Russell Crowe's new film convinced his son to not join the army

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has revealed his eight-year-old son Tennyson was convinced not to join the army after watching 'The Water Diviner'

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Russell Crowe's eight-year-old son was convinced not to join the army after watching 'The Water Diviner'.

The actor - who stars as an Australian farmer who travels to Turkey to find his three missing sons after the Battle of Gallipoli - says his new movie had a profound impact on his son Tennyson, causing him to rethink his career plans.

The 50-year-old star said his son told him: "Dad, we're not joining the army any more."

Previous to that, however, Tennyson said that "after university, I'm going to do a couple of battles" and speculated that a soldier might be paid "a million".

But Russell is thrilled that the movie - which also stars Olga Kurylenko - has convinced his son to consider the pitfalls of war and change his attitude completely.

He told The Times newspaper: "The entire effort of three years of making the movie is worth it just to have put that in my son's heart."

Meanwhile, Russell - who also has an 11-year-old son, Charles - recently said having children has changed his outlook on life.

He said: "Once you have children everything you do and how you see the world is done through the prism of having kids."

The Water Diviner

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • Australia/Turkey/US
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Russell Crowe
  • Cast: Jai Courtney, Olga Kurylenko, Russell Crowe
  • UK release: 3 April 2015

Connor (Crowe) is an embittered Australian farmer after WW I who, following the suicide of wife Eliza (McKenzie), goes to Turkey in the hope of finding the bodies of his dead sons. Crowe as director fashions a sombre, intelligent and surprisingly assured historical drama, with fine performances.

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