Michael Jackson's reputation as a Smooth Criminal has been shattered by Russell Crowe after the 50-year-old actor revealed he knew exactly who was on the end of the line during a bizarre campaign of prank calls from the King of Pop.
In a somewhat off the wall interview with The Guardian, Crowe chain-smokes Benson & Hedges cigarettes while chatting about being threatened by Al-Qaida and what "a pain in the arse" the fame that followed his Oscar win was, but the crowing glory of the interview by far is the Aussie actor's tale about being harassed by Jackson.
Crowe told journalist Alexis Petridis that he was subject to a campaign of repeated nuisance calls from none other than MJ. Crowe explained that he received the calls:
For two or three fucking years. I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn’t matter where I was, he’d ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know. ‘Is Mr Wall there? Is Mrs Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what’s holding the roof up? Ha ha.’ You’re supposed to grow out of doing that, right?
From the last line of Crowe's quote, it's pretty clear that he really had never met Michael Jackson - a man who never grew out of climbing trees, living in a theme park, and Peter Pan.
Although this might all seem far fetched, it's worth mentioning that this isn't the first time that Crowe has mentioned phone line shenanigans. Back in 2013, Russell also spoke out to The Sun and mentioned:
He'd ring me and in a strong voice and say, 'There is an emergency and you need to leave the building.' I'd ask, 'Who is this?' And he'd say, 'Do not worry Russell, just kidding, this is Michael.
This all just raises so many questions that we will never know the answers to! Could Michael Jackson do voices, or did he just think he could do voices?! Why did he choose Russell Crowe as his target and, perhaps most importantly, is this why Crowe threw that hotel phone at a concierge's head?!