Oscar-winner Russell Crowe’s known for blowing off steam, but he’s actually been inhaling plenty of smoke: The Gladiator star told David Letterman on Wednesday’s Late Show that he recently quit smoking after more than 35 years of lighting up, a habit that led him to inhale as many as 60 cigarettes in a single day.
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The New Zealand-born star told Letterman “if there was an Olympics for smoking, I’m kind of more of a gold medalist than Mark Spitz.”
Crowe, 46, said he ditched the deadly habit about five months ago because it was “really starting to affect my health,” but admitted that he recently lit up after a glass of wine.
He said that he’d bring flint to school along with three of four matches — a bad idea, as one day, he caught fire while adjusting himself.
“I was only 13, I didn’t have that much pubic hair as it was,” he said. “I kind of killed the first crop.”