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Monday, June 06, 2005

I'm shocked, shocked!

Less than a week ago, Russell Crowe vowed that his brawling days were behind him:
Actor Russell Crowe, known for bar brawls, said he never wants to fight again -- a lesson he learned filming the boxing flick "Cinderella Man." Crowe said three months of getting punched while portraying former U.S. heavyweight boxer James Braddock helped change his view. "I don't want to get myself into a violent situation ever again," Crowe told the London Daily Mirror in an exclusive interview. "I've seen its effect. I've felt its effect. "What I took away from filming 'Cinderella Man' is realizing that getting punched in the head is stupid. It's not something I ever want to do again," Crowe said.
Whoa, not so fast, Maximus. You see, the Aussie tough guy got a shiny set of stainless-steel bracelets this morning, for about the 20,000th time:
Russell Crowe was arrested Monday morning for allegedly throwing a telephone at an employee of the Manhattan hotel where he was staying, police said. Crowe, 41, who plays a boxer in his latest film, "Cinderella Man," threw the phone at the Mercer Hotel employee, striking him in the face, during an argument at around 4:20 a.m., said police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wysokowski. The Australian movie star was taken into custody, fingerprinted and charged with second-degree assault, said police Lieutenant Eugene Whyte.
In all fairness, maybe Crowe stuck to his promise. Lobbing a phone into someone's grill doesn't really count as a fight. Technically, it's a second-degree assault. Nice one, Russ. That'll teach the room-service guy not to run out of whiskey at 4:00 in the morning.

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