Jack­man in­debted to Crowe


HUGH Jack­man has Rus­sell Crowe to thank for his Hol­ly­wood suc­cess as Mar­vel comic hero Wolver­ine.

Thanks to the Gla­di­a­tor ac­tor turn­ing down the lead role, Jack­man was called in to play the mu­tant su­per­hero in the X-Men fran­chise.

“Bryan (Singer, X-Men di­rec­tor) was a friend at the time and he was putting the pres­sure on,” the star said. But Crowe said his Gla­di­a­tor char­ac­ter’s as­so­ci­a­tion with wolves turned him off the idea. “If you re­mem­ber, Max­imus has a wolf at the cen­tre of his cuirass, and he has a wolf as his com­pan­ion ... which I thought was go­ing to be a big­ger deal [at the time],” he ex­plained. “So I said no, be­cause I didn’t want to be ‘wolfy’, like ‘Mr Wolf’.”

While Singer was dis­ap­pointed, he came around to his rec­om­men­da­tion of Jack­man for the role.

But it turned out the whole drama was over noth­ing — most of Crowe’s ‘wolf mo­ments’ in Gla­di­a­tor were left on the cut­ting room floor.

One per­son who’s not dis­ap­pointed with how things turned out is Jack­man.

“Rus­sell (Crowe) has given me ad­vice sev­eral times at key mo­ments in my life,” he said. “I owe him be­cause two of the big­gest roles I’ve ever had in my life, he turned down — and sug­gested me.”

Hugh Jack­man as the iconic X-Men char­ac­ter, Wolver­ine. Inset, Rus­sell Crowe

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