Russell Crowe says Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network wanted to kidnap him as part of a "cultural destabilization plot," according to an Australian magazine. In an interview published in the March edition of Australia's GQ magazine, Crowe said FBI agents told him of the threat in 2001, in the months before he won a best actor Oscar for his role as Maximus in "Gladiator." "That was the first (time) I'd ever heard the phrase 'al-Qaida,'" Crowe said. "It was about and here's another little touch of irony taking iconographic Americans out of the picture as sort of a cultural destabilization plot," he added.--The Associated Press
Yup, yup, yup. I can see it now. Russell Crowe is kidnapped, and millions take the streets, rending their garments in grief.
It was not clear if there were other targets in the plot.
Al-Qaida, if you're reading this, could I suggest Stephen Baldwin instead? He really bugs the shit out of me.