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Russell Crowe in Robin HoodRussell Crowe, no stranger to controversy, apparently shocked his English co-stars on the set of Robin Hood - when he threw a log at Prince Andrew during a royal visit.

The Queen's second eldest son - and fourth in line to the throne - was visiting the set of director Ridley Scott's new film in Windsor Great Park (part of the royal family's land and standing in for Sherwood Forest in the movie) as Crowe was rehearsing a fight scene that involved grabbing a camp fire log to fend off the enemy.

But Crowe, who plays Robin Hood, left his co-stars open-mouthed in surprise as the Aussie actor threw the log prop straight at the prince in order to prove, in Crowe's words, that the royal heir was a normal "bloke".

Find out more after the jump... Russell Crowe in Robin HoodRussell Crowe, no stranger to controversy, apparently shocked his English co-stars on the set of Robin Hood - when he threw a log at Prince Andrew during a royal visit.

The Queen's second eldest son - and fourth in line to the throne - was visiting the set of director Ridley Scott's new film in Windsor Great Park (part of the royal family's land and standing in for Sherwood Forest in the movie) as Crowe was rehearsing a fight scene that involved grabbing a camp fire log to fend off the enemy.

But Crowe, who plays Robin Hood, left his co-stars open-mouthed in surprise as the Aussie actor threw the log prop straight at the prince in order to prove, in Crowe's words, that the royal heir was a normal "bloke".

"I'm happy he caught the log," said Crowe. "It was an instinctive thing - it's like when you are playing sport. I threw it where he had the best possible chance of catching it. The thing is, if I'd thrown it too hard I'd have made a complete jerk of myself, and it wasn't about doing that.

And so what was the reason? "It was about showing a group of Englishmen, who were a little bit overawed with their prince being there, that's he's a bloke and is ready for a bit of fun," said Crowe.

Fortunately for Crowe, Prince Andrew laughed off the log stunt and Crowe admits he was impressed with the Prince's sense of humour - especially after he relayed a tale of the advice his mother gave him before his trip to the set.

"I really liked him," said Crowe. "He told a funny story too. He said, 'I was having dinner with my mother, and I asked her if it was appropriate that I wear a suit when visiting the film set.' And his mother, who is the Queen after all, said, 'No Andrew, if you turn up in a suit people will think you're a ninny (fool).'"

If you ask us, sounds like there was more than one 'ninny' on that set...