Crowe cries foul over Aussie citizenship

HE'S appeared on Australian stamps, but it appears Russell Crowe has been licked in his bid to become an Aussie.
THE New Zealand-born Oscar-winning actor says he has twice been rebuffed in his application to become an Australian citizen.
The 50-year-old Gladiator star has told British magazine Radio Times that, despite moving to Australia as a child, he has been thwarted in his attempts to take up citizenship.
"I've been voted one of Australia's 50 national treasures. I've even had my face on an Australian stamp, the only non-Australian to do so, apart from the Queen, of course. It's so, so ... unreasonable," he said.
Crowe said a law change was at the root of the issue for New Zealanders wanting to become Australians.
"No matter how long you'd been in the country, if you weren't in Australia for the majority of 2000 to 2002 - when I was particularly busy filming overseas - you can't become a citizen."
Crowe, co-owner of NRL side South Sydney, married Aussie singer Danielle Spencer in 2003 and they have two sons together, but the pair split in 2012.
He made his directorial debut with The Water Diviner, which was the most successful Australian films of 2014.
Crowe has twice appeared on Australia Post stamps - in 2009 in an issue celebrating Australian Oscar-winning actors and the following year to coincide with the release of Robin Hood in which he played the lead role.

Crowe cries foul over Aussie citizenship