Russell Crowe tells magazine al-Qaida wanted to kidnap him - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |

Russell Crowe tells magazine al-Qaida wanted to kidnap him

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Russell Crowe says Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network wanted to kidnap him as part of a ``cultural destabilization plot,'' according to an Australian magazine.

In an interview published in the March edition of Australia's GQ magazine, Crowe said FBI agents told him of the threat in 2001, in the months before he won a best actor Oscar for his role as Maximus in ``Gladiator.''

``That was the first (time) I'd ever heard the phrase 'al-Qaida,''' Crowe said. ``It was about _ and here's another little touch of irony _ taking iconographic Americans out of the picture as sort of a cultural destabilization plot,'' he added.

Crowe was born in New Zealand and has a ranch in eastern Australia but made his name in Hollywood.

It was not clear if there were other targets in the plot.

Crowe said he was shadowed by FBI agents after the threat and hired private security guards.
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103 is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.