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OTRC: Hugh Jackman talks Russell Crowe, says he owes him for role of Wolverine

Hugh Jackman talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com at the Hollywood premiere of 'Real Steel.' / The 'Les Miserables' musical logo. / Russell Crowe talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com in 2010. (OTRC)

Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe may be appearing side by side in one of the year's most highly-antipated films, "Les Miserables," but Jackman says that he owes Crowe for some of his other big roles.

The actor, who is largely known for his role as Wolverine in the cult comic franchise "X-Men," told Entertainment Weekly that thanks to "Gladiator" actor Crowe's generosity, he was able to nab two of the biggest roles of his career.

"Russell and I actually became very close friends," Jackman explained to Entertainment Weekly on November 21. "We were good friends before. We knew each other a lot. And Russell has given me advice several times at key moments in my life that helped with my career. I also owe him because two of the biggest roles I've ever had in my life, he turned down - and suggested me for them."

"On 'X-Men,' he was Bryan Singer's first choice for Wolverine, and he mentioned me also for 'Australia,'" he continued. "He really is incredibly smart, and generous. It was a joy to work with him. The whole cast it was a great sense of ensemble. We all had that feeling it was going to take everything."

Jackman, 44, stars alongside Crowe, 48, in the upcoming musical drama film "Les Miserables." The film is set to showcase a slew of stars portraying the famous musical's characters such as Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfriend, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

In the highly-anticipated film, Crowe will play Inspector Javert, a stern lawman who spends years hunting down Jackman's character, Jean Valjean, a man who stole bread to feed his family and escapes jail and his past. Valjean rescues an impoverished orphan girl and joins a group of student revolutionaries in 19th century France but spends his life trying to find redemption.

Tom Hooper, director of the Oscar-winning film "The King's Speech," will helm the new "Les Miserables" movie, which will be distributed by Universal Pictures and is set for release on Dec. 25, 2012.

See the trailer for "Les Miserables" below.

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