SYDNEY – Star of Gladiator and LA Confidential, Russell Crowe has been denied Australian citizenship twice, actor reveals.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Russell Crowe spoke of his pain at being rejected by the country he moved to from New Zealand when he was a child. And to add to his woe it has now emerged that officials in New Zealand are looking to withdraw his citizenship. A spokesperson for the New Zealand government told te Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:
If he wants to be Australian so much good luck to him, but we’re not going to be know as the country for people who fail to apply to be Australian, so we will be revoking Mr. Crowe’s citizenship this week and asking for his passport back.
Crowe was staggered by the new move and threw several telephones out of the window to express his exasperation. There were even scenes down at the city hall when Mr. Crowe appeared before the officials of the immigration department bare chested and shouting, ‘Are you not entertained?’
A number of countries have offered the actor temporary citizenship including Japan and Russia. A petition started online to give Crowe US citizenship has gathered a staggering seventeen signatures, forcing the White House to respond that ‘Mr. Crowe would be a welcome addition to the nation’s immigrant community, especially because he can already do the accent.’
Russell Crowe will be released in 2016.