Russell Crowe gets comfortable in the beer garden of the Coffs Hotel yesterday for a cigarette and a casual talk about movies a
Russell Crowe gets comfortable in the beer garden of the Coffs Hotel yesterday for a cigarette and a casual talk about movies a

No fear Russell?s here at the Coffs

By JENI FAULKNER

ONLY in a Coffs Harbour beer garden could you pull up a stool and chat with an Oscar winner.

Sporting casual shorts, a Cinderella Man vest, and three-day growth Russell Crowe met with the Coffs Coast Advocate yesterday to talk about life as a celebrity and touring with his band, The Ordinary Fear of God.

This weekend Russell officially opens the new-look Coffs Hotel and he said it was refreshing to visit his favourite watering hole.

"Being a family man is fantastic, I have such an amazing little kid," Russell laughed.

"But since I've been married I hardly have any time to get up here because now our lives are geared around Sydney."

Russell calls his visits to the family's Nana Glen property 'little snatches' in his busy schedule, and he argues that it takes at least a month before he can relax back into life on the North Coast.

"Movies are my day job so it's nice when I get to come up here and tour with my band, even if it's only a quick visit."

Russell arrived at the Coffs Hotel on Wednesday night for his first look at the renovations following last July's fire. He was impressed but said it was now harder for an 'old bloke' like himself to find somewhere to hide.

"When I walked in I was thinking I bet Marty is only just plugging in the power," he joked.

"But I was impressed by the development, it is going to be a great weekend."

Russell and his band will belt out tunes tonight and tomorrow in the back bar of the hotel, but Russell's visit is just another blip in his busy schedule.

Directly after the last performance Russell will retreat from the crowds to jump in his private jet and head back to Sydney.

From there he will fly to the US for the Golden Globes where he has been nominated for Best Actor for his performance in the film Cinderella Man.

"I am not expecting anything from the Golden Globes, but it is nice to be nominated," Russell said.

"There was a lot of problems with the way that film was released, but it is a brilliant movie and I can't believe it didn't get better audiences."

At this point in his career Russell says Cinderella Man is his favourite movie, although he's not looking forward to being 'tired as hell' next week.

The band's tour finishes at the end of January. They will also perform at Parliament House in Canberra as part of the Australia Day festivities. Russell then dusts off his boots for the 34th Country Music Awards in Tamworth on January 28.

Tickets to see Russell and The Ordinary Fear of God at the Coffs Hotel, either tonight or tomorrow, are still available. CDs will also be for sale.

And, just like the band frontman he is, Russell added that some retro-style older band T-shirts would even be for sale, just for a bit of fun.



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