Alqaeda targets russell crowe
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Crowe says al-Qaeda wanted to kidnap him
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Russell Crowe says Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror network wanted to kidnap him as part of a "cultural destabilization plot," according to an Australian magazine.
"It was about taking iconographic Americans out of the picture as sort of a cultural destabilization plot," says Crowe.
By Jan Bauer, AP
In an interview published in the March edition of Australia's GQ magazine, Crowe said FBI agents told him of the threat in 2001, in the months before he won a best actor Oscar for his role as Maximus in Gladiator.
"That was the first (time) I'd ever heard the phrase 'al-Qaeda,'" Crowe said. "It was about -- and here's another little touch of irony -- taking iconographic Americans out of the picture as sort of a cultural destabilization plot," he added.
Crowe was born in New Zealand and has a ranch in eastern Australia but made his name in Hollywood.
It was not clear if there were other targets in the plot.
Crowe said he was shadowed by FBI agents after the threat and hired private security guards.
Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.