While relaxing on a rare day off, Crowe received a memo from the studio asking him not to play soccer because he might get hurt.
Crowe, peeved, sent a memo in return: "I can wrestle with four tigers, but I can't play a game of soccer? Get over it. Love, Russell."
[Among the injuries sustained by Crowe on the set? "I broke a bone in my foot," he recalled. "I fractured a hipbone. I had both bicep tendons pop out of their shoulder sockets -- fortunately for me, at different times, so I still had one arm I could use."]
[One day in 1980, Cantonese police caught some young men scraping out tiger cages at the Canton zoo. Tiger dung, they soon learned, was being sold on the black market; used as a dog-repellent, it scared away the bloodhounds used by Chinese army units to pursue fugitives and illegal immigrants fleeing to Honk Kong.]