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Russell Crowe: I Knew Leo When He Was a Virgin

Russell Crowe: I Knew Leo When He Was a Virgin

Entertainmently Weekly sat down with two of Hollywood’s greatest, American Gangstar stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

Crowe, 43, spoke out on the early days of Leonardo DiCaprio, saying, “You know, I worked with Leonardo when he was 18 [on the Western The Quick and the Dead]. He was a virgin, and he would talk about that constantly. So I’m hoping we have some time so he can fill in what’s happened in between. Maybe show some photos. Because I’m sure life’s different now.”

Denzel, 52, talked about the Oscar buzz already surrounding his performance in Gangster: “What are you going to do? There’s no Oscar gym you go to to get in Oscar shape. There’s not much you can do about it. If you get invited to the show, you go. The work is done. You know what? It beats a sharp stick in the eye that people are talking about it. That’s gravy.”

Read the full article: Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe: Two titans talk.

10+ pictures inside of Leo back in December 1997…

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Photos: Martin Schoeller/EW, Frank/Randy/Bauer-Griffin
Posted to: Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Russel Crowe

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  • Annabel

    FIRST!!!

  • emma
  • emma

    or not lol

  • BRAZILIAN FAN 4EVER

    ow my ow my ow myyy Goshhh

    I can’t breathe haha

    LeoLICIOUS as always soooooo babyface in there

    luv luv luv luvdore Leo S2

  • h

    leo used to be so hot!!!

  • http://justjared paula abdul

    When?

  • Eve

    Russell Crowe looks fat and bloated.

  • julia

    that seems a bit rude of Russell.. Yikes don’t tell Him any secrets.. lol!

  • Regina

    Leonardo Dicaprio looks MUCH better now. I think it’s because I prefer men manlier and he looked like a boy back then.

    Anyway, LOL at Russell.

  • Regina

    “he looked like a boy back then.”

    Ok I realise that sounds stupid. I mean, of course he would. He was a boy. :)

  • Maya

    Leo looked like an angel,thanks for the pics

  • stefanie

    I don’t know if Russell should have been talking about Leo’s past like that, but honestly, I love it. And I have always admired Russell Crowe because he didn’t buy into the bullshit of fame and Hollywood. Russell got beat down into his place because HE’S A MAN, BABY!!! Real men don’t take crap from nobody. But now, he’s a sweet family man. I guess we all gotta grow up sometimes.

    And as a New Yorker, born and bred, I can say that I would have thrown a cell phone at one of those obnoxious little front desk twerps too if I was rich and famous. I think Russell got a bad rap on that one.

    Russell Crowe is the last of the real men actors out there. And I look forward to the movie…oh and Denzel is still frickin’ HOT!!!

  • Frenchy

    That’s funny. Looking forward to Denzel & Russell’s American Gangster to make a mint at the box office.

  • Regina

    Russell Crowe is the last of the real men actors out there. And I look forward to the movie…oh and Denzel is still frickin’ HOT!!!

    —-

    True comments. Russell Crowe, despite bad reputation is an excellent actor. Denzel Washington is 52 and looks the same as he did 20 years ago and that’s a major compliment!

  • http://deleted IHB

    I hope Leo will hit Crowe with a phone after his stupid comment.

  • aj

    stfu haterz Russell is awesome! :D

  • l

    that picture of russel looks like a mug shot, so that mixed with the title of this creeped me out a bit

  • CRAZY_HO

    Honestly, my three favorite people are RUSSELL CROWE, NAOMI CAMPBELL & FOXY BROWN!! They’ll whoops oyur ass in a heatbeat and they don’t give a shyte!!

  • sam

    I’m the only one who is a little creepy about that..

  • marylenna

    I can see Leo D. showing Russell the photos. LOL!

  • name

    me personally i’m not affected by the comment…but i’m not sure why russell felt he had to share it with the rest of the world. i mean next time he should just take out an ad in variety announcing leo or anyone or his business.

    happy halloween weekend all! party hard! have fun!

  • http:////////// betty

    Leo is most probebly not a shamed about Crowes comments….. he dasn’t care …after dating models Gisele and Bar he’s really doing fine now!!That’s what Crowe said to….

  • Cindy

    They both spoke about so much more than Leo’s virginity!! That was such an awsome article!! These two are so intelligent and so real its quite refreshind to read:)

    Great post Jared!!!!

  • http://justjared.com (LOVE- J )

    I love Denzel.

  • lene

    LEO is so hoooot! And daaaaaym, so talanted. ;D

  • dorianhunter

    This is a joke, obviously. And I think, it’s just not very funny. I’ve laughed on much better ones. LOL.
    Thanks for the great pics…they don’t have anything to do with the article, though…*gg*

  • Elise

    I think Russell’s a great joker and Leo would be laughing too. Although I am surprised he was still a virgin at 17 – but in reality I think there are a lot of people who don’t lose their virginity until they hit their 20s.

    thanks for the cute pics of Leo with his Dad- he has such a great relationship with his parents – no wonder he turned out so well!

  • groundcontrol

    No MAN throws a tantrum and assaults some hard working stiff over something as stupid as a nonworking phone. He is a big fool with a huge chip on his shoulder. Crowe has always been a prima donna that you had to handle with kid gloves. It’s too bad that his talent gets swallowed up by his ego.

    And please don’t kid yourself into thinking he doesn’t love the fame and wealth of the Hollywod lifestyle. His ego loves it all. He just chooses to live it back home in Australia. Don’t you remember that over-the-top and extravagantly expensive wedding he had.

    I’m sure Leo had a good laugh over the virgin chronicles. That’s just guy talk. I can’t imagine Leo would care.

  • Rae

    I’m sure it was meant as a joke, but it’s weird and vaguely creepy to me. I guess I’m more of the if you want to talk about your sex life that’s fine, but if others do it for you that’s weird type. Other than that, the article sounds great. I love Denzel and these are two awesome actors.

  • mel

    Leo was a virgin at 18 ?? Wow, you learn something everyday!

  • fresh

    just saw American Gangster its AMAZING, A CLASSIC.

  • Jackie

    God, why couldn’t he have stayed looking like that forever? He had something incredibly special back then. I agree with him resembling an angel. Just perfect for the role of Romeo. SIGHHHHHHH.

  • MJBK

    To the person who commented that “Russell looks fat and bloated”:

    Director Ridley Scott said in an interview that Russ currently is trying to shed 30 pounds he deliberately gained for a role in “Body of Lies”, the film with DiCaprio he recently finished shooting.

    One thing ya gotta say about Russell–he’s not vain about his appearance, even on film.

  • Anna

    More pics from the young leo, please!

  • Jamie

    Leo was so cute when he was in his twenties. He hasn’t been looking too hot lately. His looks bloated.

  • Mery

    I’m sure it was meant as a joke, but it’s weird and vaguely creepy to me.

    I agree.
    Leo don’t talk his private life. Russell talks ever his private life.

  • Hudson

    I hope Leo will understand Crow’s big mouth. Anywasy, lots of people are virgins even after 18, no big deal.

  • Regina

    Leo was so cute when he was in his twenties. He hasn’t been looking too hot lately. His looks bloated.

    Difference between looking like a man and looking like a little boy.

  • aaaaaaaaaa

    “Difference between looking like a man and looking like a little boy.”
    ____________

    to be an adult=to be fat????
    Ahaha…the fans doesn’t accept the truth…
    Leo looked so hot a few months ago..
    (the departed..:p)but now he looks bloated…he really let himself go.
    but I love him,i luv the ACTOR,he is very talented.

  • aj

    Leo’s rep said Russell might be referring to skydiving. It only makes sense why he would be interested in seeing the pictures.

  • keri

    Not funny at all!!! Crowe’s disgusting