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Russell Crowe in Ireland

Crowe unveils Richard Harris's sea tribute

Hollywood star Russell Crowe paid tribute to hell-raiser Richard Harris as he unveiled a statue in his memory in Ireland. Crowe, who first met Harris on the set of Gladiator in 1999, thanked the Limerick actor for passing on his wisdom. 

Harris, best known for his lead roles in Camelot and This Sporting Life, died in 2002 aged 72. Crowe, who broke away from filming in New York, said: "Richard was a great guy and he was a very good friend. I met Richard at a time in his life when he was probably reflective of what he had done over the time he had spent on the planet. He very kindly passed a lot of wisdom on to me." 

The statue was unveiled in Kilkee, Co Clare - a pretty seaside town where Harris spent his childhood summers. Crowe added: "If all I could make something like this, I'd love to have been here and it just has worked out that way and I'm very pleased." (Wha? R U Drunk?) Harris's three sons, Damian, Jared and Jamie, also attended the ceremony to unveil the life-size bronze sculpture. The statue depicts Harris playing racquet-ball as the Limerick actor often played the sport while holidaying in Kilkee. 

Crowe went on to win best actor for his performance in Gladiator and was later nominated as best actor for two other films. The statue cost more than 40,000 euro (£28,000), part of which was contributed by Harris's sons. Sculpted by Seamus Connolly, it stands in the Cliff Walk area of the town overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the famous Pollock Holes. 

from: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/30092006/344/crowe-unveils-harris-s-sea-tribute.html

Picture of the statue here (I can't upload it, my photobucket is playing up)

 More pics here

Russell also sang a song that he usually sings with his shitty band, about Richard Harris. 

FYI, I don't have a video of this concert, but if you want to see how much Crowe's band brings the LOLs, just watch this.... Wait till 2.37 mins to see the hip-shakin', and just look at the way he works that mic stand at the end as if it were Meg Ryan's ass....

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