He did this as a prelude to an offer he hopes Blockbuster management can't refuse - Russel Crowe's jockstrap from the movie Cindarella Man, free of charge. When the Last Week Tonight host found out about the actor's "Art of Divorce" auction-an irreverent but very real memorabilia sale-he was naturally thrilled. The internet speculated that the bidder was none other than Oliver himself, fueled by his earlier reference on the show lampooning the odd nature of the auction, and that item itself.
"I will admit, it does sound like something that we would do", Oliver said Sunday. Oliver's purchases from Crowe's auction exceed $10,000, but he brought out his wallet for a good cause: To help save one of America's last remaining Blockbuster video stores. "I'm sorry it wasn't us, we didn't buy it..." before he immediately added: "We did, we absolutely did!"
Despite initially denying that he was the one that bought Russell Crowe's jockstrap from the movie "Cinderella Man", John Oliver has now come clean and shared all of his new memorabilia with his "Last Week Tonight" viewers.
Along with that piece, the HBO show also bought a pair of shorts and robe from the 2005 boxing film. Also purchased was a hood Crowe wore in Robin Hood and a vest he wore in Les Misérables, among other items.
Oliver said the final remaining Blockbuster had 48 hours to contact the show, and all the Crowe items would be theirs for display.