You really are Les Misrables! First look at stoney-faced Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert on his trusted steed
14:43 GMT, 25 March 2012
He's not exactly known for playing jovial, comedy characters who bring a smile to his and his audience's faces.
And this new role is no exception for Russell Crowe who looked rather grim-faced as he got into character on the set of his new film.
The actor was seen for the first time on set of the film adaptation of Les Miserables as the formidable Inspector Jarvert.
Back in the saddle: Russell Crowe is seen as Inspector Javert on set of the film adaptation of Les Miserables
Crowe, who had the perfect expression for the cruel policeman, who is on a mission to imprison convict Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman.
And he looked rather like Napolean up there on his horse with his bicorne hat and official uniform.
The film is being shot in Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire and there was a full set on for Crowe's scenes as he was surrounded by camera and sound crew and extras who are his officers and were also on horses.
Giddy up! Russell, who is an experienced horse rider, was seen riding through the set at Pinewood Studios
And the 47-year-old actor looked comfortable on the horse, and it's little wonder as he is an experienced rider.
once said: 'Probably since I was about nine or 10 years old I've ridden
horses quite regularly, and I have a cattle farm, I have my own horses
But while hardman Crowe might be able
to take on Jackman in real life, according to reports last week, the X
Men star keeps asking to re-shoot his fighting scenes with the Gladiator
star – because he likes hitting him.
His faithful army: Russell was joined by actors and extras who were his officers for the day
Where do you want me Crowe sits patiently on his horse as he waits for direction
A source told The Sun newspaper: 'The crew find it hilarious as Crowe would obviously sweep the floor with Jackman in real life.
keeps ribbing Russell and winding him up but he's been getting his own
back by calling Hugh a twirlie, which is showbiz speak for a
But while Crowe might see the funny side to that, the actor was reportedly left fuming last week after he was turned away from a members-only gym.
Are we stopping soon, Mr Russell The poor horse looked ready to call it a day as they stood around between scenes
According to the Mirror, he was refused entry by a 'daft chav' to the 120-a-month Virgin Active gym in Bracknell, Berkshire, which issued an immediate apology.
Crowe then took to his Twitter oage and wrote: 'Hoity toity staff with chav accents.
What’s with that Advice to virginactiveUK and Richard Branson have
fit/smart folk rep your brand.'
He later added: 'Nice email from pr lady @virginactiveuk . Think I'll just go where the regular folks hang GOLD's GYM in Camberly , friendly spot.'
Trusted steed: Crowe looked comfortable on his horse as he waited in between scenes
A staff member at the Virgin Active gym told the apper: 'Everyone is talking about who it was that Russell Crowe called a daft chav.
'We have our suspicions and one member of staff is looking decidedly sheepish.'
Scruffy: Hugh Jackman is unrecognisable as he gets into character on set as Jean Valjean