Angry at the mistreament of Russell Crowe

There is a funny article in today's Sydney Morning Herald detailing a journalist's brief flirtation with being Russell Crowe's stooge. The writer, Jack Marx, was approached by Rusty to essentially generate good publicity – be his "mole" in the media. It didn't go flawlessly and now Marx is telling his version of what happened. I think it's funny for what it reveals about both Crowe and the writer.

After reading it, I have to admit I thought it was a bit rich that a "journalist" was worrying about the morality of a situation. I put journalist in quotes because, really, the guy's an entertainment writer. Journalists have questionable enough ethics but showbiz gossip should be about fun, not deep moral issues. Read it for yourself, but my take is the writer really screwed up. This was a golden opportunity. Any job I have ever had essentially involved prostituting myself – taking money from someone to do something I'd rather not be doing.

I probably have this worse than many being a contractor. I jump from job to job chasing dollars – job fulfillment would be nice but most of my focus is simply on getting the next job. I have joked with other contractors before that we should just put "prostitute" on our tax returns to describe our work. We always need pimps; most employers will only deal with agencies rather than hire you directly, so the best we can hope for is a high-class madam like Heidi Fleiss who gives you nice surroundings rather than a street corner pimp who will smack you upside the head at regular intervals.

So yeah, I'd pimp myself out to Russell Crowe in a second. In fact, I've already put the plan in motion: I'm going to periodically say good things about Russell Crowe on the off chance my blog gets popular enough that he would pay me to promote him. That way, when I start taking payoffs, nobody will know the difference. This is almost wandering into urban legend territory – I'm creating the story that I'd be willing to shill for Russell Crowe in the future but I'll start being positive now so nobody can accuse me of selling out in the future. So how would you know in the future is I was being paid because I started writing positive stories about Crowe now? Indeed, how do you know I'm not already on his payroll and this is the start of an elaborate smokescreen?

Have I fucked with your head enough yet?

It's an easy choice to make because he'd be way better than most bosses I've had and the pay and the perks would be good (pretending to be friends with Hollywood stars? Hell yeah!) Besides, I think he is a good actor and I can respect that. So he's not nice to people in public, boo-fucking-hoo. He doesn't want you to like him, he doesn't want to be your friend, he wants you to respect his acting.

And he has been hard done by. That dickhead concierge that he threw a phone at deserved way worse. A self-important prick who is supposed to be helping people getting all uppity and copping an attitude with a star to prove what a wicked attitude he has? Get real you wanker, people paying a fortune to stay in your fucking hotel have a right to get pissed off when you cop an attitude. If I was Rusty I would have paid to have somebody whack you. You got off lucky.

And the bullshit that is the Academy Awards. Crowe deserved an Oscar for Gladiator – seriously, how hard was it to get people to take the whole swords and sandals genre seriously? The downside is he's indirectly responsible for the cavalcade of shit that followed like Troy, King Arthur, Kingdom of Heaven and Alexander. Then he got totally ripped off when he was nominated for "A Beautiful Mind". I think we all know that the Academy Awards are not really about talent, it's all politics, but the campaign against him that year blew my mind.

Competing films ran a campaign against "A beautiful Mind" saying people shouldn't vote for Rusty as best actor because in real life, the guy he portrayed (who was batshit crazy) said anti-semetic things and cheated on his wife and the film ignored this. If that sort of shit is important, why is the awards called "Best Actor" and not "Best actor portraying a character of whom I approve and in a way that conforms to my worldview"?

This is how Orson Welles got screwed on "Citizen Kane" too. It's all about politics, not talent. "Citizen Kane" is easily one of the best films made in Hollywood but was snubbed at the Oscars because Welles pissed off the wrong people (Hearst and his Hollywood suck-ups). That's right, it's out there – I said it. Russell Crowe is a creative genius on par with Orson Welles.

Now prove I got paid to say that.

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12 responses to “Angry at the mistreament of Russell Crowe

  1. Capri

    He was just fired from Baz Luhrmann’s new movie and replaced with heath Ledger. 😆

  2. Scandalous lies! He realised the project was below his artistic standards and so passed it on to a lesser performer.

  3. Lol. Russel Crowe- who could possibly say he wasn’t an Aussie? Yes, I throw things at people’s heads when they piss me off, I rag on people 24/7, and I dress up in sandals all the time….

  4. Isn’t every fucking thing about politics? Damn

    When you get to be THE FAMOUS MR. ANGRY, I’m gonna be your pimp. And I’ll slap anybody around that don’t like YOU!

  5. WTF, i adore Russel Crowen he’s one of those Hollywood guys i’m crazy about! tsk tsk this is bad business!

    i’ll back you up Sandra, i’ll be holding a shotgun pointed at anybody who decides to bad mouth against Mr. Angry!(shotgun pointed esp. at their BIG mouths!)

  6. EmilyT

    “he doesn’t want to be your friend,”

    He does have friends, just not scum like Marx. RC usually is an excellent judge of character. He looks you right in the eye and rarely forgets a name. But this time he just made a mistake here with this guy who only pretended he was interested in doing PR for Crowe in order to get access into his private life.

  7. happychick: yes, he’s so easy to identify with

    Sandra & Mayang: this is where I have an advantage over RC, he has to go looking for a crew after being famous while I’m assembling my crew before I get famous

    Emily: at the end of the day Marx gets a little more attention and RC keeps everything he’s already got. I don’t think Rusty will be too worried.

  8. REVEALOR

    The real Jack Marx
    I managed a small band about to sign a major record deal many years ago in Sydney Australia. Just before it was about to happen one JACK MARX a part time reviewer for the free music mag “ON THE STREET” wrote a scathing, nasty and reprehensible live review, stating that the band were stooges for EMI and set up as street credible. Nothing could have been further from the truth, they were hard working country boys who had played together since early school years. The record company ran a mile and the band never got the chance to release their music. We later found out that MARX had been offended at the gig he reviewed when the singer was paid too much attention from some girl he had fancied on the night, hence a jealous and low act of revenge followed. Not long after that the ferret left to work for the Melbourne TRUTH, a grubby little X rated paper specialising in sex and dirt, right up his alley.
    I think MARX has got everything he deserves but be very wary of his confessions to truth, this guy is a certified liar and weasel.
    Good night and good luck.

  9. I like marx got offered money to. Not of course for the same reason. I knocked the money back to. But a good time was had by all. He has a lot of good points, so leave poor russell alone

  10. Leave russell alone? Hell, I’m his guy! I’m willing to do everything marx wouldn’t.

  11. kellie

    Looks like some one is on the take. Hell its your call dude.

  12. I *wish* I was on the take – nobody will offer me any damn money to do anything. Helloooo people of wealth and influence: I’d sell me sould for a remarkably small amount of money!.. Make me an offer.

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