According to reports, Russell Crowe performed some concerts with his new band The Ordinary Fear Of God in New Zealand last year, but enraged locals after breaking strict no smoking rules by puffing away on cigarettes for much of the shows. Enraged? Frankly, anything that cuts down on the time that Russell Crowe actually spends singing is just peachy with us.
Seeing as how acting is pretty much just dressing up and pretending
to be someone else, it’s not surprising that most actors have a more
serious sideline. George Clooney builds casinos, for instance, and Russell Crowe is no different. Crowe has two sidelines, in fact: throwing telephones into the faces of confused hotel workers
and singing in a band. So far, Russell Crowe has been told off for one
of these sidelines, but has inexplicably managed to avoid punishment for the other.
Until now, that is – Russell Crowe is in trouble with authorities in
New Zealand for smoking during a concert by his band The Ordinary Fear
Of God. New Zealand has very strict rules about smoking in indoor
concert venues, you see. According to the New Zealand Herald, Russell Crowe was
told at least once during the concerts to put out his cigarettes, but
refused. And New Zealanders are up in arms about it. Well, Becky Freeman,
Director of Action and Smoking On Health, is at least. She told the paper:
he’s above the law just because he’s a celebrity or something? Just
because you’re Russell Crowe doesn’t mean you can do whatever you like."
New Zealand Ministry Of Health has launched an investigation in the
event, although Russell Crowe will probably avoid disciplinary action,
as the Ministry usually holds individual venues responsible rather the
Regardless of the outcome of this investigation, Russell Crowe should watch his smoking. As well as potentially harming his unborn baby,
it could also wreck his voice – which would mean that he would never be
able to perform songs like the one giving his side of the phone-throwing incident,
"Front page cries the prince must die, he’s the devil in
disguise… How’d I get to be the worst in the world? How’d I get to be
the worst in the world? The worst in the world."
That one’s called Worst In The World, by the way.
[story by Stuart Heritage]