(TMU) — Following a weekend of torrential rain, Hollywood superstar and actor Russell Crowe has shared stunning images showing how his sprawling rural estate in Australia has bounced back after facing near-total destruction from the bushfires.
The Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind star’s land in the state of New South Wales (NSW) was nearly plunged into devastation when fires ripped through the village of Nana Glen in November 2019 during the unprecedented bushfire crisis.
In before and after images shared to Instagram, one can see the land making a stunning transformation from fire-scorched brown fields to a verdant green country landscape in the span of only 10 weeks.
The New Zealand-born actor wrote on Twitter:
“My place 10 weeks ago after the fire had gone through, and this morning after a big weekend of rain.”
My place 10 weeks ago after the fire had gone through, and this morning after a big weekend of rain. pic.twitter.com/oOWz0gG5hp
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) January 19, 2020
The first image reveals the desolate aftermath of the fires with the trees and grass blackened and charred by the inferno. Smoke can be seen billowing in the background while the water beside Crowe’s dam had been reduced to a puddle.
In the next photo the dam is seen completely refilled and the land appears to have been nearly restored to its formerly lush state with blue and cloudy skies complementing the healthy and green valley.
Nearly 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of Crowe’s land was badly damaged during the fires, but at the time he claimed he was “overall very lucky” that his home wasn’t consumed by the blaze.
In late November, Crowe returned to his fire-ravaged rural property. While trying to reach it, he called the area “absolutely fucking smashed” due the historic wave of fires.
In video shared to Twitter the star and his friends are seen attempting to reach his property through roads choked by fallen trees and a grim landscape smoldering from recent blazes.
Sent this to a friend. Thought I’d share with you too . Fires still burning , logs smoking everywhere you look.
Got halfway to where we were trying to get to, will try again in the morning when it’s cooler. pic.twitter.com/eCjR8QXXMm
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 25, 2019
The actor also transformed his old Ford pickup into a DIY fire-truck to beat back the disastrous fires.
Along with an image shared on social media, Crowe said:
“For those that have asked. This is what my fire truck looks like from the front. I’ve owned this truck over 20 years and it was already an ‘old’ truck when I bought it. Re-purposed to fight the good fight. I know… sexy truck for sure.”
For those that have asked.
This is what my fire truck looks like from the front.
I’ve owned this truck over 20 years and it was already an “old” truck when I bought it.
Repurposed to fight the good fight.
I know… sexy truck for sure. pic.twitter.com/31mm90ocQf
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) January 9, 2020
The bushfire crisis forced the celebrated actor to decline appearing at the Golden Globe Awards show earlier this month to accept an accolade for his role in The Loudest Voice out of fear that he would need to protect his family and property from the out-of-control blazes raging at the time.
He was unable to accept the award in person because he was “protecting his family from the bushfires" in Australia.
In an acceptance speech read by actress Jennifer Aniston, Crowe said:
“Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based.
We need to act based on science, move our global work force to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is. That way, we have a future. Thank you.”
During the tremendous torrential rains over the weekend, Aussie farmers and firefighters shared images and video of their celebration following months of drought, heatwave, and historic bushfires.