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Generous Russell Crowe delights Welsh pub staff with £600 tip

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The Aussie star, seen here on the set of his latest action adventure Robin Hood, is the toast of the local community after digging deep into his pockets during a pub outing
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Some 10 staff members at the Carew Inn in Tenby, Wales divided his £600 tip between them 

29 JUNE 2009

Hollywood tough guy Russell Crowe is the hero of bar staff at a pub in Wales after leaving a £600 tip for their services.

The Gladiator star treated nine friends to a meal of mussels and chicken in the Carew Inn, near Tenby, costing £240 and then stunned the waiters by paying a generous sum on top.

His outing came during a break from filming Robin Hood at local beauty spot Freshwater Beach - a project he describes as an "interesting gig" because he's got naked and danced by firelight with Cate Blanchett.

But his generosity wasn't just financial. The Aussie actor - who has a band which has been known by various names, including The Ordinary Fear Of God and 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts - laid on an impromptu concert for the locals.

He led his band of merry men through a set that included Everly Brothers' hits, Bryan Adams' Summer of '69 and Sixties song Leaving On A Jet Plane.

"He could have paid and just left but they stayed instead and entertained us. Then he paid us that tip – it’s the last thing you expect," said one staff member.

"“He seemed quite friendly and chatty like a really nice guy, and he had a great singing voice.”

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