Russell Crowe couldn't help but think of his two sons while shooting The Water Diviner.
Not only does the film (in theaters on April 24) mark the Oscar winner's feature film directorial debut, he also stars in the movie as an Australian farmer who goes searching for the remains of his three sons after they were killed fighting in the Battle of Gallipoli at the end of World War I.
Crowe and his ex, Danielle Spencer, are parents to Charles, 11, and Tennyson, 8.
"You know, once you're a parent, everything that you do in life happens from the prism of being a parent," the actor-turned-director told me while promoting the movie at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. "So obviously there was a deep connection for me when I read that particular story."