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Russell Crowe a regular at Naperville ‘Whole Foods’

Russell Crowe seems like seafood Whole Foods. | AP

Russell Crowe seems to like the seafood at Whole Foods. | AP

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Updated: June 23, 2011 2:13AM

At the Whole Foods Market on 75th Street in Naperville, employees have gotten used to one celebrity sighting.

According to one employee, actor Russell Crowe has made almost daily appearances for the last week.

“Most people don’t even recognize him,” the employee said. “He’s put on a lot of weight.”

But based on his purchases, Crowe might be trying to reverse this fact.

“He has been buying a lot of seafood and sushi,” the employee said. “He comes in during the morning, around 10:30 or 11 a.m.”

The reason Crowe is in the suburbs might have something to do with his next big role — reportedly as Jor-El, Superman’s biological father, in “Man of Steel,” a Warner Bros. film set for release next year.

Hundreds of area residents came out Saturday to the Naperville DePaul campus for a casting call for extras in the movie. Some scenes will be shot in Plano and other area locations in August and September.

Or maybe Crowe heard what a wonderful place Naperville is to live.

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