Russell Crowe: Michael Jackson Used to Prank Call Me

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Russell Crowe: Michael Jackson Used to Prank Call Me

Actor says that the King of Pop trolled him for two years.

Published March 31, 2015

Russell Crowe may not be the biggest fan of Michael Jackson considering his history with the pop icon. While being profiled by The Guardian, the Noah actor highlighted a few experiences he had where the King of Pop would randomly prank call him.


"For two or three f*****g years," he said of the constant nuisance calls. "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 [and] do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know."

Explaining the way in which the "Man in the Mirror" singer would carry out the pranks, Crowe said that it was like being tricked by a child: "'Is Mr. Wall there? Is Mrs. Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what's holding the roof up? Ha ha,'" he said Jackson would say. "You're supposed to grow out of doing that, right?"

This is not the first time that Crowe has spoken out about Jackson's prankster antics. Back in 2013, he shared another joke that the legend would call him with: "He'd ring me and in a strong voice and say, 'There is an emergency and you need to leave the building,'" he said. "I'd ask, 'Who is this?' And he'd say, 'Do not worry Russell, just kidding, this is Michael."

For years prior to his passing, Jackson was infamous for his child-like demeanor, with some even deeming him a "manchild." This behavior quickly became a notable part of his legacy. is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Moriba Cummings


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