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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Russell Crowe said he has apologized for losing his temper at the director of the British Academy Film Awards show after the actor's speech was cut short in the British broadcast of the ceremony.

Crowe said Sunday he called Malcolm Gerrie recently to apologize about the Feb. 24 incident. News reports said Crowe swore at Gerrie and pushed him against a wall at a dinner after the awards show.

``I was unrepentant for a while there,'' Crowe said Sunday after he was named best actor for ``A Beautiful Mind'' at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Crowe said he called to apologize after hearing that Gerrie's son was being hassled in school over the incident.

At the British awards, where Crowe also won best-actor honors for ``A Beautiful Mind,'' the actor's acceptance speech included a four-line poem, ``Sanctity,'' by the late Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh. The poem was cut from the broadcast for time constraints, according to the show's producer.