Trolls mocked the Hollywood star’s weight this week after photos emerged of the actor working on his fitness at a park in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo over the weekend.
And Russell Crowe deflected criticism on Tuesday in a humorously witty comeback on Twitter.
The Gladiator hunk, 52, received numerous attacks from anonymous body shamers online, but when one media personality joined in he chose to fight back.
A fan alerted Russell of a comment made by American shock jock Howard Stern regarding the pictures of him in his activewear.
He reached out, writing: ‘@russellcrowe Howard Stern just goofed on your weight. He said he works hard to “stay thin and in shape.” @RLW_Mole @robertAbooey @THR.’ Defending himself from the radio personality’s harsh words, Russell jokingly tweeted: ‘I can bench press young Howard … he cannot say the same…’
Howard’s comments came after other keyboard warriors made rude remarks regarding his frame from photos showing Russell kicking around a rugby ball in a tank top and shorts.
The New Zealand-born star was also spotted performing push-ups and playing basketball while out with South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess.Some of the headlines were less favorable to the Oscar winner, with ‘no longer looks like a Gladiator’ and ‘A moment of silence for Russell Crowe’s hot bod’ used to promote the pictures.
His fans have since flooded his account with words of support.
‘He can wear a fig leaf and still be handsome. He is manly enough,’ one fan wrote.
Another chimed in agreeing that he was still attractive despite ‘extra weight’: ‘And still handsome for me no matter of some extra weight he has.’
One user described his appearance in his footy shorts and tank as ‘addictive’, writing: ‘We treat you like chocolate. The more the better. Addictive!’
Hitting back! Russell Crowe threatens to ‘bench press’ shock jock Howard Stern on Twitter as he joins body shamers insulting his frame online after being photographed working on his fitness at a park in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo over the weekend b-error
I can bench press young Howard … he cannot say the same…’: After Russell was made aware of radio star Howard Stern (pictured) poking fun at his weight he took to Twitter to defend himself with a witty and humorous tweet aimed at body shamers
‘No longer looks like Gladiator’: Media outlets body shamed the star by using the terms ‘fat’ and ‘fuller figure’ while describing the Hollywood star’s frame, with one article being promoted with the sentence ‘*A moment of silence for Russell Crowe’s hot bod*’
‘Still handsome for me no matter of some extra weight he has’: Fans flooded Russell’s account with support, with some claiming he was still ‘handsome’ and suggested ‘the more the better’