John Oliver Helps Save Alaska's Last Blockbuster with Russell Crowe's Jockstrap

John Oliver Helps Save Alaska's Last Blockbuster with Russell Crowe's Jockstrap

John Oliver is now the proud owner of a leather jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe, after the Last Week Tonight host went on a bit of a late night spending spree during the actor's weird divorce auction last weekend.

He made a call out on the show directed at the Debarr Blockbuster's management, giving them 48 hours to get in touch with Last Week Tonight producers, in order to claim the Crowe merchandise.

"[It was] a big price to pay just to find out what Russell Crowe's balls smelled like in 2005", Oliver joked.

The show also bought the named seat backs used by Crowe and Denzel Washington on the set of American Gangster, the vest Crowe wore in Les Miserables, the hood he wore in Robin Hood, and a satin robe and shorts also worn in Cinderella Man.

John Oliver reveals some of the "pointless stuff" he bought at Russell Crowe's divorce auction.

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The prankster revealed he spent $7,000 on the odd memorabilia item during his weekly show Last Week Tonight on Sunday and explained he was sending it to a Blockbuster store in Anchorage, hoping the interest will keep the place open. Even that sentence is absolutely incredible to say out loud. "I'm sorry", he said, before a pause. Yes, that really happened - and it was only the start of their late-night spending spree.

"I put it in the collection as a piece of whimsy and a bit of a gag", Crowe tells Good Morning Britain, according to People.

"People have been calling and coming in, wanting to know when it will all be here", he said.

A few weeks ago on his show, Oliver had noted the actor was about to hold an The Art of Divorce auction to celebrate the end of his marriage, putting up for bidding various artifacts from his movie career.

Despite this, there are still four privately owned Blockbuster's alive and kicking today, Three of those were in Alaska and Oliver decided that he wanted to help bring in business to their store.

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