When Russell Crowe broke both his legs filming 'Robin Hood' and didn't know it

February 19, 2024
Russell Crowe broke both legs while filming 'Robin Hood' but didn't realise it until a decade later when he began experiencing mysterious pain in his limbs

Hollywood star Russell Crowe broke both legs while filming ‘Robin Hood’ but didn’t realise it until a decade later when he began experiencing mysterious pain in his limbs. The 59-year-old actor recalled experiencing pain when he rushed through filming a scene which required him to jump onto “rock-hard” ground without the surface being properly prepared.

Speaking to People magazine, Crowe, who played the titular role in the 2010 movie, said: “I jumped off a castle portcullis onto rock-hard uneven ground. We should have prepped the ground and buried a pad but we were in a rush to get the shot done in the fading light.”

“With hundreds of extras around, arrows flying and burn pots setting the castle on fire, there was no pulling out. As I jumped, I remember thinking, ‘This is going to hurt’.”

The actor aimed to land on the balls of his feet to reduce the impact, but his heels hit the ground first, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

He added: “It was like an electric shock bursting up through my body. We were shooting a big movie, so you just struggle through, but the last month of that job was very tricky. There was a number of weeks where even walking was a challenge.”

At the time, he “never discussed the injury with production, never took a day off because of it, I just kept going to work.”

But a decade later, he sought medical help when he began experiencing “very strange pains” in his lower legs.

He said: “I thought it was nothing serious. After working through a long New York winter, my body was just missing exercise and sunshine.”

The Oscar-winning star underwent MRI scans and X-rays and was stunned when the doctor looked at the images and asked when he had broken his legs.

He added: “Apparently he could see the remnants of fractures in both shin bones. To jog my memory he said, ‘Would have been maybe 10 years ago?'”

Crowe then remembered the ‘Robin Hood’ shoot.

He said: “Apparently I finished that movie with two broken legs. All for art. No cast, no splints, no painkillers, just kept going to work and over time they healed themselves.”

The ‘American Gangster’ actor thinks the year off he took between making ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘Man of Steel’ helped his recovery.

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