Russell Crowe has lashed out at critics who have denounced his new Biblical epic Noah without even seeing it, branding them "absolutely stupid".
The movie star admits he's sick of having to defend the new Darren Aronofsky film against people who believe it will be terrible.
He says, "We've had probably over a year now of very harsh criticism from a bunch of people who have put their name and stamp on an opinion that's not even based on the movie or seeing the movie, just an assumption of what it could be or how bad it could be or how wrong it could be in their eyes, which I think, quite frankly, is bordering on absolute stupidity.
"Now, I think, people are seeing the movie and they're realising how respectful it is and how potent it is."
The Oscar winner adds, "You come out of this movie and you want to talk... about our stewardship of the earth, our relationship to animals, what is spirituality, who am I in this world... All these fantastic subjects for conversation... Art that can do that for people is a wonderful thing."