(NEW YORK) — Russell Crowe recently gave several members of the paparazzi a runaround that would wear out most folks.
A paparazzo working for the Daily News says he and several other photographers followed Crowe on bicycles for more than seven miles through the streets of New York City as the actor pedaled from his Manhattan hotel to a movie set in Brooklyn.
J.B. Nicholas says he jumped on his bike and proceeded to pursue Crowe through lower Manhattan and eventually over a bridge to Brooklyn.
“I and five other two-wheeling cameramen followed, but most gave up from exhaustion,” Nicholas recalls, adding, “There were two of us left and Crowe’s bodyguard was trying to block us.”
Nicholas says when the chase ended at the movie set where Crowe is filming on location, the actor proclaimed, “You missed the best shot. I just gave you the finger!”
Crowe later took to Twitter to comment on the incident, saying, “11.6km bike ride to work, meditative peace of the morning ritual decimated by paparazzi…on bicycles…Only in NY folks.”
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