The Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed actor Russell Crowe to Lambeth Palace today - even though his latest film has prompted anger and cries of blasphemy from some religious groups.
Justin Welby held a short private meeting with the Australian star, who is in London to promote his film Noah, based on the biblical story in which he plays the title role.
The office for the Archbishop said the two men discussed faith and spirituality in their meeting, which came after the film's London premiere on Monday evening.
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Pictures: Stars on red carpet for Noah premiere
Actor Russell Crowe corrected a local reporter at the weekend, after she asked if he would let his rugby league team play against the Irish national team, which plays rugby union.
Crowe said: "South Sydney Rabbitohs play rugby league. Its a different sport. Totally different rules. But you know, thanks for bringing it up."
The interview ended on a strange back and forth discussion on a previous statement by Crowe about the UK and Ireland.
Crowe was in Dublin at the weekend for the premiere of ‘Noah’, a film based on the story of Noah's Ark.
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Australia regain the Ashes
Actor Russell Crowe has poked fun at England's disastrous Ashes campaign, claiming there are Englishmen alive today that will never see England holding the Ashes again.
Australia sealed a 150-run win to go 3-0 up in the five match series to claim victory.
The Gladiator star, who was born in New Zealand born but raised in Australia, claimed "all is right with the world" following the host's victory.
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