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Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

John Oliver reveals he bought Russell Crowe's leather jockstrap for $7000

John Oliver reveals he bought Russell Crowe's leather jockstrap for $7000

Years after the video rental franchise that once boasted more than 6,000 stores across the US shuttered majority, Blockbuster has reportedly been able to stay open in Alaska due to spottier internet service there, making it harder to stream movies on services like Netflix.

"We just had a huge chance to reform our tax code and we absolutely blew it", Oliver said.

"If only there were a fun, movie-themed way for them to draw people in", Oliver offered.

Oliver revealed on HBO Sunday night that he paid $7,000 for the leather codpiece that Crowe wore in the 2005 boxing film "Cinderella Man".

Determined not to let the store close down, Oliver has been spending money on random Russell Crowe movie memorabilia for the Blockbuster to keep on display.

"There has been some speculation out there that we were the ones who bought that jockstrap, and I will admit that it does sound like something we would do", Oliver said. Even that sentence is absolutely incredible to say out loud.

John Oliver is determined to save Blockbuster - by using Russell Crowe memorabilia! I'm sorry", Oliver said, before revealing, "We did though.

When Russell Crowe's famous jockstrap went under the hammer at his recent Art Of Divorce auction in Sydney, many were surprised that it sold - and for a whopping $9000!

"What happened, it was 4am over here and you know what happens when you start late night shopping late at night".

John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, is known for preforming elaborate stunts on the show, and last Sunday he featured KTUU's reporting on the closure of multiple Blockbusters in Alaska.

"It was my jock strap when I won the heavyweight championship of the world as the character James J. Braddock in the film 'Cinderella Man, '" Crowe told Good Morning Britain.

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