Did Russell Crowe nick Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ outfit?

Mark Lankester

You’d think comparing Russell Crowe to a girl would earn a torrent of abuse and a phone-shaped dent in the face from the notoriously ‘handy’ star.

Well, the angry Aussie has proved he DOES has a sense of humour by retweeting a fan’s amusing comparison of him… and singer Britney Spears.

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Twitter user @borisprso spotted that a blue outfit worn by Crowe’s ruthless ‘Les Miserables’ policeman Javert, was disturbingly similar to Spears’ racy air hostess get-up in the camp music video for her 2004 hit ‘Toxic’.

Boris then tweeted a side-by-side picture of the two stars, with the message: “hey@britneyspears did you see @russellcrowe in #lesMis maybe he is a fan of you ;-)))”.

Crowe, whose hot-head reputation has even been parodied in a ‘South Park’ episode, surprisingly saw the funny side, retweeting the picture to his 738,000 followers.

‘Les Miserable’, is currently no. 1 at the UK box office and has an impressive eight Oscar nominations to its name. But now it has one more achievement to add to the list: proving Crowe can laugh at himself.