From his youth to the present, Russell Crowe has had a special love of horses. “They’re just like people,” he told CraveOnline, “there are some horses that you have a deeper connection with immediately, and you can work on that over time.” He has also noted that he sometimes finds it difficult to part with his equine co-stars when a film involving horses wraps.
Crowe has a love and fascination of old maps, which he revealed to cartography fans when he helped launch the exhibition Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia in the National Library of Australia in early November 2013.
Russell Crowe stated in November 2007 that he would like to be baptised a Christian, and feels that he has put it off for too long. “I do believe there are more important things than what is in the mind of a man,” he says. “There is something much bigger that drives us all. I’m willing to take that leap of faith.”
In June 2010, Crowe, who had started smoking when he was only 10, announced he had quit for the sake of his two sons. On 10 November 2010, Crowe told David Lettermanthat he had been smoking more than 60 cigarettes a day for 36 years of his life, and that he had fallen off the wagon the previous night and smoked heavily. By April 2011, it was officially confirmed that Crowe’s attempt to quit smoking was unsuccessful.
In preparation for several film roles in 2012, from June to November 2011 Crowe underwent a gluten-free and non-alcoholic diet and fitness programme that consisted of walking, mountain biking and workout in the gym. During this period he lost 24 kg (53 lb) reducing his weight from 114 kg (251 lb) to 90 kg (198 lb).
Crowe also publicly endorsed Julia Gillard, whom he called “Leader through tough times”, in the Australian Labor Party leadership spill, June 2013, although he is unable to vote in Australia as he is not an Australian citizen. Gillard lost the Labor leadership to Kevin Rudd, who subsequently lost the Australian federal election, 2013.
Crowe revealed in 2015 that he was the victim of prank calls from Michael Jackson. Crowe explained, “I never met him… he found out the name I stayed in hotels under… he’d ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know ‘Is Mr. Wall there? Is Mrs. Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what’s holding the roof up? Ha ha.’ You’re supposed to grow out of doing that, right?