Russell Crowe doesn't have to try too hard to hate his boxing rival in real-life sports movie CINDERELLA MAN - the other man in the ring was the man Meg Ryan turned to after the New Zealander broke up with the actress.

Former Sex And The City heart-throb Craig Bierko plays heavyweight champion MAX BAER in the ROCKYesque, rags to riches movie, opposite Crowe, who stars as JIM BRADDOCK.

The two boxers were fierce rivals in the 1930s - and neither actor has to try hard to dislike the other.

A set insider says, "Russell and Craig hardly speak to each other on the set, and they never socialise. There doesn't seem to be a lot of love lost between them."

23/07/2004 19:41