My opinion on Russell Crowe has never been a very strong one.
My first recollection of his presence on Earth might have been that one movie where he was nakedish for quite a bit of it. I remember arms. I think he died in it? I don’t know. Meh or whatever.
Then I saw him in A Beautiful Mind and he played the role so brilliantly that I don’t really remember much about Russell Crowe, but I remember everything about the man he portrayed.
Then he like whipped a phone at Naomi Campbell’s head or something? Wait. No. Maybe both he and Naomi Campbell whipped separate phones at separate people and in separate phone-whipping incidents? Or something? Meh. Throwing phones is stupid unless you’re throwing them at pigeons, then my God, I hope there’s an app for that.
But now that Russell Crowe has been a guest of Pittsburgh’s for a bit, and has yet to have been found to call us Shitsburghers and has yet to whip a phone at any Burgher’s head and has gone on the news channels to say how much he digs the city, that’s well and good. It’s easy to be kind in front of the camera. And despite what Sienna Miller will have you believe, it’s actually quite easy to keep your fat mouth shut instead of insulting people (says the girl who has branded Ben Roethlisberger “The Duke of Fug and the Earl of Gross.”)
However, the day I read that Russell Crowe did this, as was also reported in PG+ (pronounced pe-giml nokh in Yiddish), that’s the day the “meh” was replaced with the “Bam!”
Saturday night at a birthday party at a house that’s part of the Landslide Community Farm in Pittsburgh, a young street musician was sitting next to a ukulele and a small banjo case in the living room. I’d seen him playing at a previous anti-authoritarian event. He’s most noticeable for kicking an old suitcase for percussions as he plays, sings and dances. He told the story how earlier in the day, he’d been to Pittsburgh Guitars store on the Southside, and was allowed to try out an old four-string banjo that was made in the 1930s. It had a nice sound. The store was a little busy as it approached closing time. A salesperson asked if he planned to buy the banjo. He replied that he couldn’t since he only had about $100 to last him until Christmas. He then hung the banjo back on the wall and went outside, where he was hanging out and talking to some friends. A store person came out and put the banjo and case in front of him. He was baffled until the store clerk explained. The actor Russell Crowe, who is in town making a movie, was in the store, heard the discussion about the banjo and bought it for the street musician. He was gone before anyone could say ‘thank you.”