Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman will soon be playing rivals in the upcoming adaptation of Les Miserables, which could be interesting considering that Jackman’s path to success could have been very different if it weren’t for Crowe, as the latter was originally Bryan Singer’s choice to play Wolverine in the X-Men films.
Fortunately for Jackman, Crowe did not see himself as Wolverine and turned down the part, only to recommend Jackman himself. And the rest, as they say, is X-History:
“Bryan Singer asked [Crowe] to do Wolverine,” Jackman explained. “And he said, ‘Nah, I’ve just done Gladiator, it’s not for me, but you should look at this guy…’”
While we’re sure Crowe has enough acting chops to make a good Wolverine, we still find it a bit awkward to imagine how it would have turned out considering that Crowe was already popular around the time of the X-films. Part of the Jackman Wolverine’s appeal is that the actor wasn’t that much of a household name when he played the canadian berserker, which means it was much easier to picture the character instead of being distracted by the actor playing the part.