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Posted at 9:22 AM ET, 11/ 3/2010

Russell Crowe: master, commander, tweeter

By Liz Kelly

Could it be that Russell Crowe -- the same irate man who walked out during a live BBC radio interview earlier this year, reportedly threatened to kill a producer with his bare hands and once beaned a hotel clerk with a phone -- has been misunderstood? Is he actually just an average dude who enjoys American college football and joshing with his fans?

It turns out that Crowe -- who has always given off a bit of a "don't come near me" vibe -- has not only been (as we knew) somewhat tamed by wife Danielle Spencer and his two sons, but now spends a significant portion of his day on Twitter responding to questions from fans, boasting about his love of Michigan football and explaining his shorthand. For instance, "LLD" apparently stands for "Little Lie Down." Which is what he did Monday in Los Angeles before meeting with someone from the L.A. Times.

Crowe follows a hodge-podge of other tweeters, including Anne Rice, Dita Von Teese, the Dalai Lama, Wu Tanger RZA and Ron Howard (his director for both "A Beautiful Mind" and "Cinderella Man").

The heretofore extremely private actor also spends a fair amount of time giving us glimpses of his homelife. Over the weekend, he described Halloween in the Crowe household:

The voting around here (I apparently don't get a vote) is for Star Wars. At least I can be thankful that it's not Sponge Bob Square Pants.


Charlie says " Dad you should be Obi Wan Kenobi because of your beard, but we don't have that costume. Lucky for you Darth Vader has a mask"

Personally, I think he'd make a fabulous Han Solo. But maybe I should tweet that?

By Liz Kelly  | November 3, 2010; 9:22 AM ET
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I'm still trying to figure out what "carrying on like a pork chop" means.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | November 3, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

carry on like a pork chop:

"To make a fuss, to behave in a silly or excited way. This is an elaboration of the standard phrase ‘to carry on’. The pork chop is an Australian addition, and some people suggest that the phrase derives from the fact that frying pork makes an especially loud spitting noise. The Australian phrase may have been influenced by the expression like a pork chop in a synagogue, meaning ‘out of place’ or ‘unpopular’."

Posted by: byoolin1 | November 3, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Man, Aussie english is almost as bad as canadian english.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | November 3, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, byoo, I have been edjimicated. What's the old saying? America and Britain (and Australia and Canada, I suppose) are nations divided by a common language?

Thanks for the link, he's a fun guy to watch.

(and by the by, "like a pork chop in a synagogue" is a delightful phrase that needs to be used more frequently.)

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | November 3, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Man, Aussie english is almost as bad as canadian english.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1


Aw, take off, hoser. If you promise to go lie down on your chesterfield until Victoria Day, I'll get you a two-four so you don't hurt yourself givin' her to get to the Brewer's Retail before closing.

Posted by: byoolin1 | November 3, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, wait. I see what he means.

Posted by: byoolin1 | November 3, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

He tweets so that journalists like yourself start thinking he is just an 'average nice guy' - which he is not since he is obsessed with what other people think about him - and write about it. Thanks for totally falling for his fakery.

Posted by: wpost16 | November 3, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks wpost16. I see I've been foiled again by yet another celeb. In the future I will try to fact check with you before characterizing a particular star as "nice."

Posted by: Liz Kelly | November 3, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow, byoolin, my mother was the only person I ever knew who used the term "chesterfield" to mean a couch (instead of a chest of drawers, or a ciggie). Is that a true-north thang?

And was that you Canadian-talking with the Reliable Source ladies at noontime today?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 3, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"an 'average nice guy' - which he is not since he is obsessed with what other people think about him"

See, I would argue that a man who goes around threatening to force-choke his producers is very much not concerned about what other people think of him. You may be confusing Russell Crowe with Tom Cruise; or, indeed, Russell Crowe with any of the individuals regularly covered in this column, or paper, or by anyone who is ever exposed in the public eye.

Mr. Crowe may remain a loose cannon, but his posts seem to tell a different story. Although to be fair, they haven't yet worked out a way to throw a phone at someone over Twitter.

...I have a new app to design!

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | November 3, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Why thank you, wpost16 , for enlightening all us ignorant and foolish people (92,000 at last count) who may have been following Crowe's tweets and find them unfailingly charming and funny. The phone incident was over 5 years ago, the producer story a joke as that producer went on to collaborate twice more with Crowe. Isn't there a statute of limitations on theses things, as there seems to be for so many other American stars like Halle Berry and Sean Penn?

Posted by: Liz21 | November 6, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

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