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The opportunity to play a character in a Marvel movie would, normally, be met with plenty of enthusiasm and resounding levels of positivity.
However, not all actors are on the same level, and some are held in such high regards in the industry that they simply don’t need to audition for a part.
So is the story surrounding Rob Liefeld and Russell Crowe, when the former made the mistake of asking the Australian actor if he’d like to audition for the role of Cable in Deadpool 2.
As told by Liefeld himself at a Las Vegas Comic-Con panel (and broadcast by Collider);
“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!’
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.”
Poor Rob. Whilst the role of Cable ultimately went to Josh Brolin, it could have been very different. Who knows if Crowe would have been a good fit for the part, but, he certainly missed out on a good thing as Crowe’s last movie, The Mummy, did not fare as well as Deadpool 2.