Russell Crowe’s upcoming role as Robin Hood may be rubbing off on him, as the Oscar-winning actor recently made a surprise donation after stopping in at a UK cancer research shop.
The 45-year-old actor made the donation of £1,000 (approximately $1,600) to the shop after eating at a café next door to it.
"He just came into the shop and the lady at the till was serving someone else at the till. "She didn’t recognize him. He asked if we took donations and she told him that we do in the back of the shop," manager Julia Deane told the BBC of the encounter. "She gave him the book to fill in his name and he wrote Russell Crowe."
The donation was the latest good deed reportedly done by Crowe, who has been known to sometimes have a contentious attitude and was recently rumored to be at odds with director Ridley Scott in recent months while filming an adaptation of Robin Hood in the UK that is due out in 2010.
During the production of Robin Hood, Crowe gave boom mic operator Denise Yarde money to purchase a new car after commenting to the actor when she heard him make a remark about her car catching on fire while she was driving to work, according to Yahoo Movie News UK.
The star also recently left a tip of approximately $980 on a bill of about $393 at a Welsh pub he and some friends had dinner at during filming as well.
Crowe has received nominations for the Best Actor Academy Award three times, winning the award in 2000 for his role in Gladiator.