fired back at his Proof of Life
director Taylor Hackford
, who last week blamed the film's anemic box office on Crowe's ill-fated and highly publicized romance with leading lady Meg Ryan
. "I think Taylor is being impolite, impolitic and imbecilic by saying that," Crowe said. "I think you will see that the Proof of Life
box office, when it's not such a family-oriented time as Christmas, will be much higher. What we know, personally, is that we put as much effort into the process as possible and are pleased with the outcome."