Russell Crowe claims to see UFO -- after no one sees his movie

Is it possible that the great thespian isn't enjoying enough publicity, so he's resorting to claiming he's seen spacecraft from another galaxy? Though it is a lovely movie.

Clearly real. ParallelUniverse1234/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Russell Crowe has seen the light.

It was burning in the sky outside his office in the Sydney district of Wooloomooloo.

There in the sky were visitors from an outer galaxy, beings even weirder than the ones he encounters in Hollywood.

So, as Australia's Daily Telegraph reported, Crowe secured pictures and then posted the time lapse edition to YouTube.

The Telegraph speculated that Crowe was concerned he wasn't enjoying enough publicity for his new movie.

Indeed, I wasn't aware that there was one.

On Twitter, Crowe claimed: "A friend and I set camera to capture fruit bats rising from Botanic Gardens. This was a big surprise."

When it was posted Tuesday, commenters immediately fulminated as to whether the footage was fake.

Today, though, Crowe's manager, Grant Vandenberg, revealed to the Telegraph that the great star hadn't shot the exciting events at all.

This was the work of Duane Manwiller, a famed cinematographer. Oh, and it was shot four years ago.

One can imagine that, on hearing this, the Australian government put into reverse its anti-alien missile preparations.

Its special anti-alien forces, armed with bright blue goo designed to melt beings from another planet, were told to go back to their regular jobs as rugby players and chefs.

The question now becomes: why did Crowe post this footage?

His manager had the definitive response: "I have no idea."

 

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