Russell CroweHugh Jackman In the seventeen years since taking on the role, Hugh Jackman has captivated audiences in his portrayal of Logan Howlett, A.K.A. Wolverine. But for a period of time, another Australian A-Lister almost took the role. While cohosting the Australian radio show Fitzy & Wippa, Russell Crowe explained why he turned down the role of Wolverine in 2000's X-Men. Crowe's character in the film, Maximus, was associated with wolf imagery - something that the actor believed would feel redundant if he took on the role of Wolverine. So I said no because I didn’t want to be ‘wolfy’, like ‘Mr. Wolf’."