John Oliver Reveals Reason He Paid $7000 For Russell Crowe's Leather Jockstrap

Along with that piece the HBO show also bought a pair of shorts and robe from the 2005 boxing film 'Cinderella Man.' Also purchased was a hood Crowe wore in 'Robin Hood' and a vest he wore in 'Les Misérables,' among other

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The British star, who said he'd got a bit carried away with the online shopping, later admitted that he was going to give the entire collection to the last remaining Blockbuster in Anchorage.

The other three are all located in Alaska, but even there their numbers are dwindling.

Oliver kicked off the fun reveal explaining that a few Blockbusters had survived in Alaska long after they had disappeared in the continental US because of slower streaming services and more expensive rates in that state, but they had slowly died off. On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver confirmed rumors that his show purchased props from Crowe's "The Art of Divorce" auction, where the actor (along with Sotheby's) put a lot of random memorabilia, guitars, and Australian art work Crowe collected over his nine-year marriage up for sale.

So what's the connection to Last Week Tonight?




Oliver suggested that the Blockbuster store could put the items on display as a "fun, movie-themed way" to draw customers and stay in business.

"To the manager of the only remaining Blockbuster in Anchorage, Alaska, all of this s-- is yours", Oliver said. "Just call us in the next 48 hours and we will send this to you".

And it looks like Blockbuster Alaska is game.

Watch the full 16-minutes segment below, but the main takeaway is pretty simple: "We just had a huge chance to reform our tax code and we absolutely blew it", Oliver said.

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