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Crowe’s AFI antics

Celebs are in tow for the Aussie Film Institute Awards

MELBOURNE — At the 47th Australian Film Institute Awards on Nov. 26 at Central City Studios, host and co-producer Russell Crowe fronted the 800-strong audience in shirtsleeves before cameras rolled to lead a warm-up sing-a-long with Paul Kelly.

Moments later — in a buttoned down tux — the man who famously threw a tantrum at being unable to read a poem at the BAFTA’s, returned with cameras rolling bearing a black desk phone and warned recipients that if their speeches ran more than 45 seconds they should, “say hello to my little friend.”

Crowe was charming, funny and clearly relished his effort to aid the “perilous” local industry but the line of the night went to presenter Geoffrey Rush who said: “I’m the face of (sponsor) L’Oreal that went horribly wrong.”

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