We could all do with a lesson from actor Russell Crowe this holiday. When in doubt, go with humble. It works every time. The way Crowe reacted when he got lost in Long Island Sound and had to be rescued by members of the US Coast Guard certainly helps put him back on my list of actors I'd like to watch.
The New Zealand-born actor grabbed a Golden Globe nomination back in the 2003 for playing a sea captain in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. But Crowe was a little out of his depths with a kayak in the waters of Huntington Bay Saturday evening.
According to the Coast Guard's report, Crowe and a pal were thrown off as it got dark, and they ended up beaching their kayaks. When a patrolling boat came through later that night, the actor yelled out to the sailors, and the two kayakers were able to paddle out to the boat, then hitch a ride to the harbor.
Considering Crowe's rather, shall we say cranky, reputation, finding him out there must have been a little nervewracking for the Coast Guard. It's kind of like dealing with a bear: whatever you do, do not poke it!
To his credit, Crowe comes out smelling like roses on this one.
The Coast Guard is trying to downplay the whole thing, saying they weren't really "rescuing" Crowe so much as helping him out. But I have to say I was pleased to see that the actor immediately took to Twitter to thank the men in uniform for saving his famous rear end:
Kayak;Cold Spring/Huntington Harbour, thanks to Seth and the boys from the US Coast Guard for guiding the way...4 hrs 30 mins, 7m(11.2km)
Considering I still think of Crowe as the "telephone-throwing guy" who got so pissed off at a hotel concierge that he actually threw a phone at him, it's not exactly what I expected. Granted that debacle was seven years ago, but I was brought up to believe that you can tell the measure of a man (or woman) by the way they treat servicepeople. If you're nasty to the waitress, if you're demanding with the hotel staff ... you're probably a jerk all the way around.
But a simple thank you from Crowe for the guys who rescued him is exactly what he needed to share with us. It shows humility. It shows graciousness. It shows enough humanity to make me consider going to see his next movie ... which is, ironically, one all about the open water: Crowe is in the middle of filming the biblical epic Noah! I hope he is a little better with arks than kayaks.
What have you thought of Russell Crowe since his little telephone throwing incident? Does this make him seem a little nicer?
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