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Russell Crowe
 Roles turned down by Russell Crowe:

About a Boy
Russell Crowe was considered for the role of Will.
Actor who got the part: Hugh Grant

The Alamo (2004)
Ron Howard was originally attached to direct the Alamo with Russell Crowe on board.
Actor who got the part: Dennis Quaid

Australia
Russell Crowe was originally attached as the male lead.
Actor who got the part: Hugh Jackman

Chopper
Mushroom films was attempting to woo Russell Crowe for the title role, they even went so far as to release a single from his band in an attempt to get him to sign. Russell however, cracked the big time after 'The Quick and the Dead' and went to the States instead leaving the role to Eric Bana.
Actor who got the part: Eric Bana

Collateral
Crowe was supposedly considered to play the lead role of Vincent.
Actor who got the part: Tom Cruise

The Da Vinci Code
Crowe was considered for the role of Robert Langdon.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Enchanted
Crowe turned down the part of Prince Edward, because a lighthearted character would blow his career.
Actor who got the part: James Marsden

Eucalyptus
Crowe & Kidman were supposed to star in this low-budget Aussie pic but the project was postponed due to script problems.
Actor who got the part: Project Never Got Made

The Fountain
Was considered to replace Brad Pitt when Pitt dropped out to do "Troy" instead.
Actor who got the part: Hugh Jackman

Gods and Generals
Crowe was first choice for the role of Stonewall Jackson.
Actor who got the part: Stephen Lang

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Crowe supposedly turned down the role of Aragon because 3 movies was too big of a commitment. He did A Beautiful Mind instead.
Actor who got the part: Vigo Mortensen

The Matrix
Russell Crowe turned down the role of Morpheus.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Fishburne

Shakespeare in Love
Crowe has stated that he was offered the part by Harvey Weinstein if he would sign on for a package deal of 4 films. Crowe refused but continued to lobby for the part of Shakespeare.
Actor who got the part: Joseph Fiennes

Sweeney Todd
Russell was considered for the title role when Sam Mendes was attached to direct a film of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical.
Actor who got the part: Johnny Depp

X-Men
Considered for the role of Wolverine.






Did you know that Russell Crowe was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» American Gangster
» A Beautiful Mind
» Cinderella Man
» Gladiator
» The Insider
» L.A. Confidential
» Proof of Life
» Robin Hood
» State of Play






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