Russell Crowe became ''lifelong friends'' with a horse after chatting to the animal every day on the sets of 'Robin Hood' and 'Les Miserables'.

The 54-year-old actor is now great pals with Rusty after his four-legged friend appeared in the two movies, and he also used to engage in daily conversations with another equine, George, on the sets of both 'Gladiator' and 'Robin Hood', which comes after Liam Neeson recently claimed a horse in his new movie ''recognised'' him.

Russell retweeted a story about the 'Taken' star's filly claims, and he wrote 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 everyday.

Same with the white horse Rusty in Robin Hood we chatted again on Les Mis. Lifelong friends. (sic)''

Liam recently claimed the horse in his latest film, 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs', ''knew'' him, and as a result he took ''special care'' of the stallion and treated his pal to regular apples.

He said: ''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.''

Russell and Liam's confession of their love of horses comes after the 'Sate of Play' actor bought an equine that ''almost killed'' Josh Lucas in drama series 'Snowy River: The McGregor Saga'.

Josh previously said: ''Every actor claims that they can ride a horse. My first job was in Australia. When I was 19 years old, I got hired to play a great horseback rider, so I told everyone of course I could ride a horse, and then I arrived on set and of course I didn't really know how to ride a horse, and that horse .. tried to kill me.

''Funnily enough, years later I did 'A Beautiful Mind' with Russell Crowe and he told me he has that horse.

''He was like, 'Your horse on 'Snowy River: The McGregor Saga'? I have that horse now.'

''I never ended up seeing the horse again. Who knows if that horse is still alive?''