If the ‘Gladiator’ is to be believed, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp have got it all wrong.

Doling out advice to aspiring actors at the prestigious Cannes film festival, the New Zealand-born star in his typical brash manner, rubbished the idea of ‘method acting’ saying it was just a fanciful notion.

According to Crowe, there’s nothing ‘complicated’ about acting; every actor just has to work it out for himself how he’s going to attempt a role. The Oscar-winner said he had never been to any acting school, nor received any formal training in the profession – the only training he did was read classics for three weeks.

Crowe is in Cannes to promote his new comedy thriller, ‘The Nice Guys’, in which he plays a tough LA debt collector. Co-starring with him in the film are Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer and Kim Basinger.

Referring to his acting technique, Crowe, who has been critically acclaimed for his thespian skills said, “I use the Russsell Crowe method”. And if there’s any outside advice he pays heed to, he says he always remembers the words of the great Sir Laurence Olivier — “Learn your dialogue and don’t bump into furniture.”