One of Hollywood's favorite pretty boys had things turn ugly for him on Long Island last night.
Russell Crowe is playing "Noah" and currently filming it in Upper Brookville on Long Island and decided to kayak with a buddy from the movie set yesterday out of Cold Spring Harbor.
"They wanted to paddle into huntington harbor," explained Sal Franco, who rented Crowe and his buddy the kayaks. "I don't think they knew how big it was."
The former Gladiator actor rented two one man kayaks for the ten mile paddle from Franco, who is one of the leading kayak instructors on the north shore at his Long Island Kayak Academy in Huntington.
Franco described it as an ambitious trip saying, "It's not for your casual daytripper."
And that's where Crowe's movie career took more of a tv twist a la Gilligan's Island. The pair set out for a three hour tour, leaving out of scenic Cold Spring Harbor, kayaking north around Lloyd's Neck, aiming for Huntington Harbor. But leaving around 7 last night--they ended up lost in the dark.
Here's how Franco described what went down, "They reached a point where they really weren't certain going in the right direction. They reached a beach where they could land and they just beached themselves there. Imagine if he had to stay there and hike up to the house and find the owner to explain he's Russell Crowe, and he's lost?"
Will Albert has spent his life on these waters and now gives guided paddle board tours, but never after nightfall. "It gets tricky. Especially with him not being from around here; it's impossible to find your way out."
Crowe tweeted about the whole episode late last night "Not lost. We knew exactly where we were, paddling around from cold spring harbor into wind, we ran out of day. Grand adventure eh @chris_feather?"
He even referenced "Man vs. Wild" star Bear Grylls to his kayak buddy in a tweet, taunting him that they'd almost been forced to eat eagle's eggs for breakfast, Grylls-style.
But Crowe, channeling some luck, spotted the coast guard on patrol just off shore, and shouted out.
Franco, who got his kayaks back late last night said, "He saw them, yelled out to them, the coast guard heard them and they were able to paddle out to the coast guard and hop a ride." He added with a laugh, "How lucky can you get?"
The Coast Guard tweeted a post rescue picture last night with a smiling and grateful Crowe, who then got back to what he does best--making movies.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times