With tax day just around the corner, HBO's John Oliver on Sunday night took aim once again at the recent GOP tax overhaul and, in particular, what he called the "long and infuriatingly proud history" of corporate tax avoidance. While rumors had claimed that the HBO star had purchased some items from the sale, Oliver finally confirmed the news for himself and revealed why he felt the need to buy the strap that was on Russell's jock. Oliver's purchases from Crowe's auction exceed $10,000, but he brought out his wallet for a good cause: To help save one of America's last remaining Blockbuster video stores.
Oliver then revealed that he'd actually bought a bunch of the memorabilia, including Crowe and Denzel Washington's chairs from the set of "American Gangster" and the vest Crowe wore in the film "Les Miserables".
John Oliver and the team at Last Week Tonight.
Of the four remaining Blockbuster stores, three are in Alaska.
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"I can think of no more ideal place for them to reside than an Alaskan Blockbuster store", Oliver told the audience.
So what's the connection to Last Week Tonight?
Years after the video rental franchise that once boasted more than 6,000 stores across the USA shuttered a lot of them, Blockbuster has reportedly been able to stay open in Alaska due to spottier internet service there, making it harder to stream movies on services like Netflix. After introducing the segment with a nostalgia-fueled look back at Blockbuster, during which the show sourced KTUU's reporting, Oliver said he hopes to send the Crowe memorabilia to the Blockboster on Debarr Road. "Just call us in the next 48 hours, and we'll send it to you".