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Russell Crowe Explains Why He Turned Down Wolverine Role

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In the seventeen years since taking on the role, Hugh Jackman has captivated audiences in his portrayal of Logan Howlett, A.K.A. Wolverine.

But for a period of time, another Australian A-Lister almost took the role.

While cohosting the Australian radio show Fitzy & Wippa, Russell Crowe explained why he turned down the role of Wolverine in 2000's X-Men.

Crowe's character in the film, Maximus, was associated with wolf imagery - something that the actor believed would feel redundant if he took on the role of Wolverine.

So I said no because I didn’t want to be ‘wolfy’, like ‘Mr. Wolf’.".

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