Russell Crowe is famous in Hollywood for having an unpredictable sense of humor. Sure, when John Oliver made a big deal out of purchasing his jock strap, Crowe responded by making a donation to a Koala Chlamydia Ward in Oliver’s name. But Crowe has also been known to pick Twitter fights with opinionated randos and he once got angry at South Park creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone for offering notes on his new album.
Apparently Rob Liefeld, the creator of Deadpool, wasn’t aware of Crowe’s reputation when he tweeted at the Gladiator actor with what he thought was a harmless joke.
Liefeld told Digital Spy the story:
One night before I went to bed, I didn’t know Russell Crowe was on Twitter, and I stupidly tweeted to Russell Crowe – not ever thinking he’d answer me – and I go, ‘Hey Russell, you should read for Cable!’ That didn’t turn out very well, I got yelled at a lot, because I woke up – because he’s in Australia – to Russell Crowe saying, ‘Read for it?!’, and my manager said, ‘Yeah… Russell Crowe doesn’t read for parts, Rob. You kind of insulted him.’ I’m like, ‘I’m sorry! They just haven’t picked Cable yet so I’m just putting it out there.’ And then my phone rings, so some Fox people may or may not have yelled at me for an hour.
Liefeld doesn’t wield any power on the Deadpool movies, so this scenario was clearly in jest, but that’s never stopped Crowe from getting angry on Twitter before:
He had an explosive reaction, as documented by The Daily Dot.
Perhaps Liefeld should be the one offended, considering how little respect his work gets:
This Rob Liefield homage is something else. pic.twitter.com/qXddpeixad
— Ryan Burke (@ryanburkewriter) April 24, 2018
Oh, how we used to laugh at that weirdly-proportioned drawing of Captain America by Rob Liefield! Well, laugh no more. pic.twitter.com/lifpEyoK
— Chris Weston #FBPE (@westonfront) January 30, 2013
— Sarah Ditum (@sarahditum) June 12, 2012
rob liefield you are just the worst. youve been drawing comics foe like 20 years and YOU STILL CANT DRAW FEET. #gtfo
— Mike Carter (@WaterCarter) July 27, 2012
So watch your back, internet users, and be sure to stay on Russell Crowe’s good side. You never know when he’s going to strike.
What… this beard ? pic.twitter.com/SrHgbDDYqM
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) July 6, 2018