Russell Crowe is planning to be baptised in the near future, at the age of 43.

The Oscar winner told Men's Journal magazine that he planned to be baptised in a Byzantine chapel that he built on his Australian homestead for his wedding to Danielle Spencer in 2003.

Both the couple's sons, three-year-old Charlie and one-year-old Tennyson, were baptised in the chapel.

In the interview, Crowe said: "I started thinking recently, if I believe it is important to baptise my kids why not me? I'd like to do it this year."

He continued: "There is something much bigger that drives us all. I'm willing to take that leap of faith."

Crowe said the chapel was the most extravagant thing he had ever spent money on.

"I needed to convince Danielle she didn't have to travel to Rome to get married like she'd always dreamed of, because I saw all the paperwork involved. So I had to manage that disappointment," he said.

"It is consecrated and everything...  And we use it all the time," he added.

Crowe's new film, 'American Gangster', opens in Irish cinemas on Friday 16 November.