Thursday January 11, 12:47 p.m.
Saw some of "Republic of Doyle" on CBC last night, since there had been a huge campaign to tout this week's very special guest, Russell Crowe. Apparently, either the star or the creator of the series had some connections with Crowe via "Robin Hood". Those connections must have been very hearty ones to bring the Oscar winner tens of thousands of kilometres from Australia all the way up to Newfoundland. But he was very obliging and cooperative. Didn't hear of a single phone being flung at all. And the residents there were also very kind to him. Crowe was impressed that the nearby Newfoundlanders considerately left him alone. Sounds downright Japanese. Ken Watanabe remarked that Tokyo citizens would discreetly smile and point...maybe even a few dared to take pictures with their cells but that was about it.
Still, from what I saw, Crowe seemed to have just terse, grumbly lines. But I did like him getting humorously tasered...would never have imagined The Gladiator taking that sort of abuse (yes, I know...temporal non sequitur).
It seems as if there has been an international cross-pollination of stars via TV shows recently. Of course, Canadians have been infiltrating Hollywood for decades (William Shatner, Michael J. Fox, etc.), American and British actors thesped together in the latest "Torchwood"season, and even Queen of the Idols, Seiko Matsuda, did a "Bones"episode a couple of seasons back. I guess there's a New World Order coming on the acting level.
George Clooney..."Doctor Who", an idea whose time has come?