Despite Oscar-nominated movie Lion collecting all 12 awards it was nominated for, it’s an ill moment from Wednesday night’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards that everyone is talking about.
Russell Crowe struck an off-note, which was cut from the televised broadcast as reported by The Guardian, during his presentation about the need for “sensitivity” in the industry. He somehow related that need for sensitivity to an anecdote about “sodomising” his female co-star Jacqueline McKenzie on set.
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“I didn’t actually intend to do that – I was trying to keep my bits away from her bits, and she’s been given one of those pieces of elastic that the girls get when you do those scenes, which protects them from all things, and my bits and pieces were in a little canvas sack with a drawstring,” the Australian actor said about the sex-scene from the 1992 film Romper Stomper.
“And it was actually my desire to keep the bits apart. It wasn’t until the opening night of the film that it was pointed out by none other than Jackie McKenzie’s beautiful late mother that we were in fact, in her mind, engaged in sodomy. Anyway that was just a story about sensitivity!” the 53-year-old continued.