I recently read the GQ article where Russell Crowe claims that Al Queda was apparently planning on kidnapping him way back in 2001 before they bombed the Twin Towers. The plan was to kidnap prominent Americans and then demand what? I don't know. Mr. Crowe was not clear on this.
Okay, let me get this straight. Osama bin Laden is sitting in a cave somewhere watching Gladiator on video and decides that he wants to kidnap Russell Crowe. I have two problem with this. First of all, Russell Crowe is Australian, and wouldn't it be up to the Australian government to deal with Osama if one of their own was taken, along with Interpol and the CIA? Secondly, who in their right mind would want to kidnap Russell Crowe? Have they ever heard him interviewed or read an interview with him? The man is probably one of the most talented, and yet most annoyingly obnoxious actors on the planet, second only to Sean Penn in his hubris.
I guarantee you, that after a week in Mr. Crowe's company, Al Queda would either have shot him, or let him go. He just wouldn't be worth the trouble. He was a pain in the ass for the FBI to deal with, when they were trying to protect him.
I'm sure that Mr. Crowe would like to think that he's important enough for Al Queda to contemplate kidnapping. Even the CIA refutes Mr. Crowe's story, and now Russell has denied that he ever said it.