Russell Crowe & Liam Neeson Are Sharing Stories Of Their Friendships With Horses

The numbers here aren’t exact, but see if you follow me here. A horse is roughly five times the size of a dog. Dog is man’s best friend. Therefore, a horse is five times as much of a best friend to man as a dog is. Logically sound? I’m glad you agree.

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Actor Liam Neeson might agree, recounting this tale from the set of the Coen BrothersThe Ballad of Buster Scruggs to Page Six:

I play a travelling impresario. We filmed in New Mexico. The odd thing is the horse who pulls my wagon knew me. . . . You won’t believe it. I’m saying this horse knew me. He actually remembered me from another Western we made a while back. I love animals. When we worked together before I took special care of him. I fed him treats. Gave him apples. . . . He whinnied when he saw me. And pawed the ground.

Does that sound weird? Well, it’s not at all weird actually, according to fellow actor Russell Crowe, who himself has formed a powerful bond with a number of equine colleagues, as he explained on Twitter:

This is absolutely true. There’s a horse George who I gave the speech in the forest in Gladiator on. Years later he was on the set of Robin Hood and we would have a chat every day. Same with the white horse Rusty in Robin Hood we chatted again on Les Mis. Lifelong friends.

As Douglas Adams once wrote: “It is difficult to be sat on all day, every day, by some other creature, without forming an opinion on them.” It appears that the reverse is also true.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, set to hit Netflix in mid-November, will be an anthology film in six parts, featuring the acting talents of such wonderfully welcome names as Tim Blake Nelson, Tom Waits, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Kazan, and Stephen Root.