Excerpt about Russell from larger article:
by Megan Doherty, Oct. 10, 2013
National Library of Australia Council chair Ryan Stokes announced on Wednesday the star had been enlisted for the official opening of Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia on November 6, ahead of the opening to the public on November 7.
Canberra in November is shaping up to be a mini-Hollywood with legendary film producer Harvey Weinstein in the national capital for three days from November 22 as his work is honoured in a series of events including a gala ball. Australian actors Rachel Griffiths, Geoffrey Rush and Guy Pearce will all be attending, and several other stars, including Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, have been invited.
Mr Stokes said the library had been “very fortunate” to secure the services of Crowe for the exhibition of maps from public and private collections from around the world.
“He has a natural interest in maps,” he said.
“And I think what we’re doing is bringing this global collection of maps, and Australia’s best maps, together and that’s something he found interesting so that enticed him and will bring him down to the library.”
When asked if he had negotiated directly with Crowe, Mr Stokes said, “we reached out and asked and he was very receptive to do that”.
“I think the significance of the collection and his interest were the main reasons,” he said.
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