Movie hunk Russell Crowe will attend the birth of his first child in January (04) - but his wife has banned him from watching too closely.

The GLADIATOR star's wife Danielle Spencer is happy to have her husband with her when she gives birth - but only as long as he concentrates on comforting her, rather than watching the baby coming out.

He says, "Yeah, I'm going to be there, absolutely. But I'm only allowed to look in certain areas. She wants me to focus on her and that's fine and dandy. I love smelling babies."

Crowe, 39, has also been canvassing advice in the build up to the big day - and has been concentrating on his pals' positive stories.

He explains, "Some people have got advice, some people have got horror stories. I like the people that just look you in the eye with that kind of glow and say, 'It's all gonna be cool.'"

12/11/2003 13:49