Russell Crowe walked out on a BBC Radio 4 interview after being accused of making Robin Hood sound Irish in his latest film, according to a report.

The Press Association reports that 46-year-old Crowe swore after presenter Mark Lawson suggested that hints of his accent did not sound English.

Questioned on arts show Front Row about whether the Irish tinges were deliberate, he snapped: "You've got dead ears, mate. You've seriously got dead ears if you think that's an Irish accent."

As Lawson reiterated that there were only "hints" of Irish, Crowe responded with a swear word.

The 'Gladiator' star continued to talk about the background of the character but then returned to the accusation, adding: "I'm a little dumbfounded you could possibly find any Irish in that character - that's kind of ridiculous, but it's your show."

Trying to pin him down, Lawson asked Crowe whether the voice was supposed to be from northern England. The Oscar-winner hit back: "No, I was going for an Italian - missed it?"

After failing to answer a question about whether he had not wanted to deliver a famous line in Gladiator - also directed by 'Robin Hood' film-maker Ridley Scott - he got up to leave, saying: "I don't get the Irish thing, by the way. I don't get it at all."