Crowe pays tribute to Harris at Irish ceremony

Russell Crowe unveiled a bronze statue in honour of late screen wildman Richard Harris in the iconic actor's native Ireland this weekend.

The Antipodean movie star, who first met the star on the set of 1999 blockbuster Gladiator, paid tribute to Harris' friendship and wisdom at the ceremony in Kilkee, County Clare.

Crowe said: "Richard was a great guy and he was a very good friend.

"I met Richard at a time in his life when he was probably reflective of what he had done over the time he had spent on the planet. He very kindly passed a lot of wisdom on to me."

The sculpture portrays the Harry Potter actor playing racquet-ball, which is what the Limerick-born star used to love to do whenever he holidayed in Kilkee. Harris passed away in 2002 aged 72.

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