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Russell Crowe can't get Australian citizenship

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Russell Crowe can't get Australian citizenship

Russell Crowe cannot get Australian citizenship.

The New Zealand-born actor - who has been married to Aussie singer Danielle Spencer since 2003 - has lived most of his life in the country and has even appeared on an Australian postage stamp, but because he was mostly shooting movies elsewhere between 2000 and 2002 his application was rejected.

He said: "They changed the law for New Zealanders.

"No matter how long you'd been in the country, if you weren't in Australia for the majority of 2000 to 2002 - when I was particularly busy filming overseas - you can't become a citizen."

Russell has blasted the ruling as "unreasonable" and believes he has done enough to be granted Australian citizenship especially after once handing out "'how to vote' cards to help elect the prime minister".

The Hollywood hunk added to Radio Times magazine: "I've been voted one of Australia's 50 national treasures. I've even had my face on an Australian stamp, the only non-Australian to do so, apart from the queen, of course. It's so, so ... unreasonable."

While he was born in neighbouring New Zealand, the star first moved to Australia in 1968 when he was just four years old and lent his voice to Aussie TV series 'Spyforce' a few years later.

He is said to identify himself as Australian and even co-owns Australian National Rugby League team the South Sydney Rabbitohs.