Russell Crowe was Jay Leno’s guest Monday on The Tonight Show, and he offered an excellent option for the US bailout plan. He and Leno talked a little about Crowe’s Rugby League team the South Sydney Rabbitohs, and then they got into politics. Only Crowe did it with finesse, charm and humor. Smiling broadly, he told the audience, “Don’t get too excited because you can’t vote for me.” Then he explained his philosophy.
Crowe said when you ask a bank or government department for something, “You know how they never give you everything you want?”
Then he explained a simple plan guaranteed to please any sane American. “Take the first 300 million Americans and give everyone a million bucks.” You have to smile, but once you think hard about it, you’ll get his point. And with Crowe’s plan, we’d do more good for Main Street than the original bailout stopped by level-headed members of both parties in the House.
Crowe has a new movie coming out October 10, ‘Body of Lies.’ It’s a spy thriller and if the movie is as good as the previews, it’ll be worth going to the theater for. Crowe is one of my favorite stars because he’s an artist as opposed to a ‘Tinselati’ like George Clooney who basically plays the same character, just with a different name, in every movie. Crowe becomes the character.
I also notice he's much more at ease, much more engaging on The Tonight Show than when he appears on David Letterman's nightly political tirade. Letterman's really gone brittle in his old age. You can view the whole episode at The Tonight Show website.
Don’t you like Crowe’s bailout idea? I do. And I agree with him on another point he made: “$700 billion. That’s a good chunk of change.”