Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

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

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

Oliver, 40, had been taking a look at the last Blockbuster in Alaska before he mentioned Crowe's recent "The Art of Divorce" auction, which saw the actor sell off an array of artifacts from his career in the wake of his split from ex-wife Danielle. Oliver noted that of the four independently-owned Blockbuster stores left in America, three are located in Alaska.

Oliver showed a clip from a store manager who remarked how tourists often take pictures in front of and inside her store. Numerous items up for sale raised eyebrows, particular the leather jockstrap that he wore in "Cinderella Man", the Ron Howard-helmed movie about a boxer in the 1930s.

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.

The presenter displayed his purchase on the desk, asking, "Are you not entertained? It wasn't us. We didn't buy it".

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As it turned out, Oliver and his team bought more than just the jockstrap. " It was 4 AM, and you know what happens when you start online shopping late at night", Oliver explained of the binge bidding.

His plan? To give it all to an Alaskan Blockbuster, hopefully transforming it into a tourist destination. He also successfully bid on Crowe's vest from "Les Mierables", his hood from "Robin Hood", and the set chairs used by Crowe and Denzel Washington in "American Gangster".

All the Anchorage Blockbuster has to do is contact Last Week Tonight within 48 hours to claim the items!

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