Sam Worthington was advised by Russell Crowe on how to handle fame.

The 'Avatar' star says the actor "really helped him out" when he started getting recognised, and Russell - who has been involved in a series of public bust-ups - told him to always be respectful to his fans.

The 34-year-old hunk said: "We Aussie actors all know each other. I've asked Russell Crowe for advice over the years. He's really helped me out a lot.

"There's no school that can tell you how to handle things like losing your anonymity. [Russell told me] to handle it with sensitivity. It's hard to ask someone for their autograph. So if someone snubs me, why snub them? They're braver than I am and deserve my respect."

Sam even admitted that he has been the autograph hunter himself, asking for signatures from his favourite musicians.

He said: "I've asked Angry Anderson from Rose Tattoo and Angus Young from AC/DC."

He also revealed that he got on with his 'Avatar' director James Cameron because they both came from humble beginnings.

He explained to Britain's Elle magazine: "All I know is we get along. He used to be a truck driver and I used to be a brick layer, and we're both passionate about our work.

"It's always about the work, not about the fairy dust and bulls**t that goes on with it."