Russell Crowe is reportedly taking his latest role to heart.
According to the UK’s Mirror, the “Robin Hood” star gave generously to a crewmember after her car burst into flames on the way to the set.
Denise Yarde, a boom microphone operator, informed producers she’d be late to the set after the car went up in smoke. When she arrived, she complained that she’d have to buy a new one – reportedly earning a jibe from Russell.
“Well, I suppose it’s OK for you, Russell,” Denise reportedly fired back. “You’ve probably never had to worry about finding five grand for a new car.”
According to the Mirror, the apologetic actor then gave her 5,000 pounds (approximately $8,100) to help pay for her new vehicle, telling her, “There you go. You can buy a 10,000 pound car now.”
A source on the set reportedly told the tabloid that Russell was “known on the set for his generosity.”
“It was a lovely gesture by Russell,” the source added.
A rep for the actor was not immediately available for comment on the story when contacted by Access Hollywood.
“Robin Hood,” directed by Ridley Scott and co-starring Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian, is due in summer 2010.