Hugh Jackman Says He Was Almost Fired From Wolverine Role

Hugh Jackman stars as Wolverine in Logan (2017).
Hugh Jackman stars as Wolverine in Logan (2017).
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Of the nearly 60 roles Hugh Jackman has played over the past quarter-century, the character he's most famous for is the X-Men's Wolverine. In fact, earlier this year, the Oscar-nominated actor even cinched a Guinness World Record for Longest Serving Marvel Hero—an honor he shares with X-Men co-star Patrick Stewart. (Both men have spent more than 16 years of their careers as part of the superhero team.) But according to Jackman, that amazing legacy almost never came to be. The famed actor recently revealed that he came very close to being fired from 2000's X-Men.

According to We Got This Covered, Jackman—who was in London earlier this week for a stop on his concert tour The Man. The Music. The Show.—spoke about some of the low points in his career. He said that he was almost let go from the Marvel role, and that it was his wife who encouraged him to stop worrying so much and just follow his gut:

"I was told that things weren’t really working out as they hoped. I was about to get fired from my first Hollywood movie—the biggest of my career. I was angry, I went home to my wife and I complained. I was whining an Olympic level of whining to Deb, my wife, and moaning about this person and that person. She listened to me very patiently for about an hour and finally she just said, 'Listen, I think you have just got to trust yourself. You are worrying way too much about what everyone else is thinking. Just go back to the character, focus on that, trust your instinct ... you’ve got this.' To me that was love. Someone that believes in you when you don’t fully believe in yourself."

Amazingly, X-Men was only Jackman's third role in a feature film, and his first Hollywood movie. And, as We Got This Covered points out, the actor was not the studio’s first choice to play Wolverine. Fox had originally wanted Scottish actor Dougray Scott for the role, but Scott had too many scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible II. This was good news for Jackman, but it clearly still wasn’t easy at the beginning.

The next X-Men film, Dark Phoenix, opens in theaters on June 7, but don’t expect to see Wolverine in it: Jackman retired his role with 2017’s Logan.

The 8 Best Horror Movies to Stream on Hulu Right Now

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Looking for a good scare this Halloween season? If you’re a Hulu subscriber, you’ll be able to get your fill of creepy content. Check out eight of the best horror movies currently streaming on the service.

1. Hellraiser (1987)

Horror author Clive Barker made the move to feature directing with this tale of a man (Sean Chapman) who makes the grievous error of opening a portal to hell and proceeds to make his brother’s family targets of the sadistic Cenobites, led by Pinhead (Doug Bradley). Don’t bother with the endless sequels; the original is the best (and goriest) of the lot.

2. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Paranoia runs deep in this remake of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). In the ‘70s iteration, Donald Sutherland plays a health inspector who can’t shake the feeling that people around him seem a little off. He soon grows wise to the reality that aliens are walking among us as virtual human replicas. Naturally, they’re not keen on being discovered.

3. A Quiet Place (2018)

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star as a couple living in a world terrorized by creatures that hunt by sound. Their largely-silent existence means every stray creak, cry, or noise threatens to expose them to the monsters—a danger that's only compounded when Blunt discovers she’s pregnant.

4. The Orphanage (2007)

A sense of dread looms over The Orphanage, a Spanish-language thriller with Belén Rueda as Laura, who returns to the child care facility that raised her so she can make a difference for a new generation of children. Strange things begin as soon as she arrives, with her son going missing and hints of unwelcome guests unraveling her nerves. It’s a film best not watched alone.

5. Event Horizon (1997)

If 1979’s Alien stirred your interest in space scares, Event Horizon might make for a worthwhile watch. After a spaceship presumed lost suddenly reappears, a crew of investigators (Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne) board to find answers.

6. Children of the Corn (1984)

A couple (Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton) passing through a small rural town find a lack of adult supervision curious—until the kids reveal themselves to be homicidal cult members. Based on a Stephen King short story.

7. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)

Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi perfected “splatstick” horror in this cult classic about hapless boob Ash (Campbell) who escapes to a remote cabin retreat with girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler) and unwittingly unleashes a cascade of evil. Though it’s more amusing than scary, Raimi’s inventive imagery is morbidly fascinating.

8. Child’s Play (1988)

Good mom Catherine Hicks buys a Good Guys doll for her son, Andy. Unfortunately, the doll—dubbed Chucky—has been possessed by the spirit of a serial killer (Brad Dourif) and proceeds to make young Andy’s life miserable, particularly after he discovers the kitchen cutlery.

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