Crowe's cult confession
13:30 20 April 2005
Russell Crowe has revealed he came close to joining the controversial Scientology cult.
The 'Gladiator' star confessed he read books by sect founder L. Ron Hubbard and watched videos about their bizarre beliefs when he first arrived in Hollywood.
But the actor said the cult movement - which boasts Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Lisa Marie Presley as members - is for those who feel insecure and need guidance.
He told America's Interview magazine: "I read 'Dianetics' by L. Ron Hubbard, I got a couple of videos, and I took it all in.
"It just seems like a religion that's perfect for people who feel they need grounding, who feel the world has run off with them."
Meanwhile, Crowe has launched his solo pop career.
This week he released his first single - which he boasted about by posting fan mail from famous musicians on his website.
Billy Bragg said the record: "Brought my morning to a halt, leaving me gazing out at the winter sun to the ocean."
Sting, meanwhile, described the Aussie hunk as "enigmatic", before adding: "Will it make it on the radio? I don't think so mate."
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