Russell Crowe Turned Down Wolverine Because He Didn't Want To Be "Mr. Wolf"
It's easy to forget these days, but for a brief spell during the early '00s, Russell Crowe was the world's biggest movie star -- so much so that noted cinephile Osama bin Laden plotted to kidnap him in order to, no shit, destabilize America. (He eventually backed down, figuring Crowe was doing a good enough job on his own.)
The thing is, Crowe could have ended up being an even bigger deal for nerds everywhere ... if it wasn't for some weird hang-up about wolves. In an interview, Crowe revealed that he was offered first dibs on a role for a movie his pal Bryan Singer was putting together: some guy called "Wolverine," who had forks for hands or something. So why did Crowe decline? Because, as he explained, he'd recently finished filming Gladiator, in which he played a character who had a pet wolf and wolf-themed armor, and he didn't want to be typecast as "Mr. Wolf."
To be fair, that's a really good poin- oh, the pet wolf stuff wasn't in the final cut of Gladiator? Oops.
According to Singer, Crowe was willing to play Wolverine, but only if the character was bald (presumably they would have given Professor X mutton chops to balance it out). The silver lining here is that in his rejection, Crowe recommended Hugh Jackman, which means he deserves a little credit for the success of X-Men and thus the superhero film genre in general. All of which probably means a lot less to him than the knowledge that no one, anywhere, has ever called him "Mr. [Any Animal]."
John Krasinski Knew He Wasn't Captain America Material After Seeing Chris Hemsworth's Bod
In becoming iconic action hero Jack Ryan and slightly-less-iconic action hero Guy Who Knows American Sign Language, John Krasinski seems to have shaken off spending the rest of his life being best-known as noted psychopath Jim Halpert from The Office.
But the thing is, he could've done this waaay sooner if not for two huge reasons: Chris Hemsworth's pecs.
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