Russell Crowe recently, two major movie roles that he missed out on.
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Russell Crowe starred in numerous films and won two Oscars, but the actor would have been even more wealthy, and more popular, and if he had said yes to the roll-in, two very large movie franchises.
In a recent interview with Howard Stern on his radio show, The Howard Stern Show” on Wednesday, the 55-year-old opened up about why he passed on playing Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s the Lord of the Rings” film series and the Wolverine in the “X-men” franchise.
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“I didn’t know that [director] Peter Jackson really wanted to be in the movie, and I think that he was being forced into a conversation with me,” Crowe announced. “There was a point in time where everyone wanted to be in it.”
“He’s a fellow New Zealander; I can hear his voice. I’m talking to him on the phone. And it is, I don’t think he knows even what I have done. My instinct was that he had someone else in mind, which turned out to be Viggo Mortensen. And he can hire the actor he wants to be,” he added.
Stern is mentioned in the potential deal, Crowe has been offered a 10 per cent, of the gross box-office performance for “the Lord of the Rings,” would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars as a franchise, a profit of more than $3 billion.
“Never thought of that,” Crowe told Stern about the huge payout. “Only in certain situations, such as interviews, where the people are friendly and helpful enough s–t to me.”
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Crowe also talked about the passing of “the Wolverine” — another blockbuster role, which ultimately went to Hugh Jackson.
“There is no way I would have been able to do,” Crowe admitted. “Even if I had done the film, I wouldn’t have done it with grace, and in the direction in which it Was and gave it a go.”