Russell Crowe fulfills teaching promise

Russell Crowe made good on his word last Friday by flying 6,000 miles to the U.K. to teach an acting class at Durham University. Years ago, when his friend Bill Bryson (pictured with Crowe at left) was appointed Chancellor, he promised to come and teaching an actor class. Russell told The Journal: “It was quite a few years ago now. Bill had just been appointed Chancellor of Durham University and I told him I would pay a visit. At the time I thought he would remain Chancellor until he was 105, but quite recently I read somewhere that he was leaving the position. I thought I had better get back in touch to keep my promise.” Crowe advised the students that rather than look for careers that would be lucrative, to find something they would enjoy doing. “It’s not about dollars or fame or success — it’s about pursuing the things that you love,” he told them. During the lesson, he taught them breathing exercises and gave them scripts to act out. Bryson said afterwards: “I’m personally very honored that Russell Crowe has taken time out of his busy life to do this great thing for Durham. He is a truly special human being,” adding that the students were “walking on air” following the session.

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  1. Germain • June 6, 2011 @ 3:01 PM

    Give back, not only with your cheque book but with knowledge and personal time. Good on Russel.

  2. Jo-Anne • June 6, 2011 @ 5:35 PM

    nice one, Russell!

  3. C-Dub • June 6, 2011 @ 8:51 PM

    I hope he did go to UK on his own dime and time. That’s great if he did. Even more repect for Crowe now.

  4. furney • June 7, 2011 @ 11:53 AM

    Good on ya Russell!

  5. Monique • June 7, 2011 @ 12:26 PM

    “Its not about dollars or fame or success”

    This is coming from a guy that’s worth 89 Million dollars (as of 2009).

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