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Russell Crowe prank called by Michael Jackson

Russell Crowe prank called by Michael Jackson

Russell Crowe used to get prank called by Michael Jackson.

The 'Noah' actor revealed the King of Pop repeatedly contacted him with the nuisance calls "for two or three f***ing years" before his death in June 2009, after he discovered the fake name he used to check in to hotels, despite the fact they had never met in person.

He said: "I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn't matter where I was, he'd ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know."

The 'Beat It' hitmaker tragically died of cardiac arrest at the age of 50, but Russell insisted the musician's sense of humour was still puerile towards the end of his life, when he would make the ridiculous jokes during the phone calls, even though it irritated the Hollywood star.

Russell - who has sons Charles, 11, and eight-year-old Tennyson - told The Guardian newspaper Michael would say: "'Is Mr. Wall there? Is Mrs. Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what's holding the roof up? Ha ha.' You're supposed to grow out of doing that, right?"