Case in point: Russell Crowe was taking a nice ride through the lovely streets of Sydney, Australia, recently. But as fate would have it, an Australian newspaper mocked Crowe for smoking and shovelling down a fatty meal of three tacos and a soft drink during the bike ride.
Crowe was not pleased to say the least.
So the notoriously salty actor, who incidentally won the Best Actor award for his role in the movie Gladiator, set out to prove he is still in gladiator shape by challenging the paper's gossip columnist to a duel by bicycle.
The Daily Telegraph, according to the Associated Press, said Crowe's spokesperson called up gossip columnist Annette Sharp the next day and said, "Get on your bike, Russell wants you to go riding with him. Are you ready to die?"
Sharp accepted the challenge and the pair met at dawn for a 12-mile (20-kilometer) ride through the city. Video of the race shows Sharp struggling to keep up while Crowe zooms along unfazed. At one point, Sharp fell off her bike.
Crowe's manager Grant Vandenberg had no comment. "I think everything's been said in the paper," he said.
— ANDY LAGOMARSINO, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM