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#1 of 131 MickeS

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Posted February 25 2002 - 09:09 AM

From IMDB news today:

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Crowe Objects To Collins

Russell Crowe refused to accept a British charity award after he discovered that a previous winner was Joan Collins. A speaker for the Variety Club made an introductory speech and listed past recipients last Thursday, at which point Russell refused to leave his seat. He announced, "Joan Collins? You can stick your silver heart up you a***, mate!" A guest remembers, "There were a few laughs from several people in the audience. But the Variety Club man looked absolutely livid." A spokesman for London's Everyman Cinema confirms that the event took place, adding "I can't speak for the Variety Club, but we were actually very pleased that Russell Crowe agreed to attend our event. Russell did seem to get offended when the Joan Collins reference was made, but afterwards he behaved brilliantly and joined us all for a few beers."

I can't decide if the man is just rude and obnoxious, or refreshingly honest. A little bit of both, perhaps.

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#2 of 131 Josh_Hill

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Posted February 25 2002 - 09:11 AM

Way to go Russell. Ive been waiting for years for someone to say something about Collins!

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Posted February 25 2002 - 09:15 AM

I'm curious what his objections are to Joan Collins, but I respect him for having principles that mean something to him. People forget they attach the honor of those they honor to what they use to honor them; those who bore an award before you reflect upon you, and you them.

Ultimately is just pop news fluff though, really. Just a cute story in a slow news cycle. Would have never been printed if a building had collasped or a jet crashed or something else 'juicier' for news outlets.
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#4 of 131 Guy_K

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Posted February 25 2002 - 09:18 AM

Crowe always comes off as stuck up and arrogant. How come everyone hates Joan Collins, is it because she's had multiple affairs?

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Posted February 25 2002 - 10:40 AM

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I agree. So shouldn't Crowe have studied up on this BEFORE coming to the awards ceremony?

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Posted February 25 2002 - 11:55 AM

Hmm, I would have laughed my ass off had I been there. Wasn't a kind thing to say. But there has to be a reason he doesn't like Collins. He didn't do that just because he dislikes here. Whatever the case, the man speaks his mind. And to me, that's refreshing. Not particularly nice thing to say, if he said it. I'd have to see some credible source confirming it. But anyway, I'd like to know why he doesn't like Joan Collins.

Maybe he didn't know Collins was presenting. Who knows. At any rate, is an anonymos guest credible conformation? Not saying he didn't say it, but an anonymous guest remember he said it is not entirely credible.

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"Joan Collins? You can stick your silver heart up you a***, mate!"


Posted Image I just picture Crowe telling Collins that.

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Posted February 25 2002 - 10:34 PM

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But anyway, I'd like to know why he doesn't like Joan Collins.

Errrr... you're kidding right? What's to like?

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Maybe he didn't know Collins was presenting.

Perhaps you should've read the article. She wasn't there! She was listed as a pervious winner of the award, and Crowe clearly didn't want to be grouped with her.

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I just picture Crowe telling Collins that.

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Posted February 26 2002 - 01:01 AM

This award was for CHARITY, not for acting or "most appealing personality". What the hell does liking her have anything to do with accepting the award. If she gave of herself for charitable causes, I see no reason to dump on her whether you like her or not. What a schmuck.

Or maybe I'm missing the point of this award?

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Posted February 26 2002 - 01:20 AM

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Or maybe I'm missing the point of this award?

Nope. The Variety Club in the UK is the big 'showbiz charity' - its money is raised by members of the showbiz community, with the money going to underprivileged, disabled & disadvanted kids throughout the UK. As well as giving out grants etc, they're well known for their 'Sunshine coaches' where they buy new buses & coaches to charity organisations, schools & other organisations etc.

It's been running for 50 years, has donated a large amount of money to charity in the UK.

Each year they hold a "Showbusiness Awards" ceremony a couple of weeks before the BAFTAs. This year's winners were:

Film Actress, Dame Judi Dench
Film Actor, Ewan McGregor
Sir James Carreras Award for Outstanding New Talent, Danial Ratcliff
Radio Personality, The Archers
Stage Actress, Lindsay Duncan
Stage Actor, Alan Rickman
Musical Theatre Award, My Fair Lady
Variety Club Comedy Award jointly won by Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona
Television Personalities, Ant & Dec
Showbusiness Personality, Kylie Minogue
Recording Artiste, Sophie Ellis Bextor
Bernard Delfont Award for Outstanding Contribution to Showbusiness, Eric Sykes OBE


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#10 of 131 Jay E

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Posted February 26 2002 - 02:32 AM

Thanks for that info Brian. It just reinforces my opinion of what a schmuck he is.

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Posted February 26 2002 - 04:31 AM

You guys think that's bad? Check this out.


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Russell Crowe was so furious when part of his BAFTA acceptance speech was cut from the TV broadcast, he physically threatened the man responsible. Crowe won Best Actor for his role in A Beautiful Mind, and spent part of his speech reciting the Patrick Kavanagh poem Sanctity - but when his speech went too long, the show's director Malcolm Gerry, 51, was forced to cut a few lines. Malcolm was talking to his pal Sting at Sunday's star- studded ceremony, when the musician warned, "Careful, Russell wants blood." Moments later, Gerry was escorted into a side room by tow of Crowe's security men - and the actor was waiting. Crowe, 37, pushed him up against the wall, jabbing a finger in his face, and roared, "I don't give a f*** who you are. Who on earth had the f***ing audacity to take out the Best Actor's poem? You f***ing piece of shit, I'll make sure you never work in Hollywood." The actor then kicked over three chairs before storming out of the room. A BAFTA source reveals, "It was an over-reaction and Malcolm thought he was going to get belted. He can't believe Russell took it so badly. It was all very sinister the way he was led into a small room and Russell was there waiting for him. Malcolm said it felt like something out of Gladiator."

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This was posted on IMDB today. I think the guy's a good actor, but.....what a prick.


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Posted February 26 2002 - 05:21 AM

Well, I would like to think it's not true. But hey, I don't have to deal with him. Just give me my money's worth when I pay to see your films. But not a very nice way to act.

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Posted February 26 2002 - 05:42 AM

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He can't believe Russell took it so badly. It was all very sinister the way he was led into a small room and Russell was there waiting for him. Malcolm said it felt like something out of Gladiator."

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Posted February 26 2002 - 06:12 AM

Sounds like Russell needs some anger management classes, after all, it's only Hollywood. It's only a poem Russ, nothing more, nothing less......

Maybe Russell needs to change his name to something better suited to fit, like, Harry P. Ness.


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Posted February 26 2002 - 06:18 AM

There's something about that IMDB article that doesn't ring right. From the Variety club's press release:

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Russell Crowe receives top Variety Club honour

On Thursday 21 February, film idol Russell Crowe received a Silver Heart from the Variety Club Children's Charity at a premiere of his new film, A Beautiful Mind at the Everyman Cinema, Hampstead. A Question and Answer session, conducted by Jonathan Ross, followed the show.

Russell Crowe chose the Variety Club as the charity to benefit from the screening because of its outstanding work for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the country.

Previous recipients of Silver Hearts include Michael Caine, Joan Collins and Roger Moore.

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Posted February 26 2002 - 06:35 AM

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I doubt very much that the press release would mention such an uncomfortable and embarassing incident. That doesn't mean it didn't happen. The IMDB article states that "afterwards he behaved brilliantly", which sounds like he accepted it after the initial outburst. So no real conflict.

#17 of 131 MickeS

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Posted February 26 2002 - 07:01 AM

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"I don't give a f*** who you are. Who on earth had the f***ing audacity to take out the Best Actor's poem? You f***ing piece of shit, I'll make sure you never work in Hollywood."

Classy. I hope it's not true.

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Posted February 26 2002 - 07:43 AM

So is the IMDB article correct, or are they completely misquoting and interpreting things, as news people constantly do. Seems like from what some of the posts from Robert and Edwin put up, that this may be a complete lie. Is there any direct confirmation that this happened, or is IMDB just looking for a juicy news story?

#19 of 131 Adam Lenhardt

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Posted February 26 2002 - 07:46 AM

Who cares what these people say? They're paid for their acting ability, not brains or social graces. I mean look at Sean Penn. He's an obnoxious ignorant ass in real life, but he's a pretty damn good actor.

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Posted February 26 2002 - 08:30 AM

these "news" reports sound as if they were taken straight from the National Enquirer. Don't believe everything you read on the internet. wait...

"Russell Crowe caught in a bizarre sex scandal with Meg Ryan and an Australian sheep dog! 'I thought Mystery, Alaska sucked,' one shocked observer noted. 'That movie has nothing on Crowe!'"

You may now enable your critical thinking skills.


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