Russell Crowe Answers the Web’s Most Searched Questions | WIRED

published on July 2, 2020

– What is Russell Crowe?

[upbeat music]

What is Rusell Crowe?

Excuse me, I'm just,

that's gonna take some
time for me to think about

Hello, I'm Russell Crowe and today

I'm taking the wired
auto complete interview

Who is Russell Crowe?

I've been Wondering that a long time

Who does Russell Crowe look like?

Well, I've got good
authority that Russell Crowe

looks like Mrs Crowe's son very, very,

I mean, so close

It's real crazy, actually

Who Russell Crowe knitting?

I know what this refers to

For many, many years, people
in the knitting fraternity

have tried to enjoy me
in their soft bosom

And it comes from a photo shoot I did

in Los Angeles in the early 90s

It was kind of a tedious shoot

and the dude had taken forever,
the setting up, you know

as they do, and then it was kind of like,

what are we gonna do?

We'd take a shot sitting over there,

shot sitting over there

Then in one point there was a ball of wool

and some knitting needles

So I did the half a dozen dozen shots

like that, and they went out
in that particular magazine,

and they've been used over and over,

even though I'm kind of holding

the knitting needles
incorrectly, that's messed up

People like to make the
association that I'm a knitter

So it's been in continuous
use now for some, you know,

close on 30 years as a concept

And here is the grand irony

When I was a child, I did knit

My mother showed me the skill

So that's how I know I was
using the needles incorrectly

What is Russell Crowe doing now?

Well, currently, I'm doing this interview

but in a broader sense,
in isolation on the farm

in Northern New South Wales

What am I doing now?

I'm getting up really
early in the morning

I start by doing stuff on email

and then when the sun's
up, we've been going out

and digging up some
fields, fertilizing them

and reseeding them,

but I'm writing songs
and I'm writing scripts

and it seems that I've actually

been practicing self isolation

for the best part of the last 30 years

and I'm quite good at it

What band was Russell Crowe in?

It's a long answer to this
because my first record came out

in 1981

Not came out, it came out in 82

I was still a teenager, I had

a performance with Pseudonym,

but after that, all right, let's see,

go back the first bands to Profile

and then I was in a band by
the name of that Pseudonym,

then I was in a band called Roman Antix

And then for 20 something years,

I was in a band called 30 Odd Foot Grunts

Then after 30 Odd Foot
Grants disbanded in 2003,

I was in a band called
The Ordinary Fear of God

I've been collaborating with a fellow

called Allan Doyle on
songwriting since 2004

Our current project is called
IGP, Indoor Garden Party,

and it refers to in New
Finland, which is where

Allan comes from, they
have kitchen parties

and it's an incredible
cultural experience

A guitar will be brought out

and it will be basically
passed around the room

like a talking stick

And every single person
in the room has a song

It's kinda like a piss take
for me on the weather pattern

in new Finland, you know, because

Allan at one point in time said to me,

that we also have garden parties,

and I'm looking at the
weather in New Finland,

and I thought it would be better to have

that garden party inside


what did I win an Oscar for?

I won the Oscar for the feature film


directed by Ridley Scott

I think the ceremony was
2001 but it's the 2000 Oscar

My zodiac sign?

My zodiac sign is Aries,
but in Chinese astrology

My sign is a dragon

And if you put the two together,

my primal astrological sign,
is a Tyrannosaurus Rex

How about that

Now what car do I drive?

Currently my car is a Mercedes s600, V 12,

bit of a banger

Know what I'm saying?

Yeah, about 560 ,70 odd British horsepower

at my disposal to travel
50 kilometers an hour

Where am I from?

I was born in New Zealand
in the city of Wellington,

but my parents migrated to Australia

when I was four years old in 1968

And I've lived the majority
of my life in Australia

since then, except for
a seven year period,

where my family returned to New Zealand

when I was a teenager

Where's my Oscar?

Reminds me of a funny story
that Al Pacino told me

He won the Oscar for
Scent of Woman, was it?

I'm not sure and at the
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,

you get into an elevator
and go from, you know,

the stage level up to
where the press gallery is

and so people are packed into
this elevator like sardines

and an Al just looks down and
he realizes that, you know,

he's carrying his award in his hand

just naturally at his side,

but the head of the Oscar has actually

slipped between the cheeks
and the diaphanous dress

of the young lady who's
standing in front of him

And so Al thinking he was
doing the right thing,

lent forward and whispered in her ear,

that's not me, that's my Oscar

Al can tell a good story, I'll you that

Is Russell Crowe British?

Well, no born in New
Zealand, lived in Australia,

but do have Welsh, Scottish
and English and Irish

in the background, but also

Norwegian, Italian and Maori

Is Russell Crowe Leeds United fan?

Yes, I am

The English soccer team that
I follow is Leeds United,

currently not in the premiership,

haven't been for quite some time

And that is a sensitive subject

Am I left handed?

No, I am not left handed

Am I a nice guy?

Probably not

Am I Russell Crowe related to Sheryl Crow?

No, and that that should be
obvious with the spelling

But also, I saw Sheryl Crow in the foyer

of a hotel and people had been
making that joke for so long

I just went up to and said, hi,
we're supposed to be married

and thinking I was being
charming and you know,

apparently it wasn't

Didn't go down very well

How did Russell Crowe become Roger Ailes?

Substantial amount of
prosthetic makeup, and very long

and arduous thing to face every workday,

the fella that did that
make up Adrian Morrow,

is a fantastic artist

So oddly, you would talk about
that biz being a torturous

experience and really,

the thought of it was and
doing it every day was

but he just made it very cool

And we got through it very easily

How old was Russell Crowe in Gladiator?

20 years ago today, not today

20 years ago this year,
Gladiator came out

We shot it 1999 so I
was 35 when we shot it,

and 36 when it came out

What is Russell Crowe?

What is Russell Crowe?

Excuse me, I'm just,
it's gonna take some time

for me to think about

I'll text you an answer
or something, okay

What color are my eyes?

Well, they're very light and
they take light very well

Normally, they're
actually sort of a greeny,

hazelly sort of thing

But in many movies,
they'll appear to be blue

depends on what I'm wearing

And there has been times
when I've been at customs

traveling internationally where
the guy's looking at my face

and looking at what it
says on the piece of paper

and the two things didn't match

What school did Russell Crowe go to?

Well, I went to many,
ended up going to I think

five primary schools
and three high schools,

mainly just because my
parents moved around a lot

What is my height?

I'm what we call in Australia,
Collingwood six footer,

I'm five foot 11 and a half and a bit,

so just shy of six foot

A Collingwood six foot, that
refers to a Australian rules

football team called Collingwood,
who made the Super Bowl

of that particular sport many
many times without winning it,

so possibly you would
call it a Buffalo Bills,

six footer in America

Are Russell Crowe and
Ryan Gosling friends?

Well listen, I tell you what,
I haven't seen him for ages,

but that's the natural
cycle of time with actors,

but that kid, I shouldn't
really call him a kid

But that guy, what an actor

His natural innate timing
is just breathtaking,

when you're performing with him

I'm really good at keeping my
[bleep] together on camera

Doesn't matter if the places burning down,

I'll still keep playing the character

And that's sort of been a
signature part of how I do my job

You know, Ryan Gosling can
make me laugh in a heartbeat,

whatever character
[beep] I'm trying to do,

he can just like a laser
pump through it, and just

just sends me off

And there's lots of footage
of behind the scenes

from nice guys

You know, with the director calling out,

Ryan, please just let him
say the dialogue this time

'cause I'm just pissing
myself with these Ad lips

that he comes up with

So, you know, our
connection is really easy

We get on we talk and I
definitely consider him a mate

if he ever, you know, call me
or whatever needed something,

you know, totally, I'd love
to do a second film with him

So, great actor, good bloke, Ryan Gosling

My latest movie, and it's
coming out on July 1st,

is called Unhinged

Before that I was the
thing on Showtime called

the loudest voice, which you
should see if you haven't

And unhinged, you should definitely see

Do I have siblings?

I have one older brother

His name is Terry

Can I sing?

♪ My duties to the law ♪


Can I ice skate?

I spent many many months on
the skill of ice skating for

a movicol mystery Alaska back in 1998

And I reached the heady heights
of skill and achievement

of that of your average
Canadian seven year old,

though I would never ever
challenge one on the ice

Did I do my own stunts in Gladiator?

Pretty much

That was back when I had tendons,

the good old days

Yeah, I mean, there's,

you know, a part of the functional move,

there's always going to
be people who are there

to do those sort of things for you

But when you're working with
a director, like Ridley,

you got to give him 100% shot, you know

when you get a bit older, and
your body starts to remind you

of all those takes when you
didn't quite get it right?

And I'm not whinging, I am 56

It is what it is

I've used my body in very
extreme ways to make my living

and enjoy my life and
you do come to a point

where you pay for that,

but no regrets in that regard at all

That's the end of our time for today,

and I hope you can find something

special to do for the rest of your day

Goodbye for now

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