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WAWIBF... Character Assassination

12 June 2006

We must admit, our opinion of Russell Crowe has changed. We used to think he was a boorish, quick-fisted child, a cerebral baboon and single-cell control freak who would think nothing of using his considerable if baffling influence in his ceaseless quest for good PR. Now we think he might also be mentally ill. Not as mad as Cruise perhaps, but certainly madder than Peter Andre.

On Wednesday a fascinating and withering article about Crowe appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. Entitled 'I Was Russell Crowe's Stooge', it tells the story of how the writer of the piece, Jack Marx, was approached by Crowe and pressured into writing blow job pieces for him. It tells of how Crowe befriended the journalist, persuaded him to big up his embarrassing music, invited him out to his kingdom, football games and lunch with Kevin Spacey. It tells of the moral quagmire such a relationship entails. 'Could all of these months,' Marx ponders, 'the calls and the midnight emails, the long nights of music and chewing the fat, the skerricks of gossip he'd imparted trustingly, the weekend up north, the talk of our future - could all of this have been in the service of nothing at all but promotion for a film? Do people really do this?' Turns out they do. Then, when they don't get exactly what they want, they turn into vicious petulant brats. None of this is particularly surprising, but Marx writes it up sparklingly, and Crowe is so much more of an arsehole than surely anyone would ever have imagined, that it's a joy to read. Just in case you don't get round to reading it, this you must know: if you ever happen to meet Russell Crowe and he speaks to you, say this to him: 'Yeah, yeah, whatever.' Drives him nuts!

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