Hollywood star Russell Crowe delighted fans as he flew in to Edinburgh on Saturday for the Scottish premiere of Noah.
The Kiwi-born actor arrived by private jet from Dublin before walking the red carpet at the Filmhouse cinema in front of hundreds of fans.
Introducing the start of the film, Crowe joked: “I can tell you definitively, your weather today is significantly better than in Dublin.”
On the subject of shooting a future film in Scotland, he said he thought “it was a great idea. Particularly up north would be good if you could have cameras which had built in de-icers.”
Like many Hollywood A-listers, Crowe has declined to make a firm opinion on the upcoming referendum but hinted he would not like Scottish culture be diluted.
He said: “I’m not sure I’m really informed enough to make any real comment.
“But, if I thought there may be a watering down of what is known as Scottish culture then maybe I would then have a stronger opinion, but it’s definitely very understood what is Scottish around the world.”
On his brief in Edinburgh, Crowe said he had not yet had time to try any haggis or battered Mars Bars, but had enjoyed a cheeky tipple.
He said: “I had a whisky down the road. It was Laguvilin, but I didn’t order it, the other fella did.”
The cast of Noah has a throng of British stars including Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone and Douglas Booth.
Co-star Booth, who plays Crowe’s son in the film, also joined him on the red carpet.
Booth said: “It was amazing to work with Russell as I grew up watching him on screen.
“He’s an absolute legend and he comes to the set with an amazing presence and energy so it was very exciting.
“It’s amazing to be in Edinburgh, it’s very, very beautiful. We’ve just come from Dublin and we’re heading off to Cardiff afterwards.
“We’re doing the four capitals of the UK in one day so it’s pretty intense.
After leaving for the jet to Cardiff, Crowe tweeted: “Almost balmy and tropical in Edinburgh. Visit was too short. Got to get back here at some stage.”