Russell Crowe has revealed the most dangerous stunt he's ever done saying it was "probably one of the stupidest things I ever did".

Speaking to Aussie radio hosts Chrissie, Sam and Browny from Nova, the Kiwi actor revealed his role on Proof of Life nearly killed him.

"Right at the beginning of the film there's a sequence where I run up to this helicopter and I jump onto it and it takes off, so I actually did that," he said.

"I ran up and I grabbed the strap and then it takes off [up to] 100 feet...During one take the director told the pilot to 'go harder'.


"We bank over this battle field and an explosion goes off. I get like 20 cuts across my face and the only thing that stopped me from dying was having a grip on the strap."

The story comes after Crowe revealed to Wenn last year that he regrets doing his own stunts after sustaining a host of injuries.

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"I've got this embarrassing thing where I've got one scar on my body that is from something other than a film set. Every other scar is about being on a film set," he said.

"I've got no cartilage in my toes anymore; that's from doing a whole bunch of lateral stops. I've got grade-four tears in both Achilles tendons. I've got shin splints. I've got bone marrow oedemas under both knees. I've got one disintegrating hip.

"I've got a rib in my upper thoracic that pops off my spine, which is a very pleasant morning if that ever happens. I've had two operations on my left shoulder. This stuff comes from committing to the job and giving myself over to the job."