Russell Crowe says Michael Jackson used to crank call him.
The brooding hunk has revealed that after he shot to fame in police thriller L.A. Confidential, he gained a series of new celebrity friends. He became good pals with the late singing superstar and the pair shared a similar sense of humour so often played pranks on each other. Jackson would regularly phone Crowe and try to convince him he was in trouble, much to the actor's amusement.
"A gruff voice would say something was wrong, then this tiny little voice said, ‘Don't worry. This is Michael,'" Crowe told GQ magazine.
Crowe went on to reveal Michael, who died last year, often invited him to visit his infamous Neverland ranch, but the 46-year-old Hollywood star failed to take him up on his offer.
Crowe admits he hasn't always been the victim of prank phone calls - he has also made some in the past. When he was shooting L.A. Confidential, the star would leave rude voice mails for James Ellroy, who wrote the book the movie was based on. During one message, Russell left a rhyme for James which said, "Woof-woof, hear the demon dog bark. He's got a 12-inch w**ger and it glows in the dark".
Crowe has been crank calling since his childhood. When he was just ten-years-old he would phone people and try to convince them they had won a fantastic holiday to a remote location in the South Pacific Ocean.
"I'd be pretending to be a radio DJ, telling people they had won a prize. We'd tell them they had won a week in Vanuatu but they had to get there by canoe," he confessed.
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