I was told Kavanagh poetry 'was not supposed to be read on the BBC', says Russell Crowe

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe revealed that he was told that poems by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh “was not supposed to be read on the BBC".

He was talking about the notorious BAFTA incident in 2002 where he responded angrily after the BBC cut his recital - a tribute to actor Richard Harris - from the awards broadcast.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on last night’s Late Late Show, he said recalling the poem on stage made him “extremely unpopular”.

He also spoke about his love for Dublin and how he couldn't possible pick a favourite pub because he has “never had a sh*t pint” in the city.

Crowe, who was born in New Zealand, had a dig at Irish rugby supporters when he talked about Ireland's famous victory over the All Blacks.

There were two performances from his band Indoor Garden Party, one with ER star Scott Grimes on lead vocal and one with Russell manning the microphone.

More in this Section

Producers of The Crown issue apology to Claire Foy and Matt Smith

Loose Women express sympathy for Dec after Ant’s arrest

Ringo Starr finally receives ‘most overdue’ knighthood

What you need to know about the London bakery making Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake


New father’s life ‘changed forever’ after he was run over by surgeon

The biggest cancer killer will take your breath away

Hopefully she had an idea...

Power of the press: Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks discuss 'The Post'

More From The Irish Examiner