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Crowe: I’m a sad, lonely man

Russell Crowe has spoken about how heartbroken he becomes while away from his two sons for an extended period of time.

The 51-year-old Academy Award-winning actor shares sons Charles, 11, and Tennyson, eight, with his estranged wife Danielle Spencer.

And while he’s away filming movies, Russell admits he is often left feeling heartbroken by the distance between himself and his children.

“[It’s] very tough. It's the most difficult thing. You're asking me on the wrong day. I spent nearly two hours this morning sitting by myself watching videos of my children. How sad is that, right? Sad old lonely man,” he told USA Today.

Russell is currently promoting his new film The Water Diviner, which he starred in and directed.

The Hollywood A-lister can’t wait to finish promotional efforts so he can get back home to Australia and be with his boys.

But when Russell returns to the family farm, he’s sure his day-to-day existence will likely be business as usual.

“It will just be normal stuff and I'll just be Dad. I'll be their taxi driver and whatever they need,” he smiled before noting, “I’m older.”

The Water Diviner is a historical drama that centres on an Australian farmer who travels to Turkey in an attempt to locate his three missing soldier sons after the Battle of Gallipoli.

Russell made it a point to approach the topic of war very carefully as he directed the picture.

"If you're going to approach a subject like this, there's a certain moral responsibility. To me, there is. I'm a father of two children," he said. "War isn't just about bravery and courage and jingoism and patriotism. It's also fundamentally about grief. And the people that go and do the fighting and the dying are never the people who actually benefit from the fighting and the dying."

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