Russell Crowe in Ashbourne
The Hollywood actor popped into a Derbyshire brewery during a break from filming 'Robin Hood' in the Peak District.
As Robin Hood | Photo: David Appleby/Universal
Regulars at the Green Man pub in Ashbourne were joined by an unusual drinker this week when Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe dropped in for a pint.
The Hollywood star is in Derbyshire to shoot a scene for a new film version of Robin Hood directed by Ridley Scott.
And after a long day of filming, the 45-year-old Australian joined some rugby-playing pals for a drinking session at the hostelry.
Russell and friends | Photo: Andrew Selmes
The group sampled some of the pub's ale before being invited on a tour of the Leatherbritches microbrewery located at the back of the building.
Brewery owner Edward Allingham said: "He was with some very large Australian rugby lads who had been playing with Bradford and a couple of Northern clubs. He was the smallest one in the group!
"They were in the pub having a few pints and someone told them we brew the beer at the bottom of the garden so they wandered down.
"At first I thought they were after money, judging by the size of them!"
Mr Allingham led the star and his friends on a guided tour of the site.
He said: "Russell came up and said 'hello mate I'm Russell, do you mind if I have a look around?' It was absolutely brilliant.
"So I showed him around. He opened up one of the fermenters, stuck his head up inside and that usually blows your socks off if it's fermenting. He quite enjoyed it and they all had a go!
"I spent about 30 minutes talking them through the brewing process and to my surprise they all seemed very interested and were asking lots of questions, like where the flavour comes from.
"By this point, a lot of people were taking photos and asking for autographs. So we gave him some bottles and off he went."
As well as Russell's surprise visit, Lorraine Ashley, landlady of the Rose and Crown in Brailsford, said she served several members of the film's crew who had been filming at Dovedale.
She explained: "About half a dozen of them walked in. They bought everyone a drink and then sat down and started telling us stories about what they were doing."
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last updated: 05/08/2009 at 15:57