet you're acting as though you do.
"I said "your uneducated opinion" which means you are speaking on something you really know nothing about."

You know nothing about it as well, but yet you're acting as though you do.
7:41PM on 06/05/2013
I never said YOU were uneducated Sir, but your total and complete lack of comprehension really points to that being the case. I said (as you had pointed out by someone else as well) was "your uneducated opinion" which means you are speaking on something you really know nothing about.

Have a great day.
I never said YOU were uneducated Sir, but your total and complete lack of comprehension really points to that being the case. I said (as you had pointed out by someone else as well) was "your uneducated opinion" which means you are speaking on something you really know nothing about.

Have a great day.
4:52PM on 06/05/2013
"I said nothing bad about you "big guy" - get over yourself"....You told me to shut it and that I'm uneducated, so yes you did.

And you said "you weren't there and don't know."...Well you weren't there either, so you don't know, yet you're so sure that you do.
"I said nothing bad about you "big guy" - get over yourself"....You told me to shut it and that I'm uneducated, so yes you did.

And you said "you weren't there and don't know."...Well you weren't there either, so you don't know, yet you're so sure that you do.
3:38PM on 06/05/2013
I said nothing bad about you "big guy" - get over yourself
I said nothing bad about you "big guy" - get over yourself
11:07AM on 06/05/2013
No but he knows what you said, which is what he was attacking, your "uneducated opinion". He didn't say he approved of Crowe either, he only said that you don't know him well enough to make an educated judgement either way and neither does he. Also, the part about the affair tells us nothing about how he is on set.
No but he knows what you said, which is what he was attacking, your "uneducated opinion". He didn't say he approved of Crowe either, he only said that you don't know him well enough to make an educated judgement either way and neither does he. Also, the part about the affair tells us nothing about how he is on set.
12:20AM on 06/05/2013
I guess you have a crush on Crowe, ShonK. You are very serious about defending him. Here's the thing though...You don't know him either, so stop acting like you do. For all you know, I could be right.

Also he had an affair with Meg Ryan, and broke up a marriage, so he's obviously not a good guy.

And you're badmouthing me, even though you don't know me, and you said to not do that, so you're being a hypocrite...Grow up.
I guess you have a crush on Crowe, ShonK. You are very serious about defending him. Here's the thing though...You don't know him either, so stop acting like you do. For all you know, I could be right.

Also he had an affair with Meg Ryan, and broke up a marriage, so he's obviously not a good guy.

And you're badmouthing me, even though you don't know me, and you said to not do that, so you're being a hypocrite...Grow up.
9:09PM on 06/04/2013
I guess your extensive first hand knowledge of Mr. Crowe entitles you to say such things.

Just shut it, you do not know the man or the things he does when not working. For all you know he may be donating a big portion of his earnings to charities. Keep your uneducated opinion to yourself. You ever not get along with someone you know or work with and look like a dick with how you reacted to them? We all have - you weren't there and don't know.
I guess your extensive first hand knowledge of Mr. Crowe entitles you to say such things.

Just shut it, you do not know the man or the things he does when not working. For all you know he may be donating a big portion of his earnings to charities. Keep your uneducated opinion to yourself. You ever not get along with someone you know or work with and look like a dick with how you reacted to them? We all have - you weren't there and don't know.
6:32PM on 06/04/2013
Seriously!!!
Seriously!!!
6:29PM on 06/04/2013
Gotta give this one a neutral, helping end a marriage v. words of encouragement, not sure which wins out
Gotta give this one a neutral, helping end a marriage v. words of encouragement, not sure which wins out
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6:31PM on 06/04/2013
I think Crowe gets a bad rap. Sure he's rough with the paparazzi, but anyone who punches a paparazzi in the face is okay in my book.
I think Crowe gets a bad rap. Sure he's rough with the paparazzi, but anyone who punches a paparazzi in the face is okay in my book.
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6:37PM on 06/04/2013
Ya, having an affair with a married woman, and breaking up a marriage, isn't bad, or being an asshole to the actors, writers, directors on set of the movies he done isn't bad either. smh
Ya, having an affair with a married woman, and breaking up a marriage, isn't bad, or being an asshole to the actors, writers, directors on set of the movies he done isn't bad either. smh
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7:42PM on 06/04/2013
Awesome story, sometimes life does come full circules.
Awesome story, sometimes life does come full circules.
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8:19PM on 06/04/2013
Great stuff...but then so is... apparently... everything that's coming out of and connected around this movie!
Great stuff...but then so is... apparently... everything that's coming out of and connected around this movie!
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5:16AM on 06/05/2013
Apologies - it wasn't a link ...just by annoying tendency to use .... instead of a comma ;o)
Apologies - it wasn't a link ...just by annoying tendency to use .... instead of a comma ;o)
9:12PM on 06/04/2013
bad link, what was it?
bad link, what was it?
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9:03PM on 06/04/2013
Great story nuff said !!
Great story nuff said !!
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10:12PM on 06/04/2013
Wow, that is crazily awesome story!
Wow, that is crazily awesome story!
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10:38PM on 06/04/2013
"My son, you do not know me, but you will, and I will guide you."

What a neat story! Proof of Life is a decent film, nothing remarkable but pretty intense and not your typical Meg Ryan role.
"My son, you do not know me, but you will, and I will guide you."

What a neat story! Proof of Life is a decent film, nothing remarkable but pretty intense and not your typical Meg Ryan role.
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1:46AM on 06/05/2013
Heartwarming. Sadly, what really happened was little Henry walked up to Russell Crowe who then kicked him in the nuts.
Heartwarming. Sadly, what really happened was little Henry walked up to Russell Crowe who then kicked him in the nuts.
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5:18AM on 06/05/2013
lolzzzz - I can't stop laughing...and I'm in the office. Trying holding back a laugh without your throat hurting!
lolzzzz - I can't stop laughing...and I'm in the office. Trying holding back a laugh without your throat hurting!
3:30AM on 06/05/2013
How Russel Crow treats paparazzi who invade his life in an aggressive manner is completely different to how he treats a child curious about acting. Paparazzi are leeches who invade peoples privacy and say that they are "enhancing" the celebrities profile, popularity etc. Bullshit.
How Russel Crow treats paparazzi who invade his life in an aggressive manner is completely different to how he treats a child curious about acting. Paparazzi are leeches who invade peoples privacy and say that they are "enhancing" the celebrities profile, popularity etc. Bullshit.
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12:27PM on 06/05/2013
I had a friend that met him on a movie set and was shocked at how nice and humble Russell Crow really is (when you work as a extra/crew they tell you not to talk to the actors so when Russell Crow started to talk to my buddy he kinda just looked over and didnt know who to react! One of the Producers started coming over, presumably to tell my friend to leave when Mr. Crow told the Producer to go away)... Living in LA, you hear stories constantly about celebs but nobody really knows. Russell
I had a friend that met him on a movie set and was shocked at how nice and humble Russell Crow really is (when you work as a extra/crew they tell you not to talk to the actors so when Russell Crow started to talk to my buddy he kinda just looked over and didnt know who to react! One of the Producers started coming over, presumably to tell my friend to leave when Mr. Crow told the Producer to go away)... Living in LA, you hear stories constantly about celebs but nobody really knows. Russell Crow is a class act.
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12:44PM on 06/06/2013
OOOOH yeah, I forgot - you being a saint gives you the right.
OOOOH yeah, I forgot - you being a saint gives you the right.
4:49PM on 06/05/2013
I can judge, ShonK because committing adultery is never a good thing and never has a reason to be OK.
I can judge, ShonK because committing adultery is never a good thing and never has a reason to be OK.
3:36PM on 06/05/2013
Oh be quiet Pump, you were not there and do not kn ow what the circumstances were. Besides, you throwing stones in this glass house must mean you have never cheated?

Was her marriage already doomed and over? Did she pursue him? You do not know - so dont judge
Oh be quiet Pump, you were not there and do not kn ow what the circumstances were. Besides, you throwing stones in this glass house must mean you have never cheated?

Was her marriage already doomed and over? Did she pursue him? You do not know - so dont judge
1:18PM on 06/05/2013
A class act?...So having an affair with a married woman, and breaking up a marriage, isn't bad at all?
A class act?...So having an affair with a married woman, and breaking up a marriage, isn't bad at all?
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12:32PM on 06/05/2013
cool story, crowe!
cool story, crowe!
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5:57PM on 06/05/2013
That's just awesome. Brings the movie to a new level.
That's just awesome. Brings the movie to a new level.
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6:04AM on 06/07/2013
Wow, that's just cool. I wished this happened to me when I met Shane Black when I was at the Omaha Film Festival.
Wow, that's just cool. I wished this happened to me when I met Shane Black when I was at the Omaha Film Festival.
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