Russell Crowe on why he uses Twitter – he’s bored

Russell talks about Twitter at 3:20 in

Russell Crowe was on The Today Show this morning promoting his new thriller The Next Three Days, with Elizabeth Banks. This is actually the first I’ve heard of this film, by director Paul Haggis, and it looks pretty good, although familiar. Spoilers follow that are also in the trailer. They weren’t entirely clear on The Today Show what the film is about, but I looked up the trailer afterwards and Crowe’s wife, played by Banks, gets arrested for a murder she claims she didn’t commit. He then tries to break her out of jail several years later when she becomes suicidal. It has Liam Neeson in it too!

Crowe was good natured and humorous with Matt Lauer, particularly when Lauer said he was surprised that Crowe has been spending so much time on Twitter. I didn’t know that Crowe tweeted either, and like Matt I didn’t think he was the type. Big Russ explained that he’s been a stay-at-home dad while his wife tours with her band and that he’s had some time to kill without the longer stretches that would allow him to be creative. He then added a few obligatory sentences about how it’s cutting edge technology that allows him to talk directly to fans. You know he’s just bored. Russell also said he’d quit coffee and cigarettes – at the same time – and admitted that it took him a couple of months to feel normal again and be able to concentrate.

Russell Crowe, tweeter? That was one question Matt Lauer had during Monday’s interview with the actor on TODAY.

“I’m in this place at the moment where I’m basically being Dad,” said the man behind @RussellCrowe. “I’m at home, my wife’s doing gigs and stuff with her band, she’s promoting a record (‘Calling all Magicians’). I take the boys to school in the morning, I pick them up in the afternoon, and then there’s the bedtime, and stories … I find there’s not a long length of time to get involved with anything creative,” Crowe said.

A recent tweet revealed that Crowe had given up two habits: “Blue Sky in NYC today. Haven’t slept a wink. It’ll make the interviews interesting, no cigs, no coffee and no sleep. Good luck Journalists,” it read. Lauer joked, “Do you realize there was a time when someone like me wouldn’t sit across from you while you’re giving up cigarettes and coffee at the same time?”

“I got cranky for some time,” Crowe conceded.

[From MSNBC]

Russell explained that he had the impetus to quit smoking when he “got caught smoking a cigarette by my eldest boy, Charlie [6]”

This guy is a hell of an actor and I like that he has a few pounds on him lately. Sure you can see a paunch when he’s sitting down, but he’s still sexy as hell – he’s Russell Crowe! I’ll take a guy with some weight on him over a skinny smoker any day. You guys can have Colin Farrell! (Kaiser!) After I saw him chain smoking on the In Bruges DVD extras I was pretty much over him.

Here’s the trailer for The Next Three Days, which has a lot of spoilers as mentioned above:

Russell is shown on 7/27/10 and with his wife, Danielle Spencer, on 5/21/10. Credit: Fame Pictures. Last photo below from 5/15/10. Credit:




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  1. ceenitall says:

    Remember when he was hot….sigh.

  2. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    He still is hot.. yummy! And I am not giving up any of that…

  3. KJ says:

    He seems a lot calmer. Remember when he was hurling hotel phones at people? God, I miss that Russell Crowe. Pure comedy.

  4. malachais says:

    CB- yes! Russell is amazing.

  5. bellaluna says:

    So read a book, Russ.

  6. Dingles says:

    I would be more than happy to cure his boredom.

  7. Eileen says:

    I gotta agree Johnny Depp-he’s still hot!

  8. Janine says:

    Yup, he’s just sexy and manly. He looks good here, he’ll never be Maximus Decimus Meridius again, but that’s fine by me.

  9. Majosha says:

    I can generally count on Russell to make movies that seem worth the obscene price of admission. And for that, I will always be grateful. Definitely count me among his fans for life.

    And isn’t boredom the reason anyone uses Twitter?

  10. Chickie Baby says:

    ::sigh:: I adore Russ. He’s the only one in my world who ranks higher than Gerry Butler, and that’s only because my Russ-Lust was already in high gear long before I discovered the G-Man. Can’t wait for Mr. Crowe’s new flick.

  11. I Choose Me says:

    Love this man. I know he’s an ass-hat sometimes but I can’t help the attraction. Pounds, shmounds, to me he’ll always be hot.

  12. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    LOL when I was reading The Today Show tweets and I saw they tweeted someone named Russell Crowe, I was a tad surprised. I do know that you can put the @ symbol in front of anything so I was thinking that maybe it was a mistake. Wow Russ is really on Twitter. Its crazy. I had NO clue. He is a pretty big star to be using Twitter.

    CB I am with you Colin, he used to could no harm to me when I was young but for me it was his baby mommas turned me off of him. I still like him though.

  13. hairball says:

    This movie might be good, but I have no desire to see anything so depressing.

    I used to think he was gorgeous – he can still have his moments. He’s like the guy in real life you’d find attractive maybe as your neighbor, but to say he’s really attractive – not so much.

  14. Maritza says:

    His wife is pretty, I didn’t know she was in a band. Russell Crowe is looking fat,old and tired.

  15. melissa says:

    Oh for the love of God. Bored?? Get involved! Donate time, talent, treasure! DO something worthwhile! Make a home for your kids when they aren’t in school instead of leaving those duties to the hired help. The world is FULL of opportunities to help/give/lend a hand to others, and his best reaponse is, I’m bored, so I’ll just twitter. Why not call a spade a spade. He’s a TWIT.

  16. hairball says:

    Very good point Melissa.

  17. LindaR says:

    He looks just like my brother-in-law. I can’t stand my brother-in-law.

  18. Crash2GO2 says:

    Nope. Still don’t care for him.

  19. REALIST says:

    Yeech-that first pic is awful!

    Russell Crowe-amazing actor, bad temper, not attractive.

  20. icantbelievethis says:


    LOL, you are saying that while YOU are commenting on a gossip site.

  21. Anti-icon says:

    Russell looks rough. How could he be bored with small children. I want him to be hot….like the old days.

  22. Confuzzle says:

    Wife is a failed soap opera actress who thinks she can sing :lol:

    Yeuch he just gets uglier and uglier.

  23. melissa says:

    LOL guilty as charged ICantBelieveThis, but I do try to contribute more to society than Twitter ;)

  24. icantbelievethis says:

    “LOL guilty as charged ICantBelieveThis, but I do try to contribute more to society than Twitter ”

    Hey, we all have to have our guilty pleasures:)

    I don’t Twitter, tweet, twat, etc. Not sure anyone needs to know what I’m doing in 140 characters:)

  25. Jenn says:

    he need sto sort out this mess with the douche Inglis …… other wise the bunnies will not make the eight AGAIN

  26. Trashaddict says:

    Yo very self-righteous ones, while we are wasting time on Celebitchy, we could be doing public service too! He did say it was shorter stretches of time, none of you ever waited in the carpool line at school?
    Wish Dani would crack a smile once in a while. She looks either super-uptight or very camera-shy.
    Yes, he’s put on weight but he still looks at women like he likes them, and like he likes to kiss them.

  27. Granger says:

    Uh, Crowe never actually used the word “bored” in that interview. He said he’s busy being the stay-at-home dad and doesn’t have a “long length of time” to really wrap himself up in anything else. Nowhere in that did I hear him say he isn’t “doing” anything worthwhile, or that he’s sitting around eating bon bons all day. Yeesh. Read the interview before you pick the guy apart!

  28. DiannSteph says:

    Kaiser has great taste! I think Russell Crowe is still sexy and what makes him even sexier is he’s such a hands on father. You can tell he loves being a Dad!
    He said in an interview his favorite thing to hear is “Dad, Dad…”

    No, I did not make this video. LOL!

  29. Liz says:

    Lousy point, Melissa.
    Read again. He NEVER said he was bored.

  30. Liz says:

    “Wife is a failed soap opera actress who thinks she can sing”

    Oh she can sing, all right.

    You have to wonder at the motives of someone who is BORED enough to make crass remarks about a star’s wife.

  31. Anonimosity says:

    I feel really sorry for this website. It doesn’t know about the existence of the movie called The Next Three Days, it doesn’t know the fact that Russell Crowe is now tweeting. Are u kidding me? Where have u been all this time? Meditating in Lhasa? But at least I agree on one thing. Yes, RUSSELL CROWE IS STILL HOT! One of the best actors of this generation, no doubt.