Hugh Jackman landed Wolverine role thanks to Russell Crowe

Crowe turned down the part in the first 'X-Men' movie, but recommended Jackman instead

Hugh Jackman has revealed that Russell Crowe helped him to land his signature role as Wolverine.

While casting the original X-Men movie back in 2000, director Bryan Singer apparently offered the part to Crowe – who turned it down, but recommended Jackman instead.

In an Australian radio interview reported by WorstPreviews, Jackman explained: “Bryan Singer asked [Crowe] to do Wolverine. And he said, ‘Nah, I’ve just done ‘Gladiator,’ it’s not for me, but you should look at this guy…'”

Jackman has gone on to make five appearances as Wolverine in X-Men films, including an uncredited cameo in 2011’s X-Men: First Class. He is set to reprise the role in a spin-off movie called The Wolverine, due next July (2013).

Before then, Jackman and Crowe will be seen together in the new film adaptation of Les Misérables, which opens on January 11. The musical movie had its first screening in New York last Friday (November 23) and apparently earned a standing ovation. You can watch the trailer at the bottom of this article.