Crowe stunned by ‘son’

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

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.

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