The two co-stars of the much anticipated French Revolutionary epic, Les Miserables, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman are great friends and more linked to our favourite grumpy Canuck than we ever knew. It turns out that Russell Crowe was originally offered the role of Wolverine by director Bryan Singer, but having just completed Gladiator he fancied something different. In an interview with Australian radio station Triple M 104.9FM, (found by Yahoo) Jackman said,
“Bryan Singer asked Rusty [we assume Crowe] to do Wolverine, and he said, ‘Nah mate I’ve just done ‘Gladiator’, it’s not for me but you should look at this guy…’ “
and the rest is history. Jackman’s portrayal of the role has gone on to be iconic, appearing in the X-Men trilogy, spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine and a fantastic cameo in X-Men: First Class. We look forward to seeing him again in The Wolverine, his upcoming adventure in Japan. Until then keep your eyes peeled for the mutton chop master in Les Miserables, due to hit screens on January 11th.