Why Did Russell Crowe Turn Down Wolverine

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    So basically it was because he had no Idea who or what Wolverine was, lol
     
  3. Hawkingbird I want to be Kate Bishop

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    I think that's fair enough :')
     
  4. psylockolussus Merry Mutant

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    Wow if he Hugh didn't work with Russell Crowe, we wouldn't know this info from more than 10 years ago.

    Russell Crowe would be a good choice for Cable!
     
  5. DaRkVeNgeanCe An Epic Film Guy

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    Russell would have been interesting but I don't see him putting as much dedication into the role as Jackman has.
     
  6. psylockolussus Merry Mutant

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    ^Definitely, I don't think Russell Crowe would play Wolverine more than three times.
     
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    Funny that he scoffs at it being from a "cartoon" and rolls his eyes yet he's going to be in a "cartoon" playing Superman's father. Guess he changed his view of things?

    Either way it worked out for both of them. In 2000, Russell Crowe became a superstar and won an Oscar for Gladiator and Hugh Jackman might have never gotten his big break and we would have never heard of him had Crowe taken the role.
     
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    wow he comes across as a dick lol
     
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    the one thing i can say for sure, if he had taken the role, wolverine would not be a nice guy :p
     
  10. lordofthenerds Not a Goddamn Side-Kick

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    I'm glad we got Hugh. Height difference be damned. He puts his all into embodying the character film after film, and does a fine job of it.
     
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    ^i agree Russel has that sean penn personality lol
     
  12. psylockolussus Merry Mutant

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    Yes! He's very passionate and appreciative for the role!
     
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    I still remember when the first X-Men came and there was some snippet saying that Russell turned down the offer because he just did Gladiator, and didn't want to do another similar role.
     
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    So he felt that playing a Roman general-***-gladiator in a historical epic was pretty similar to playing a modern day mutant with healing abilities, claws and an adamantium skeleton? I can see his logic there. If I squint :doh:

    Ah I can forgive Crowe anything, he's still a tremendous actor.
     
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    Maybe he meant similar in that he had to play this feroucious character who does violent things. :p
     
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    He would have made an interesting Wolverine though. Definitely has the surly thing going on.
     
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    Russell Crowe is Wolverine.
     
  18. psylockolussus Merry Mutant

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    I'm glad Russell Crowe turned down the offer. I don't see him wanting to play Wolverine for 4 to 7 movies.
     
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    When did Russell Crowe turn it down? Was it before or after Dougray Scott?
     
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    It was before Dougray Scott, some time in late 1998. He chose to do Gladiator, instead. I think the comparison was to Bud White, in LA Confidential, rather than Maximus.

    The casting rumours were covered well on the CA website (which disappeared many years ago) and I remember the one about Crowe thinking the character was too similar to another he'd played but also that his price had gone up to $8m and that was too high for the film's budget of $65m (it later increased to $75m).

    This old AICN story refers to an online chat on 24th September 1998: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/2207?q=node/2207
     
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    Wow. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have cut X-Men 1's budget if they'd has Russel Crowe on board!
     

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