Russell Crowe Teaching Sons Empathy

Having spent a nomadic childhood in Australia, moving from town-to-town with his parents, Russell Crowe is grateful that his successful acting career has enabled him to stay put with wife Danielle Spencer and their two sons Charles ‘Charlie’ Spencer, 5, and Tennyson Spencer, 2 ½. “My kids are growing up in a much more affluent environment than my wife or I experienced in childhood,” he notes. The couple make it a point, however, to keep the boys connected to the way the rest of the world lives.

“I remember Charlie went to school one day and when he came home I asked him how it went and he said, ‘They don’t have a lot of toys.’ That struck home so we do try and make sure they can empathize with people who are not in their situation.”

There are some luxuries that are too good to pass up, however! Charlie is particularly excited about Russell’s turn as the title character in the upcoming film Robin Hood; So excited, in fact, he tagged along with dad during pre-production costume fittings. “The costume department, run by a dear friend, made him a set of chain mail,” Russell recalled. “Needless to say, he was very happy about that.” If he’s allowed to watch the film, it will be just the second time Charlie has seen Russell on the silver screen; the only other was Silver Brumby, a children’s film Russell says he made “way back.”

“He’s very confused by it because in the movie I’m running and galloping around on horseback, chasing a horse, but when he’s with me on the farm, I just call and the horse comes.”

Russell, 45, can currently be seen in State of Play. Robin Hood is slated for release in March 2010.

Source: Scotland on Sunday

— Missy

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