There were nods throughout the session to Jackman as Wolverine and Crowe's turn in "Gladiator," a subtle tell that the idea of seeing actors in new guises will be a cornerstone of the movie’s campaign. Perhaps anticipating some skepticism, Hooper went to some lengths to describe Crowe’s singing background and why he cast the bearded one. “Who am I going to cast to get the better of Wolverine?” he said. “It's a short list and Russell was right on the top." Then he said that Crowe was “passionate about singing” and had a musical theater background in Sydney. (LA Times)
Hugh Jackman has revealed that his “Les Miserables” co-star, Russell Crowe, was the original choice for the role of “X-Men” character Wolverine.
“Russell has given me advice several times at key moments in my life that helped with my career. I also owe him because two of the biggest roles I’ve ever had in my life, he turned down – and suggested me for them,” the actor told Entertainment Weekly in a new interview with the mag, to promote “Les Miserbales.” (Acccess Hollywood)
Speaking for the first time about Crowe's decision to exit the club, co-captain Michael Crocker thanked the Hollywood actor for his contribution to Redfern. (Courier Mail)