John Oliver's HBO Show Bought Russell Crowe's 'Cinderella Man' Jockstrap for $7000

Joann Johnston
April 16, 2018

Oliver, the host of the HBO show "Last Week Tonight", said on his program Sunday night that he had purchased what he called "pointless Russell Crowe movie memorabilia" from an auction the actor arranged to celebrate his divorce. Over the course of 16 minutes, Oliver elucidates how last year's tax bill made it so that citizens pay more in taxes than corporations, how corporations have options for paying even less, and how all of this could have been avoided.

Oliver told his audience that he had bought the jockstrap - as well as a vest Crowe wore in Les Miserables and a seat from American Gangster - to donate to the last Blockbuster outlet in Anchorage, Alaska. After introducing the segment with a nostalgia-fueled look back at Blockbuster, during which the show sourced KTUU's reporting, Oliver said he hopes to send the Crowe memorabilia to the Blockboster on Debarr Road.

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"I can think of no more ideal place for them to reside than an Alaskan Blockbuster store", Oliver told the audience. The Blockbuster in tiny North Pole, Alaska just closed its doors this month and another in Anchorage closed in February.

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.

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