Michael Jackson used to prank call Russell Crowe with terrible jokes

File this under weird celebrity connections. In a recent profile of Russell Crowe in the Guardian the actor revealed that the late Michael Jackson used to prank call him at hotels, despite the fact that the two had never met. Okay, that’s already pretty odd, but then nobody ever accused Michael Jackson of being normal. But the most annoying part was probably not the calls themselves but the apparently terrible quality of the jokes that the King of Pop would pester him with. If Crowe’s example is any indication, they weren’t terrible in the good “I can’t believe you said that Nigel! You are terrible!” sort of way.

They were just very, very lame.

The zenith of Crowe’s fame does sound a bit disturbing in other ways. For one thing, he found himself on the receiving end of repeated nuisance calls from, of all people, Michael Jackson. “For two or three fucking years,” he says. “I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn’t matter where I was, he’d ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know. ‘Is Mr Wall there? Is Mrs Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what’s holding the roof up? Ha ha.’ You’re supposed to grow out of doing that, right?”

Mr. Wall? Jesus. Well no one ever accused the man who called his ranch “Neverland” of growing up either.

[The Guardian]