John Oliver, the Emmy-winning host of the HBO network show “Last Week Tonight”, wants to save one of the last Blockbuster stores left in Alaska.
The previously popular video rental chain has been asked to shut all of its stores across the country due to popular streaming service such as Hulu and Netflix. However, on Sunday, Oliver revealed that his show obtained several items from the old Russel Crowe’s auction with the intention to send these valuable artefacts to the last Alaska’s Blockbuster store.
The items bought by the HBO show from the auction includes Crowe’s director’s chair from film “American Gangster”, his satin robe as well as gym shorts from the 2005 film “Cinderella Man”, his hood from the movie “Robin Hood” and his vest from the film “Les Miserables”, all of which will be donated to the lone Blockbuster. However, one exceptional item the show bought includes Crowe’s leather jockstrap from “Cinderella Man” for which the program had to be pay a pretty hefty price as the jockstrap alone cost $7,000. Oliver said that he hopes the store would be able to display the items in the way Planet Hollywood restaurants use the old artefacts to attract more customers.
Oliver said, “To the manager at the only remaining Blockbuster in Anchorage, Alaska, all of this s— is yours. Just call us in the next 48 hours and we will send it to you.”
Oliver is known for using the HBO’s cash to fund and get extremely silly stuff, such as a Supreme Court set populated by the dogs or a collection of wax presidents.
Notably, the auction called as “The Art of Divorce” marked the end of a life chapter after Crowe split from his wife Danielle Spencer. The news about the couple’s separation emerged in the year 2012 and their divorce is almost finalised now.