Russell Crowe blasts social media panning of Master and Commander

Russell Crowe blasts social media panning of Master and Commander

Russell Crowe has hit back at social media criticism of 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World'.

The 56-year-old actor starred in the 2003 war epic as Captain Jack Aubrey and replied to a tweet suggesting that Peter Weir's movie was a good "sleep aid".

The original Tweet read: "Lots of folk complaining about lack of sleep during the pandemic. May I recommend 'Master and Commander' starring the usually captivating, attention-grabbing Russell Crowe. I've never made it past the 10 minute mark. You're welcome. And thanks Russell. (sic)"

The Oscar-winning star replied with a fierce defence of the flick, describing it as "brilliant" and lauding the "incredible cinematography".

Russell wrote on the platform: "That's the problem with these kids these days. No focus.

"Peter Weirs film is brilliant. An exciting, detail oriented, epic tale of fidelity to Empire & service, regardless of the cost. Incredible cinematography by Russell Boyd & a majestic soundtrack. Definitely an adults movie (sic)."

Meanwhile, Russell previously explained how he owed his Hollywood career to Sharon Stone, because of her determination to get him a part in the 1995 film 'The Quick and the Dead'.

The 'Gladiator' star recalled: "It took me probably about 18 months or more, and literally hundreds and hundreds of meetings, before I actually got an American gig. I only got it because Sharon Stone had seen a movie I was in.

"She was kind of in a sword fight with the male producers on the film. She just put her foot down and said, 'I'm going to hire the person I want to hire as the love interest.'

"If it wasn't for her strength of commitment, I don't know how long it might have been before I got an American movie. I've got a lot to thank her for."