Accepting his “actor of our lifetime” prize at the Empire Film Awards last night in London, Russell Crowe read aloud to the audience a poem he wrote that included paraphrasing from legendary sources:
“I am celebrating my love for you with a pint of beer and a new tattoo.
“Imagine there’s no heaven.
“I don’t know if you’re loving somebody. To be a poet and not know the trade, to be a lover and repel all women. Twin ironies by which great saints are made, the agonising pincer-jaws of heaven.
“If you can walk with crowds and keep your virtue, walk with kings but not lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much;
“yours is the earth and everything that’s in it and what’s more, you’ll be a man.
“It’s only words, and words are all I have, to take your breath away.”