The Gladiator star shows a more tender side to his persona. He says becoming a father was the best experience of his life
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Russell swings his own little Cinderella Man between his legs
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2 MAY 2005

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Since his first son Charlie was born 18 months ago Russell Crowe has earned a reputation as Hollywood's most hands-on father. So it came as no great surprise to his Sydney neighbours when the movie hunk was spotted showing his affection for his little boy during a stroll along the waterfront at Woolloomooloo Bay.

Russell was snapped swinging little Charlie in his arms and tenderly kissing his head as wife Danielle looked on. The actor, who has recently completed work on the boxing flick Cinderella Man, has been taking a break from movies to spend some quality time with his family.

The 41-year-old is best-known for his tough-guy film roles, but he has also found an artistic outlet for his fatherly feelings. The gentle ballads that make up his forthcoming solo album My Hand, My Heart have already won critical acclaim Down Under. And it's not only the musical press who are singing its praises: British rock veteran Sting confessed to being mightily impressed after receiving a copy of the single Raewyn which Russell wrote about his own family life.

"You're a very enigmatic man, Mr Crowe," he wrote. "Your song is a royal gift to Charlie - beautiful photographic images, a surprisingly tender voice and I'm touched you would send it to me."

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