Russell Crowe felt ''insulted'' after being asked to audition for 'Deadpool 2'.

The 54-year-old actor - who is famously known for not reading for any of his roles - was asked to read for the part of Cable by creator Rob Leifeld, who subsequently regretted the move.

Speaking to Collider, Leifield said: ''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!'''

However, the comic book writer was left red-faced after being told that the 'Gladiator' star was in no way interested in his offer.

He continued: ''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.''

But the duo appear to have patched things up after Liefield apologised for his tweet, saying it was ''poorly worded'' and that he was a ''huge fan'' of the Hollywood actor.

The part eventually went to 'Avengers: Infinity War' star Josh Brolin, who recently admitted to not being a fan of his performance in the film.

Speaking about his performance in 'Deadpool 2', he said: ''I do like the way it turned out. But I thought I could have been better ... I literally want to redeem myself to myself. I want to do a better version of what I do.''