Crowe stunned by ‘son’
RUSSELL Crowe was stunned when he realised the actor playing his son in the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, was the kid he offered acting advice to on the set of 2000 film Proof of Life. British actor Henry Cavill was an extra playing rugby with Crowe’s movie son, Merlin Hanbury-Tenison, in the film when he plucked up the courage to chat with his idol. ‘‘When he came over to talk to me, I gave him an ear purely because I liked watching him play,’’ Crowe says. Cavill, then 16, asked Crowe about becoming an actor. Cavill admits Crowe’s advice inspired him to make the most of his acting career. ‘‘He gives me, amongst other things, this picture of him in Gladiator, saying, ‘Dear Henry, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. Now he’s playing my dad at the most pivotal point of my career. I mean, what are the chances?’’
Man of Steel opens on June 27.