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Russell Crowe: "I Am Not A Hard Man"

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May 7 2010, Published 2:04 p.m. ET

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Robin Hood hunk Russell Crowe may be famous for his brooding looks and hot temper but the Aussie actor insists he's really a poetry-loving pushover.

"I am always described as 'Hollywood Hard Man'. It's just ridiculous," he tells the UK edition of GQ magazine via The Daily Telegraph. "I know some hard men, mate, and I am not a hard man.

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"I'm a guy who likes poetry, who writes songs. I put on makeup for a living. Give me a break. If I was a hard man, I wouldn't be any good at my job."

The dad-of-two goes on to set the record straight about his supposed tendency to violence. "How many times have you read that I punch photographers? I have never punched a photographer.

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"But I have thrown some of the sharpest intellectual barbs in my life at guys who are chasing me down the street with a camera. I cut them to the quick. They're lucky to get home with any blood in their system emotionally. And they hate me for it. I'm not sorry."

Meanwhile, Russell's gaining recognition for his part time job as a musician. "I got a song on a record in Canada that went gold. It might not be significant to somebody else but it works for me."

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