The Port Augusta Transcontinental has a nice write up of Russell’s visit to the areas last week and a couple of fan photos. Posing for photos, playing with people’s babies, talking to fans in a restaurant ….
Hollywood megastar Russell Crowe turned heads in Port Augusta last week as he dined at Ian’s Western Hotel with friends.
Happily obliging some Port Augusta residents with photos, the actor was described as friendly and easy-going.
Chef Kym Grebenshikoff was humbled to discover he had cooked the Gladiator a steak for dinner.
“It was a really awesome and humble feeling cooking for one of the best actors in the world,” he said.
“He wasn’t there making a scene, just out with mates having tea and I had no idea what he had ordered til [Friday morning] so I really just treated it like another meal…I hope he enjoyed it.”
Port Augusta resident Mat Flannery said he was surprised when he saw the actor outside the pub and decided to approach him.
“I saw a couple of people had poached him outside and thought I would too,” he said.
“I convinced him to go and say hello to my wife, and he played with our son Tom for a few minutes.”
Mr Flannery said Crowe had alluded to touring the region for potential film sites, but he was “keeping pretty quiet” about it.
He had visited Port Lincoln the day before, as well as Hawker, Quorn, Terowie and Peterborough before settling in for dinner at the Western.
“It’s not the kind of place you’d expect him to be,” Mr Flannery said.
“The pub was full and he was out in the dining room with everyone else, and apparently he stuck around for a few beers.”