Stop glorifying Gallipoli, Russell Crowe tells Australia

Russell Crowe has told Australians to stop celebrating the "mythology" of Gallipoli.

His controversial comments were made during an interview while promoting his World War I film 'The Water Diviner'.

Crowe said he thinks Australia shouldn't celebrate Gallipoli because they invaded a sovereign nation.

"You know, I think, after 100 years, it's time to expand that mythology," he says.

"And I think we should be mature enough as a nation to take into account the story that the other blokes have to tell. You know because we did invade a sovereign nation that we've never had an angry word with.

"For all the heroism you want to talk about, you know, for me, a fundamentally more important conversation is the waste of life and these things should, you know, we shouldn't celebrate the parts of that mythology that shouldn't be celebrated."

Around 8,700 Australians and 2,701 New Zealanders lost their lives in Gallipoli one of the worst campaigns in World War 1 for the two nations.

Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.