Russell Crowe Says He Saw a UFO, But He Didn’t

By Nick Venable | 8 years ago

And now, a shortlist of some of this century’s greatest thinkers: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Phil Plait, Steve Jobs, Richard Dawkins, Russell Crowe. Wait, something about that isn’t right. It’s probably Jobs, who was more of a marketing man.

In the early hours of March 6th, Russell Crowe took to Twitter and YouTube with a video that he claimed was of a UFO he caught on camera outside of his office in Woolloomooloo, New South Wales. He then spent the next few hours defending himself as people with their right mind attached politely debunked the shit out of his “evidence.” Take a look at the tweet below, then watch the video that follows. Hold off on judging him until the aliens slip the probe inside.


Admittedly, if I’d have been the one taking these pictures, I would have certainly bypassed reality to brainstorm a bunch of ludicrous solutions before slowly dipping back down towards groundedness, which probably times out to three hours after the beer and marijuana are gone. But I wouldn’t have put myself out there publicly on Twitter, or even non-publicly on MySpace. I would have sold the pictures to a tabloid under a false name, like Russell Crowe.

Anyone with a beginner’s knowledge of photography knows that Crowe is mistaking “time-lapse” with “long exposure,” which is what this picture exhibits. Beyond that, no amount of photography knowledge can actually tell you what this thing is, so we leave that to the guys at ParaBreakdown.

Just in case you thought it couldn’t get any more moronic, it was then reported that this wasn’t even recorded that day, nor was it Crowe’s footage. It belongs to a friend of his, cinematographer Duane Manwiller, who recorded it four years ago in Sydney. Which makes me think that Crowe is performing in some sort of cinema vérité project that’s using the Internet as promotion. Because otherwise, it’s just a celebrity being weird and stupid. And that never happens.