What’s the best way to insult an A-list celebrity? Ask him to read for a role, I guess. I know, it sounds petty…and it is…but don’t let that stop you from thinking that it’s possible.
On the heels of the successful release of Deadpool in 2016, fans eagerly awaited who Fox would cast in the role of Cable. The post-credits scene from the film teased at a Mel Gibson-like actor taking on the role, but even they acknowledged they had no one in mind. Cut to Rob Liefeld, creator of Deadpool and the franchise’s biggest cheerleader, who was undoubtedly thrilled at the prospect of realizing Cable for the big screen. Apparently, his excitement regarding the casting led him to send one ill-fated tweet.
“Then 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.”
If anything else, this shows just where Liefeld is coming from. Like us, the dude is just as much a fan as anyone else. He is enthusiastic and has a hard time keeping it in, so much so that he inadvertently wades into “taboo” territory.
Personally, it just goes to show just how fragile the egos are of some of the talent in Hollywood, and while Crowe is undeniably a great actor, I wish he would just chill the hell out. But what do I know?
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