It’s like an episode of South Park, where we imagine celebrities in far-fetched scenarios that are kinda funny to think about but will probably never happen. Except in this case, it isn’t a cartoon and these two celebrities had the most bizarre yet hilarious interaction you could dream of.
Russell Crowe in an interview with the Guardian recounted how it was a fairly common occurrence to receive prank phone calls from Michael Jackson.
“For two or three fucking years. I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn’t matter where I was, he’d ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know. ‘Is Mr. Wall there? Is Mrs. Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what’s holding the roof up? Ha ha.’ You’re supposed to grow out of doing that, right?”
Like, WTF is happening, right? Michael Jackson used to make prank phone calls? This is gloriously insane. Especially considering that he didn’t even personally know Crowe. Maybe it’s kind of like the analogy that when a boy pulls a girls pigtails in class, it means he likes her. Maybe MJ just wanted to be buddies with the old Crowe?
Crowe also told the Sun in 2013 about this behavior. “He’d ring me and in a strong voice and say, ‘There is an emergency and you need to leave the building.’ I’d ask, ‘Who is this?’ And he’d say, ‘Do not worry Russell, just kidding, this is Michael.”
I’m not sure whether I should laugh or bang my head against a wall.