6. Plucking Hugh Jackman Out of Obscurity to Play Wolverine
Jackman had picked up TV, stage and film credits in his native Australia and England, but he was virtually unknown in the U.S. when Bryan Singer cast him as Wolverine in the first X-Men, replacing original choice Dougray Scott. Not only did Jackman begin one of the most successful runs as a single character since Sean Connery played James Bond; the films have allowed him to become a bona fide A-list movie star. Jackman remains committed to Wolverine for at least another two films — and still brings his A-game every time.