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Crowe: I worked out for costume

Russell Crowe has revealed that he underwent "really intense" training for his Man Of Steel role - after finding out he would have to wear a tight-fitting Lycra outfit.

The New Zealand-born Australian star decided to stick to a tough work-out and diet regime to play Superman's biological father Jor-El in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, which stars Henry Cavill as the superhero.

"When I signed on... well, one, I didn't realise that I would be wearing Spandex - because you know that's Superman's costume. I didn't realise that I'd have to fit into it as well," he told Access Hollywood.

"But, I also didn't realise the type of organiser that Zack Snyder is, because this was really old school prep. I was on the movie for three-and-a-half or four months before I even got in front of the camera."

The 49-year-old added: "(My training routine) was massive. It was probably not since Cinderella Man, and prior to that, Gladiator, I suppose. It was really intense."

Russell - who turned down the role of Wolverine in the X-Men films - said he was drawn to Man Of Steel because it's not just a comic book film.

"I'm a dad. I wasn't necessarily inclined to do a cartoon movie. But, I don't think this is. I think this steps way beyond that," he said.

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