Rosie The Battering Ram
We met once again in Battle, we were just about to set to. I saw Russell Crowe looking along the ranks standing on the beach ready for the assault.
Then he seemed to spot me. (It was the beard really) and heeled his horse and came galloping over and with a huge grin said “how’s it goin’ brother?”
From that day on we spent time together with other members of the cast just having a good laugh, eating lots of steak and drinking good Australian Beer.
The weeks passed quickly in the unusually blistering Welsh sun.
Next up was Bourne wood, In Guilford. We were standing reflecting on the fact that we had stood in the same spot 10 years previous. Many great achievements performed by both of us, in 10 years. Russell had always shown an interest in the Duncarron project and always asked how I was getting on with it.
One day on set when we were relaxing between takes Russell asked if I had approached production for some of the many amazing Film props around us. I had said that I hadn’t but could see plenty that would be useful. Russell gave me the name of the production Boss the man who writes the cheques!! Charlie S????? I knew I would have to get to this guy and try and sell our cause.
Next morning came and we were all on-set bushy tailed and ready for the taking of the Castle gates. My whole crew were on stand-by and I spotted Russell coming onto the set. He stopped looked around, saw me and came striding over with a smile on his face and looking pleased he said “come over here a second” tugging at my sleeve. He pointed at the Battering Ram, fondly named Rosie by the team, and said “that’s yours mate, I’ll pay to get it shipped up to Scotland.”
Russell explained that he had lay in his bed the night before thinking to himself, “Chick’s gonna have a hard job getting his message across” so decided to sort out it himself. He had breakfast and went over to production to look for CharlieS and when C saw him he had asked in a worried tone of Russell, “what have we done?” “We have given Chick and the Clanranald boys the Battering Ram for their project”
Well I’ve never felt so humbled in all my life that someone would do such a thing for us and to make it even more mind blowing than it already was, I was later that day, introduced to CharlieS who thanked me!!! I said “but it’s us who should be thanking him”.
CS said he was so pleased to be able to help and feel a part of an amazing project and wished us much success in the future. He shook my hand firmly and thanked me again before leaving.
Russell then explained the way it would work. The Movie would have to be finished and signed off before the Battering Ram could be released. Then he would have the arrangements made for it to be shipped up to Scotland.
Boxes upon boxes of costume were also donated by Annie Crawford and the gems of the Costume department. We have more than enough now to stage our own battle of Barnsdale. We cannot express how grateful and how proud we feel to be associated with such generous people who went out of their way to help us when they didn’t even have to.