Wednesday 20 November 2019

Russell Crowe reveals Michael Jackson prank called him for three years (even though they never met)

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

In today's bizarre news, Russell Crowe has made a startling revelation about Michael Jackson.

In a profile with The Guardian, the Australian actor has revealed the late singer would taunt him with prank phone calls for years - despite having never met each other.

"For two or three f***ing years," he told the paper. "I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn't matter where I was, he'd ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know.

"'Is Mr Wall there? Is Mrs Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what's holding the roof up? Ha ha.' You're supposed to grow out of doing that, right?"

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson (left) and Russell Crowe (right)
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner

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Crowe also recalled a threat to his life by al-Qaida in 2001, which resulted in FBI monitoring for the following two years.

“I still really don’t know to this day what the f**k that was all about," he said when asked about the bizarre and seemingly random kidnap threat. "All I know is, I arrived in LA, got to my hotel, as I’d done umpteen times before, started unpacking, and there was a knock at the door and a team of FBI guys wanted to sit down and discuss something with me.

"And then, for nearly two years, they were always around. I remember going to the Golden Globes and having, like, 16 security guys with me. I don’t even know why. They wouldn’t give me any details. And of course, people were like: ‘Look at him, he thinks he’s fucking Elvis.’ And then one day they just weren’t there any more.”

Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe

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A notorious difficult interview subject, which the author recognises, the Oscar-nominated actor was uncharacteristically candid in his responses, explaining that he truly hated his worldwide fame in the early days.

"Even walking down the street was a pain in the arse. People want a piece of you," he explained. "And something else happens, man. You build all these friendships and then you hit a certain level within the business and those people need you now, if you’re connected to their thing, their thing gets done, their life is enriched, and friendships get damaged because you say no.

"Suddenly I was destroying people’s hopes and dreams if I said no to something. It was rather intense.”

Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner
Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner

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