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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 04/ 1/2009

Gallery of Regrettable Publicity Stills: Russell Crowe

By Liz Kelly

What better day than April 1 to debut a semi-regular-ish new feature: Gallery of Regrettable Publicity Stills, in which we look back at unfortunate photos of the past.

Sure, Russell Crowe's a serious actor with a reputation as, well, a humorless ogre, but once he was a young Aussie actor trying to claw his way into the show biz game. And in the early '90s -- before "L.A. Confidential," before "Master and Commander," before "Gladiator" and well before the Oscar -- Crowe was just another young buck clutching a cross pendant in his teeth while fixing a smoldering gaze into the distance. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time and, considering where he ended up, maybe it wasn't the worst strategy ever.

But, for sheer uncharacteristic cheesiness, I hereby induct Crowe's visage into the Gallery of Regrattable Publicity Stills:


(Crowe image courtesy LimbicNutrition Weblog)

It could be worse. Crowe could, for instance, have once appeared in a Seventh-day Adventist college promo video in which he seems to be picked up by a short shorts-wearing farm hand. (Note: There is no audio on this vid.)

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By Liz Kelly  | April 1, 2009; 10:12 AM ET
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Comments

Oh my, that is regrettable. If the chain weren't in his mouth it might have been ok.

Posted by: petalceleb | April 1, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

at least he's not making out with him self in a mirror...

Posted by: spg2 | April 1, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

That college promo looks like a cheesy Aussie knock-off of "Brokeback Mountain."

Posted by: mdreader01 | April 1, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The video looks like an outtake from "Mad Max Goes Homeschooling."

Posted by: byoolin1 | April 1, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he was trying to help fellow Aussie Mel Gibson recruit converts?

Posted by: northgs | April 1, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Russell used to collect and wear crucifix and cross pendants. Maybe he still does, I don't know. Fans even GAVE them to him as gifts. Whether his hobby was a wise one is another matter, but the cross in this photo was his own. He was wearing it. It WASN'T a prop.

Posted by: kokopuff | April 1, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Uh kokopuff, whether it was his necklace or not I think the main issue is the positioning of the chain in his mouth being super cheesy, not just the fact that he's wearing it.

Liz, I totally love this new segment and look forward to future pics!

Posted by: sjcpeach | April 1, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, man, that is great. Terrible and great. I look forward to future installations too! I think this is going to be like paging back through the junior high school yearbook. Thank God I'm not famous and I can still afford to buy off my friends from that period.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | April 1, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Dental floss for the Gifted & Talented.

Posted by: jezebel3 | April 1, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Dental floss for the Gifted & Talented.

Posted by: jezebel3 | April 1, 2009 2:03 PM

Or for the holier-than-thou.

Posted by: northgs | April 1, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Dental floss for the Gifted & Talented.
Posted by: jezebel3 | April 1, 2009 2:03 PM

Or for the holier-than-thou.
Posted by: northgs | April 1, 2009 2:50 PM
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If Russ uses chains as dental floss, his teeth would be holier than thou.

Posted by: mdreader01 | April 1, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

If Russ uses chains as dental floss, his teeth would be holier than thou.

Posted by: mdreader01 | April 1, 2009 3:06 PM

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Holier than Courtney Love?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | April 1, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

If Russ uses chains as dental floss, his teeth would be holier than thou.

Posted by: mdreader01 | April 1, 2009 3:06 PM

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Holier than Courtney Love?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | April 1, 2009 4:47 PM
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Holier than Amy Winehouse!

Posted by: mdreader01 | April 1, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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