Heaven forbid any of us actually forget, even for a second, that Russell Crowe has some modicum of musical ability.
Like a Dad half-pissed on a glass of sherry at Christmas, wherever he goes a guitar is not far behind.
And thus, with Thirty-Odd Feet of Grunt powering him, and with The Ordinary Fear of God instilled within him, out trots “our” Rusty – bizarre, hammy American accent and all – onto the set of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, to thump out a protest song for the ages.
In observance of the five-year anniversary of the BP Oil Spill, Crowe and Fallon along with the Roots pump out the lilting anthem of protest that, by all rights, should right throughout the world, alerting everyone to the problem of getting (tar)Balls in Your Mouth whilst swimming in oil-spill affected waters.
I can’t decide whether the “this isn’t in my register” flat baritone, or the Jimmy Barnes-esque belted out notes at the end are the high point of the performance.
One thing is for sure, though: This does exist.