Late Night Gets Serious: Crowe Recounts Darkest Moment of a Life Lived Smoking

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It was an unexpected revelation from one of the world’s most renowned actors. (via Tuned In

Going on the Late Show with David Letterman to hype his new movie The Next Three Days, Crowe and Letterman got to talking about smoking, and that’s when the facts started spilling out.

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Smoking since the age of 10, Crowe had gotten to the point of puffing away 60 cigarettes a day before he was caught by his son, who was mortified by the sight of daddy lighting up. So he quit – until he caved in and lit up the night before appearing on Letterman.

Most celebrity interviews on late-night shows are puff segments. Silly anecdotes about travels or pranks on the movie set. But as Crowe went on for seven minutes about his life spent smoking, and the difficulties he’s faced in trying to quit, things turned quite serious. Here’s the abbreviated, slightly sillier clip posted by CBS. Tuned In has the more extensive, sobering segment from the interview.

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georgevhill
georgevhill

Fred Phelps died on the first day of spring and the International Day of Happiness. 

Love it. 


George Vreeland Hill


BruceFancher
BruceFancher

"He sought public office four times as a member of the Democratic Party." -- Wikipedia

Funny that they left that out . . .

clarence.parker1
clarence.parker1

If i didn't want to remember this Man i would say lets make March 20 I national holiday. I day that a hate manufacturer died. Me myself have never witnessed a Westboro Protest; but being a solider and attending my fallen brothers in arms funerals. I understand the pain and torture it put the families though. I would personally like to thank the patriot guard and other organizations who helped keep the peace and for never letting the Westboro hate reach the grieving families. 

pendragon05
pendragon05

The running online joke is that even Satan doesn't want Phelps in his territory.

JohnMarston
JohnMarston

I wonder how many people know that Fred was a Democrat? Conveniently skipped over by virtually everyone in the MSM who writes about him. Look it up yourself if you don't believe me.

goblue562
goblue562

I've been seeing other articles that are glorifying this idiot because of the civil rights work that he did.  This article nails it.. he was just looking for the public eye, and probably wanting to just line his pockets.  Good riddance, indeed.

csmallo17
csmallo17

Fred Phelps said things that made other people mad.  But in the end he had no power and no impact upon America.  Contrast this with the adoration showered upon politicians, of both parties, who  routinely do every thing they can to destroy America and our freedoms.    One hundred  Fred Phelps would be less destructive than one Obama or one Bush.  

Frank-the-tank
Frank-the-tank

I do not believe in any deity, but still I've read about many of the different religions. I've even read some of the scriptures. And there's a common element, usually is a higher power guiding us - to coexist. The different religions have different views and texts on what guidance we're given, where i.e. Islam almost reads like a legal text, and Christianity is more open to interpretation. Islam gives clear directions on very many issues, but Christians have to follow an example in Jesus. But still, both - even though abused by powermongers - still show a path of coexistence among humans.


Sometimes the deity has (allegedly) personally intervened and even shared his voice with its followers. And in this context, and the part about "The Lord works in mysterious ways", one can almost interpret the existence and life of Fred Phelps, as an act of God (for those who believe in that).

And I gather this, from the shear absurdity of the of both the opinions and actions of WBC, and how it has put some balance into how we regard all religions. Christianity isn't exempt from nutters, just as you'll find utter wackos within Jewish, Muslim or atheist groups.

WBC has also functioned as a catalyst for cooperation between different churches, and even beliefs - thus one might ague that this is in deed an act of God (sic). By stating a clear example of what not to do, the deity has guided human kind on to a better path. Even us atheists are invited into the fold, as the massive protests against the absurdity from (true?) believers, have been so clear. Should there be a God, he's given us some common ground. 

So, all ye of faith... this is a good day. Usually the saying goes: "The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away..." - In this case, it's flipped: "The Lord took, and gave back sanity by recalling his wacko..." ;)

May the force be with all of you! ;)

NoraReed
NoraReed

The Patriot Guard didn't start the "human wall" strategy; that honor goes to Romaine Patterson and Angel Action, which she formed to create a guard of angels to stand in front of the WBC when they picketed the trials for Matthew Shepard's murderers.

Kate'sDaughter
Kate'sDaughter

Let's cast no more spotlights. Silence is now the most powerful commentary that can be made. 


Jet_Gardner
Jet_Gardner

Cremate the man, distribute his ashes equally between 2000 bags of kitty litter, sell them at auction to benefit an AIDS charity

jfingas
jfingas

@JohnMarston  Honestly don't think it had much bearing on his activities.  After all, many Democratic supporters are antithetically opposed to what Phelps represented.  He was in favor of homophobia and willful ignorance; Democrats as a general rule are in favor of gay rights and understanding.

goblue562
goblue562

@csmallo17 Why does EVERYthing have to come down to Obama or Bush?  Lordy.. The man was evil incarnate.

csmallo17
csmallo17

@goblue562 @csmallo17  How many people did Phelps send to die in wars that had nothing to do with defending our borders?  How much money did Phelps take from your paycheck?   Politicians are the evil ones, not half baked preachers who couldn't fill a phone booth with their preaching.    If you ignored Phelps he had no bearing upon your life or ability to affect you in any way.  Politicians  kill, steal and destroy as a matter of doing business.   

Fred Phelps never picked my pocket or broke my leg.  Can't say the same for Obama and Bush.