An Aldinga seafood pie fit for a Gladiator has Oscar-winner Russell Crowe vowing to return on his next trip to South Australia.
Crowe took a break for lunch at the Aldinga Bay Seafood last Friday, September 6, while scouting places to film his new Gallipoli drama The Water Diviner .
Shop co-owner Derek Matheson said the actor dropped in to taste his homemade pie on the recommendation of locals.
And he gave it a glowing review.
“He’d left the store before I’d gotten to speak to him but after he’d had something to eat he made a special point of coming back in to tell me how awesome the seafood pie was,” Mr Matheson said.
“He even said he would be back to have more when he’s next in the south.”
Crowe enjoyed a baked potato with coleslaw and sour cream, a piece of grilled flathead and the seafood pie for lunch.
Mr Matheson said it would be a “massive coup” for the area if Crowe chose to film on the southern beaches.
“It’s fantastic and the more exposure you can get in any area (of SA) is great.”
Crowe reportedly left South Australia vowing to return after “falling in love” with several potential locations for his new feature film, including the state’s Mid-North and along the Fleurieu Peninsula’s southern coast.
In April, Crowe was spotted in Port Lincoln and the Mid-North and spent a night in Port Augusta on what is now understood to have been his first location scouting trip to SA.
Crowe has also recently scouted locations in Turkey, where half the film will be shot, and has reportedly visited Istanbul, Cappadocia and Edirne.
His film, with the screenplay written by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, will be co-produced by Hopscotch Features and his own Fear of God production company.
It is a war drama about an Australian man who travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his two sons who went missing after Gallipoli.
The Water Diviner started pre-production this week.