The best of this week's internet quotes, from ''Gladiator'''s Russell Crowe, ''Viva Rock Vegas'''s Stephen Baldwin, and ''Geppeto'''s Drew Carey

By EW Staff
Updated May 19, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

”I started smoking when I was 10. My dad was the manager of a pub, and I was dead certain as a kid that one of those packets on the wall had something other than cigarettes in it. So, I had one of each one until I found out I was wrong, but by then it was too late. But the fact that I could go through a project like that and [not] quit is an indication of the power of this addictive drug. It’s not necessarily that I’m stupid — although I will admit to that in a variety of areas.”
Gladiator‘s Russell Crowe on his previous project The Insider, which takes on the tobacco industry, on E! Online

”As much as I don’t want to admit it, I’m very much like him. Barney was my favorite because he was seemingly the dumbest but always knew the answer, which is kind of like what it’s like being the youngest Baldwin brother.”
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas‘s Stephen Baldwin on relating to his character, on Entertainment Weekly Online

”My days are a lot more boring than people think they are. We’d get up late, play with the dogs, eat lunch at Bob’s Big Boy, see a movie, play some Civilization II. I also don’t drink as much as people think I do, but we’d kill a six-pack of Pepsi each.”
Geppetto‘s Drew Carey, when asked by a fan what they’d do if they were to spend the day together, on TV Guide Online