Hugh Jackman only got the role of Wolverine after being turned down by Russell Crowe. The actor himself spoke about this in an interview with an Australian radio station.
“Director Brian Singer invited Russell to play Wolverine. But he refused, since he had just finished movieing Gladiator. He said, “This isn't for me, but you’ll take a closer look at this guy,” Jackman said.
Recall that the actor played a superhero in several movies. At the time of this writing, the shooting of The Wolverine, which is due out in 2013, was going on.
The Topic of Article: Hugh Jackman cast as Wolverine under Russell Crowe's patronage.