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March 27, 2001 1:07 PM   Subscribe

"Thanks for the honour. Oh, and for the Oscar too..." Is that an MBE on Russell Crowe's chest? A quick google suggests his grandad received one: dunno the protocol of wearing someone else's medal, but is that the first time an Oscar winner's gone on stage with a British gong?
posted by holgate (15 comments total)

 
"Sunday, 9:10 p.m.: Russell Crowe marches into the interview tent like he's daring somebody to throw the first punch. An Australian reporter calls him mate and asks him how it feels to win an Academy Award. Crowe announces that this process will go a lot smoother for everyone if we ask him questions that he can answer yes or no. But his attitude softens when somebody asks about the red medal that's pinned to his tuxedo jacket. Crowe says it's an M.B.E., which Queen Elizabeth awarded to Crowe's grandfather for his service as a war photographer. It turns out that Russell is just a big softy."
posted by bradlands at 2:26 PM on March 27, 2001


I was going, "What is Russell Crowe doing with a Mail Boxes Etc. on his chest? is it a macho thing or what?"
posted by kindall at 3:13 PM on March 27, 2001


Geez, is Russell Crowe's 15 minutes up soon, please?
posted by rodii at 3:35 PM on March 27, 2001


Muh. The Oscar should be inscribed, "Sorry We Boned You In The Ear Last Time." He certainly deserved it then and not now, but either way, his practiced sullen-macho cool is wearing very thin.
posted by Skot at 3:42 PM on March 27, 2001


Geez, is Russell Crowe's 15 minutes up soon, please?

Better not be - I want somebody to cast him as the lead role in 'Mad Max 4'. :)
posted by obiwanwasabi at 3:53 PM on March 27, 2001


brad: I want to bear your children. thankee.

oh, and rodii: not seen LA Confidential?
posted by holgate at 3:56 PM on March 27, 2001


Why yes, Holgate, I have seen LA Confidential. I've even seen For the Moment. I like Russell Crowe as an actor, I'm just sick of his flavor-of-the-moment status and that Alpha Male, bigger-than-Jesus act.
posted by rodii at 5:08 PM on March 27, 2001


Oh, yeah, definitely. But since when do Oscars go to the right actors, for the right films, in the right year?

And at least it wasn't Tom fucking Hanks again.

(Heh. I even remember the furore in Britain over Romper Stomper.)
posted by holgate at 5:25 PM on March 27, 2001


Holgate, what furore, share damn it, share.
Romper Stomper is still Crowe's best movie.
posted by Zool at 6:42 PM on March 27, 2001


Oh, standard fare: controversy while it was being considered for a certificate, finally received an "18" after the typical middle-market newspaper campaigns against "this filth", various local councils refused permission for cinemas to show it.

It got its first UK television showing -- on Channel 4's cable film channel -- last week, as part of a season of censored films. (Even now, you can't get Natural Born Killers on video here, for a number of reasons.)
posted by holgate at 7:46 PM on March 27, 2001


Wow, i thought Australia was bad, looks like the UK have much harsher censhorship.
posted by Zool at 10:19 PM on March 27, 2001


OT: Zool? Or what?
posted by holloway at 2:49 AM on March 28, 2001


I never saw an answer. Is it inappropriate to wear an M.B.E. if you haven't been presented the award yourself. U.K. etiquette police, sound off!
posted by darren at 6:08 AM on March 28, 2001


If you're hating Russell, you can always dig up Virtuosity and Cool World for a laugh. The man's patterning his career after Mel Gibson. And, like Mel, his time will be up in about six years or so.
posted by ed at 7:52 AM on March 28, 2001


Is it inappropriate to wear an M.B.E. if you haven't been presented the award yourself.

See, that's what puzzles me. I've never seen anyone wear an MBE before: obviously, they have the ribbon etc, but when they're presented, you normally see the recipient showing of the medal in its box. And as for wearing another person's medal: well, I'm sure the Queen will let him off with a warning this time.
posted by holgate at 9:31 AM on March 28, 2001


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