Russell Crowe in GladiatorRussell Crowe allegedly threatened to kill a producer working on Gladiator with his 'bare hands' over a pay dispute, according to a new tell-all book.

The Oscar-winning actor was apparently left fuming when he discovered assistants working on the 2000 film - which took more than £300 million at the box office and won seven Oscars - were receiving paltry wages. Crowe then allegedly threatened veteran producer Branko Lustig with violence unless the issue was resolved.

According to Nicole LaPorte's upcoming book, 'The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company called DreamWorks', Lustig alleges Crowe phoned him at 3am and said: "You motherf**ker. I will kill you with my bare hands."
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