Volatile actor Russell Crowe isn't tempted to take up boxing after stepping into the ring to play champ JIM BRADDOCK in CINDERELLA MAN - he thinks the sport is "stupid".

Crowe recently faced assault charges after allegedly hitting a hotel porter with a telephone (06JUN05) and appeared to have found the ideal role in the film.

But he insists he has no time for the sport.

He muses, "I think boxing is something stupid, you know?

"Two guys in a ring with shorts on. 'We're going to put on some gloves and bash each other's heads, ok?' It's stupid."