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Russell Crowe's Close Encounter With 'UFO'
Russell Crowe has claimed he and a friend filmed a UFO while trying to capture footage of fruit bats in Sydney.
The Les Miserables and Gladiator star posted still images on YouTube of what he says could be an unidentified flying object.
Crowe said the images had been recorded in the skies above Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
"A friend and i (sic) set camera to capture fruit bats rising from Botanic Gardens, this was a big surprise," Crowe tweeted.
"Canon 5D, No Flash, can't be a lense flare because it moves, camera is fixed," Crowe added on his official Twitter account.
The footage was captured from a distance of about 250 metres from the gardens, which are close to Crowe's apartment in the waterfront suburb of Woolloomooloo.
But the YouTube stills provoked scepticism among some viewers online.
One posted a message which read: "I don't understand, if this was time lapse photography then that could just be a plane? What am I missing here?"
Another wrote: "Amazing how a taillight reflected off a glass wall can be a UFO."
Some were more charitable, with one saying: "Without imagination mankind would not have evolved.
"If it makes Russell happy, let him believe it is a UFO and not some light interference. Be kind people, be kind."
But most tended to agree with user RoadToDawnZ, who said: "Come on RC. It could have been more believable without all the editing. Just raw footage would have made it viral.
"Anyways, loved you in Les Mis."