Why John Oliver Paid $7000 for Russell Crowe's Leather Cinderella Man Jockstrap

John Oliver Bought Russell Crowe's Jockstrap for Alaska's Last Blockbuster Video

The British star, who said he'd got a bit carried away with the online shopping, later admitted that he was going to give the entire collection to the last remaining Blockbuster in Anchorage. When the Last Week Tonight host found out about the actor's "Art of Divorce" auction-an irreverent but very real memorabilia sale-he was naturally thrilled.

The segment was proceeded by a odd but fascinating short bit on the last remaining Blockbuster video stores in the country - mostly located in Alaska where internet for streaming is sparse.

"I will admit, it does sound like something that we would do", Oliver said Sunday. "I'm sorry it wasn't us, we didn't buy it..." before he immediately added: "We did, we absolutely did!"


Oliver's Last Week Tonight has offered several movie props, including the jockstrap Russell Crowe wore in Cinderella Man, which the show recently purchased at auction for $7,000. The winnings also included the set chairs of Crowe (and, for some reason, Denzel Washington) from their time on American Gangster, as well as the vest Crowe wore in the film Les Miserables, and a hood Crowe wore in Robin Hood. Because streaming services are extra expensive in Alaska, Blockbuster still reigns there, and Oliver promised that if Alaska's remaining Blockbuster contacted the show, they'd be able to display Crowe's memorabilia there.

As of this filing on Monday morning, it is not clear if the store has been in touch with Oliver.

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