Ryan O'Neal interview shocks Crowe and 'Late Late' viewers
WHEN a Hollywood heavy-weight like Russell Crowe makes an entrance saying "how f**ked up was that?", you know it is going to be one of the most talked about Late Late Shows in recent years.
Social media sites lit up after a bizarre "car crash" interview with veteran American actor Ryan O'Neal was followed by a visibly stunned appearance by the Hollywood A-lister.
O'Neal, the partner of the late Farrah Fawcett, sparked a storm of Twitter outrage after he made a sexual comment about his estranged daughter, the actress Tatum O'Neal (51).
O'Neal had spoken movingly about his late partner's battle with cancer before making an uncomfortable reference to his daughter.
"[Farrah] was so brave and full of courage and never complained. She never let us feel what she was feeling.
"I haven't been with anyone since. How do you follow that girl? Well, I could be with Tatum, I guess, but it's a bit late in the game," he said, as the audience laughed uneasily.
A visibly stunned Tubridy then said: "That would be a bit weird".
O'Neal was in a long-term relationship with Farrah Fawcett from 1979 until her death in 2009 from anal cancer. The pair produced a son together, Redmond James Fawcett O'Neal, but the actor has always had a difficult relationship with Tatum, who was the youngest ever person to win an Oscar at the age of nine, when she co-starred with her father in the 1973 movie Paper Moon.
The pair recently featured in a programme on Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network in which they attempted to repair their relationship.
Tubridy's next guest, Russell Crowe, commented on the bizarre remarks made by his fellow Hollywood actor.
"For me as a member of the audience I'm a little uncomfortable, but mainly I'm concerned for your mental health and well-being," he joked to Tubridy.
"Let's not discuss it any further, but how f**ked up was that?"
Irish viewers were baffled by the bizarre comments and many took to Twitter to discuss O'Neal's strange suggestion.
"That interview with Ryan O'Neal was cringe and awkward on levels I never want to experience again," tweeted George Hutton.
"Any father of a daughter can be disturbed by Ryan O'Neal on The Late Late Show but the real worry is the response of the audience," a user named Trailsleuth tweeted.
"How horrendous were the sexual comments by Ryan O'Neal re his daughter Tatum? Toxic, creepy and deranged maybe," tweeted Katie O'Connell.
O'Neal, who is in Dublin this weekend as part of the Jameson Dublin Film Festival, admitted in a Vanity Fair interview that he tried to chat up his daughter, who he said he didn't recognise following Farrah Fawcett's funeral in 2009.
The bizarre televised interview was in contrast to a more relaxed question-and-answer session O'Neal had with festival director Grainne Humphreys earlier on Friday, in which he revealed that legendary Hollywood director Stanley Kubrick packed up his family and fled Ireland immediately after the IRA showed up at his door, posing as house painters, a day after receiving an anonymous telephone warning to leave the country within 24 hours.
The incident occurred at the height of The Troubles in January 1974, and was sparked by what was believed to have been the IRA's unhappiness of having a British film crew shooting a film about British soldiers on Irish soil.
"Then there was a knock at the door and there were men saying 'we're here to paint', and there was a housekeeper, she looked through the window and said 'they're not painters, don't let them in'."
"So that combination, and Stanley - he was dust, he was gone. He doesn't fly, so he took the boat," he said of Kubrick boarding a ferry at Dun Laoghaire bound for Liverpool.
Crowe, meanwhile, spoke of his delight at being back in Ireland for the festival. He was given a standing ovation at Dublin's Savoy cinema on Friday, where he graced the red carpet ahead of the screening of his new film The Water Diviner, in which he makes his directorial debut.
He also stars as the lead character, Australian farmer and water diviner Joshua Connor, who goes to Istanbul four years after the Gallipoli Campaign, in World War I, to learn the fate of his missing sons.