The big change Russell Crowe wanted to make if he'd played Wolverine

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Aug 6, 2013

Before Hugh Jackman landed the part more than a decade ago, director Bryan Singer had another Australian star in mind for Wolverine.

We've known for a while now that Singer's original choice for the role of everyone's favorite clawed mutant was Russell Crowe. That plan didn't work out, and Jackman has since played the part in six films, with a seventh -- Singer's own X-Men: Days of Future Past -- on the way. But why didn't Crowe's casting work out? Speaking this week at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Singer revealed that there was at least one particular reason why Crowe didn't work out as Wolverine, and it was a cosmetic choice the actor wanted to make with the character.

So, what was Crowe's proposed change? According to Singer, he wanted Wolverine to be bald. That's right, Crowe wanted to take a character with one of the most distinctive hairstyles in comics and play him as a bald man. Singer, apparently, didn't agree, and Jackman wound up with the part. 

So even if you're not happy with Jackman in the role, just remember that in an alternate universe somewhere, Russell Crowe is playing Wolverine without hair.


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