Wolverine is one of the most famous superhero characters of all-time. As a key member of the X-Men, Wolverine was set to be in many feature films heading into the 2000s. It was important to find the right fit for the character, and many agree that Hugh Jackman was a good choice, especially after playing Wolverine in so many movies.
Jackman wasn’t the first choice, however. Instead, it was fellow Australian actor Russell Crowe that was being considered for the role. Crowe was offered the part, but turned it down because he thought Wolverine was a wolfman, and didn’t want to be typecast. He explained that his character in “Gladiator” had a wolf.
“I said no, because I didn’t want to be ‘Wolfy the general’ and then ‘Wolfy the other bloke,’ like now I’m Mr. Wolfman. I can do only movies that have something to do with wolves.” Crowe didn’t understand the character that has nothing to do with wolves. He wasn’t the only one confused at first, though. Jackman also admitted that he also thought the character was wolf related, not knowing the character, and even researching facts about wolves before shooting started.