Movie star RUSSELL CROWE showed off his sweet side on Australian TV on Monday night (11AUG03) by giving fans the chance to see his UNCLE RUSTY character.

The often surly GLADIATOR star talked candidly to chat show host ANDREW DENTON about his upcoming role as a first-time father - and revealed his soft side.

Speaking on Denton's ENOUGH ROPE show, he said, "On one hand I'm kinda giddy about it and quite blissful, and I'm seeing the angel in the eyes of every two-year-old I meet.

"I'm like, 'Oooh, hello, it's Uncle Rusty, coochie coochie coo,' and I'm doing all that, but at the same time it's a big thing. It's forever."

13/08/2003 09:10