Generous Russell Crowe delights Welsh pub staff with £600 tip


The Aussie star, seen here on the set of his latest action adventure Robin Hood, is the toast of the local community after digging deep into his pockets during a pub outing
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Some 10 staff members at the Carew Inn in Tenby, Wales divided his £600 tip between them 

29 JUNE 2009

Hollywood tough guy Russell Crowe is the hero of bar staff at a pub in Wales after leaving a £600 tip for their services.

The Gladiator star treated nine friends to a meal of mussels and chicken in the Carew Inn, near Tenby, costing £240 and then stunned the waiters by paying a generous sum on top.

His outing came during a break from filming Robin Hood at local beauty spot Freshwater Beach - a project he describes as an "interesting gig" because he's got naked and danced by firelight with Cate Blanchett.

But his generosity wasn't just financial. The Aussie actor - who has a band which has been known by various names, including The Ordinary Fear Of God and 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts - laid on an impromptu concert for the locals.

He led his band of merry men through a set that included Everly Brothers' hits, Bryan Adams' Summer of '69 and Sixties song Leaving On A Jet Plane.

"He could have paid and just left but they stayed instead and entertained us. Then he paid us that tip – it’s the last thing you expect," said one staff member.

"“He seemed quite friendly and chatty like a really nice guy, and he had a great singing voice.”