Don’t be asking Russell Crowe to audition for your new movie. Because he won’t take it very well.
Rob Leifeld, the comic book writer and creator of Deadpool, found this out to his cost last year, he’s revealed.
Perhaps excited about the onset of production of Deadpool 2, he decided to turn casting director, only to discover that one doesn’t simply ask Russell Crowe to read for a part.
“One night before I went to bed, I didn’t know Russell Crowe was on Twitter, and I stupidly tweeted to Russell Crowe – not ever thinking he’d answer me – and I go ‘Hey Russell, you should read for Cable!’,” he told Collider.
“That didn’t turn out very well, I got yelled at a lot, because I woke up – because he’s in Australia – to Russell Crowe saying ‘Read for it?!’ And my manager said ‘Yeah, Russell Crowe doesn’t read for parts Rob, you kind of insulted him’.
“I’m like ‘I’m sorry! They just haven’t picked Cable yet so I’m just putting it out there.’ And then my phone rings, so some Fox people may or may not have yelled at me for an hour.”
Josh Brolin ended up bagging the role, and did some sterling work as the cyborg warrior.
But might Russell have brought some additional antipodean charm to the part?
Looks like we’ll never know.