Like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? You should thank Russell Crowe

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Jan 14, 2013, 1:38 PM EST

To be the most popular big-screen member of the X-Men, it's crazy to think that Hugh Jackman wasn't always the first choice to play Wolverine. So who do we have to thank for getting him the gig? Russell Crowe.

With Crowe riding the wave from epic action hit Gladiator in the early 2000s, original X-Men director Bryan Singer offered the actor first dibs on Wolverine. He wasn't all that interested, but he did have an idea of who'd be perfect for the role.

In a recent interview with an Australian radio station, Jackman explained how it all went down:

"Bryan Singer asked Rusty [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...'

He's a great guy in every way, I have so much time for him and to watch him work, everyone says he is a great actor, when you actually get to work with someone like that... He's that good when it matters, in that moment, in that close up tough moment, you just sit back and watch you know someone's got that confidence and is going to deliver. I learnt a lot from him."

Of course, thanks to Crowe's recommendation, Jackman eventually got the part, and he's been kicking evil mutant ass ever since.

What do you think? Do you like Jackman's take on the character, or would you have liked to see Crowe sporting adamantium and muttonchops?

(Via Yahoo!)