John Oliver reveals what he plans on doing with Russell Crowe's jockstrap

Blockbuster on Debarr Road in Anchorage is one of the few remaining in the U.S

"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver bought Russell Crowe's jockstrap in an auction and is donating it to those in need: Blockbuster Video.

The spending spree was revealed on Sunday night's show in a segment about a struggling Blockbuster video store in Alaska - one of the last remaining video stores in the United States, which is "under serious threat" in the digital new world.

"We just had a huge chance to reform our tax code and we absolutely blew it", Oliver said.

Oliver kicked off the fun reveal explaining that a few Blockbusters had survived in Alaska long after they had disappeared in the continental USA because of slower streaming services and more expensive rates in that state, but they had slowly died off.

The leather jock strap the actor wore in Cinderella Man proved to be the most popular piece in the run up to the auction. Even that sentence is absolutely incredible to say out loud.

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The vest that Crowe wore as Inspector Javert in Les Miserables as well as his hood from Robin Hood and the satin robe and shorts Crowe wore in Cinderella Man were all purchased by the hit HBO show.

"The bad news is, we didn't do it", Oliver said. I'm sorry, I'm sorry. Yes, that really happened - and it was only the start of their late-night spending spree. "If we do get it, it could be very big for business".

The prankster revealed he spent $7,000 on the odd memorabilia item during his weekly show Last Week Tonight on Sunday and explained he was sending it to a Blockbuster store in Anchorage, hoping the interest will keep the place open.

Crowe threw a big-ticket auction last weekend to celebrate his recent divorce from wife Danielle Spencer, putting a whole bunch of his belongings, including movie memorabilia and musical instruments, under the hammer. Oliver noted that of the four independently-owned Blockbuster stores left in America, three are located in Alaska.

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