"I love going shopping," the American Gangster star, 43, tells Men's Journal for its new issue, which went on sale Tuesday. "I have a black belt in it. My wife [Danielle] really appreciates that in me. Whatever you need, mate, I'll get it."
As for his technique once he hits the store, Crowe claims, "I can do the supermarket in six minutes. I can pick out the first nine things my wife would like to try on. I'm not bragging; it's fact. I have retail-therapy issues. But I am cool with that. I shop with a big smile on my face."
The article (titled "Our Favorite S.O.B.") describes the actor who's had more than his fair share of negative press as "pugnacious and difficult," but also "charming and endearing."
Baptism Not Under Fire
His decision to get baptized along with his sons Charlie, 3, and Tennyson, 1 would likely fall under the latter categories.
"I'd like to do it this year," says Crowe. "My mom and dad decided to let my brother and me make our own decisions about God when we got to the right age. I started thinking recently, If I believe it is important to baptize my kids, why not me? I do believe there are more important things than what is in the mind of a man. There is something much bigger that drives us all. I'm willing to take that leap of faith."
Purity Leads to Trouble
Not that he's denying his reputation for landing in hot water. "Look, I call a spade a spade. I don't deny that," he says. "But my intention, for want of a better word, is a certain purity."
With a sigh, he adds, "But there is a bit of regret there. You run the clock down. How much longer are you going to be around? I do feel more vulnerable. That's a given."
As for the future lessons he'll teach his boys about the opposite sex, Crowe says, "Look, when it comes to women, you are talking about mysteries that haven't been unraveled by the wisest scholars of all time. I'm not going to be able to do that. But I can teach my sons to respect them."