Tuesday 24 October 2017

Get the popcorn in - Gladiator star Russell Crowe is returning to the Late Late Show

Russel Crowe at JDIFF 2015 - Pic Donal Corkery
Russel Crowe at JDIFF 2015 - Pic Donal Corkery
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Late Late Show audience and viewers are undoubtedly in for a treat tomorrow night as Gladiator star Russell Crowe will return to the studio.

During his last appearance on the show in March 2015 the Hollywood star proved to be TV gold as he took over the Late Late Show band and scolded the audience for failing to clap in time.

Crowe has been a musician since he was very young, most recently fronting the band Indoor Garden Party, and host Ryan Tubridy handed him a guitar and asked him to play a tune.

Hilarity ensued.

The actor popped up to the set's balcony and spent quite a while tuning his guitar while Tubs provided a slightly awkward commentary.

"Now I have to come over and use the midget's microphone," declared Crowe when he had trouble adjusting the stand.  When he finally started singing he soon stopped to chastise the audience.

“If you’re going to clap, clap in time,” he scolded, adding, “If you can’t clap in time just shut up."

It didn't dent his popularity with the audience, however, as he received a standing ovation for his efforts.

Tomorrow night he'll be in studio to chat about life on the Hollywood A-list, juggling family, music and movies and life on the road with Indoor Garden Party.

He'll perform with his band and RTE say "he may even have time to join The Late Late Show house band for another song".

Let's hope they've tuned the guitar correctly this time!

Also on the Late Late this week, Tubridy will be joined by some of the late Jimmy Magee's friends and colleagues who will share their stories of one of the legends of Irish broadcasting.

Francis Brenna will also be in studio to talk about his new book on managing homes and his recent grand tour of Vietnam.

Talented Irish actresses Elaine Cassidy and Angeline Ball will also join Tubridy to talk about filming Acceptable Risk, a new Sunday night drama on RTE, in Dublin and Montreal.

Elaine will be telling viewers how she missed out on kissing Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Angeline will share why she’s glad to be shedding her blonde bombshell image.

The Late Late Show, on RTÉ One, Friday, September 22nd at 9.35pm.

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