Russell Crowe is revealing why he decided to turn down a role in the Lord of the Rings series.
The 55-year-old actor made an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, where he discussed turning down the role of Aragorn, which eventually went to Viggo Mortensen.
“Because I didn’t think Peter Jackson actually wanted me on the film. Because I think he was forced into talking to me because there was a moment in time when everybody wanted me in everything and he’s a fellow New Zealander and so I can hear his voice. I’m talking to him on the phone and it’s like, I didn’t think he even knows what I’ve done and I just knew that my instinct was that he had somebody else in mind, which turned out to be Viggo and he should be allowed to hire the actor that he wants,” he explained.
He also said he doesn’t have any regrets about his choice, and only ever thinks about missing out on the paycheck when it’s brought up in interviews.
Watch him explain inside…