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One of this week's tabloids claims Russell Crowe's friends fear he's "eating himself into the grave." The story is filled with inaccuracies and simply isn't true. Gossip Cop can debunk it.

According to the Globe, the actor is tipping the scale at 300 pounds for his role as former Fox News chief Roger Ailes in the upcoming Showtime series "The Loudest Voice in the Room." An alleged source tells the magazine that Crowe insisted on gaining a ton of weight to portray the late CEO, even though he "was never asked to." The "insider" adds, "There's a whole world of prosthetics that could achieve it in a much healthier way."

"The problem is, at 54-years-old, he'll never be able to get rid of the new weight," adds the questionable tipster, who further speculates that Crowe wanted to pack on the pounds "as an excuse to pig out." "He eats cheeseburgers, and he loves takeout pizza and sweet treats like cupcakes," adds the seemingly made-up source.

From there, the supposed insider says Crowe's weight gain may cost him a role in the upcoming Gladiator sequel. The "source" maintains that execs at Paramount Pictures "would love for Russell" to reprise his role as Maximus in the sequel, but only if "he can slim down."

There's a whole lot wrong with the tabloid's story. For starters, Crowe is in fact wearing prosthetics and a fat suit for his role as Ailes. Gossip Cop checked in with a source involved in the production of "The Loudest Voice in the Room," which happens to be shooting scenes in the lobby of our New York City office building. We're told on background that the actor's hefty appearance is the result of makeup and prosthetic work.

Spoiler alert for those who haven't seen Gladiator, but Crowe's character died at the end. When the sequel was announced a few months back, it was reported that Gladiator 2 will focus on Lucius, the son of Connie Nielsen's character, Lucilla. There's been no indication that Crowe is involved in the sequel.

Meanwhile, Gossip Cop also checked in with a source close to Crowe, who wasn't able to speak on the record, but assures us there's no truth to the outlet's article. The actor hasn't gained an inordinate amount of weight to play Ailes, nor are any of his friends worried about his health.

Unfortunately, we're not surprised by the Globe's morbid article. The tabloid has a habit of falsely claiming celebrities are on the verge of death. Earlier this week, Gossip Cop out the publication for making up a story about Robert Redford only having "months to live." Shortly before that, the magazine wrongly alleged that Barbra Streisand was dying from a compulsive eating disorder. This latest article concerning Crowe's well-being is equally baseless.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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