Tuesday, June 07, 2005


R. Crowe - pompous, self-righteous ass? You decide.

Russell Crowe has been trading insults with George Clooney over his appearance in several advertisements. Apparently, Russell thinks that a true artiste should not stoop to product endorsement (although phone-throwing is quite acceptable).

According to msnbc:

The two have had a verbal battle going on since Crowe attacked Clooney and some other stars for cashing in on their fame by appearing in ads; Clooney fired back that Crowe cashes in on his fame with his rock band. “An endorsement for products is about money. My music is from the heart,” Crowe said, reports Australia’s Northern Territory News. “But what I enjoyed, greatly, is nobody seemed to get the irony that one major franchise in George Clooney’s life is based on the work of Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin [Clooney’s remake of ‘Ocean’s 11’]. Sammy, Frank and Dean were entertainers in a real sense. And Clooney climbed over their bones in order to enable him to pick up an endorsement for suits.”

The real irony? The stars to whom Crowe unfavorably compares Clooney did their own share of product endorsement, as did most stars of that era. And some of the products were a lot less benign than suits.

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