High in the sky, Crowe's UFO hijinks cause a stir
Russell Crowe had a bit of fun on Twitter yesterday after releasing footage that he claimed was a UFO, four years after it was taken by a cinematographer friend.
The images, purportedly taken over Sydney's Botanic Gardens, have been picked up by hundreds of news outlets all over the world.
The actor released the footage ahead of the release of his film Broken City today. But no one can explain why - although his publicity representative Grant Vandenberg admits Crowe is getting plenty of attention as a result.
Russell Crowe at this year's AACTA Awards in Sydney.
"Yes, he tweeted it yesterday - and he has got a movie being released today," he said.
The Oscar winner claimed he saw a UFO and posted the three time-lapse photographs as an extended film clip on YouTube.
"These are real!" Crowe writes in the introduction to the clip, which shows a series of flashes of red light, seemingly in mid-air.
Crowe's office on Woolloomooloo Wharf faces Woolloomooloo Bay and a section of the Royal Botanic Gardens. He said he set up the camera to get shots of fruit bats in the gardens, and dismissed suggestions the light was the flash from his camera.
Asked on Twitter to post the original photos, Crowe replied: "That is the original photo's you egg beater [sic]."
Luckily for that Twitter follower, there were no telephones nearby.
On YouTube, the clip, posted by Crowe's account "ParallelUniverse1234", has drawn a mixed response, with suggestions of a hoax or that the lights had come from a yacht in the bay.
Crowe may or may not have been listening to Australian band Sneaky Sound System's song UFO: "I saw a UFO but nobody believes me."
The fact that his latest drama, Broken City, has nothing to do with UFOs has made the extraterrestial claim all the more unbelievable. Broken City depicts Crowe in a tense marital situation with Catherine Zeta-Jones.
"But neither has Les Miserables and that's just taken $400 million at the box office," Vandenberg said in defense of the tweet.
Crowe was making light of the whole thing on Twitter today, retweeting comical images by fans - and clearly having a laugh at the fuss it has caused.
- with AAP