Comedian John Oliver plans to use the jockstrap he bought from Russell Crowe's recent divorce sale to save a video store in Alaska. "You know, buy Russel Crowe's jockstrap and send it to one of the last remaining Blockbusters in Alaska".
Oliver kicked off the fun reveal explaining that a few Blockbusters had survived in Alaska long after they had disappeared in the continental USA because of slower streaming services and more expensive rates in that state, but they had slowly died off. The Sotheby's page featured a number of head-scratchers, though, leaving many to wonder who could possibly afford to pay thousands of dollars for Crowe's jockstrap from Cinderella Man.
"You wake up the next day thinking shit, what did I just buy. we didn't just get a jockstrap, we got a bunch of pointless Russell Crowe memorabilia and I can think of no more fitting place for them to reside than an Alaskan Blockbuster". Even that sentence is absolutely incredible to say out loud.
On Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight, Oliver offered an update on the auction, revealing the jockstrap had sold for $7,000. "I'm sorry", he said, before a pause.
"You know what happens when you start online shopping late at night".
Among the other items bought by Oliver were Crowe's director's chair and Denzel Washington's chair back from the film American Gangster, the vest worn by Crowe in Les Misérables, and his hood from the 2010 film Robin Hood.
This follows news in March that one of the state's Blockbuster's few remaining brick and mortar stores is shutting down. "If we do get it is, it could be very big for business".
Crowe recently auctioned off 200 items of memorabilia from his movie career as part of what he called a "divorce auction" after breaking up with Danielle Spencer.