Russell Crowe was social distancing before it was cool and advantageous to one’s health.

“It turns out that I’ve been self-isolating on and off for the last 30 years and I'm completely comfortable with it and quite good at it,” says Crowe, 56, by phone from his Australian farm. While the global COVID-19 crisis “worries me,” everything's been OK in his daily existence: “I live in a rural area surrounded by wildlife and other animals – Angus cows and horses and what have you – so it's been perfect for me, actually.”

His laid-back nature is a contrast to his latest role in the road-rage thriller “Unhinged” (in theaters Friday), the first major new movie released in reopened cinemas since the pandemic struck in March. He plays a nihilistic, truck-driving character known only as The Man, who viciously pursues a woman (Caren Pistorius) and her son (Gabriel Bateman) after the mom honks at the unstable stranger at a traffic light.

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