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There are actors who have become legends as superheroes. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Christian Bale as Batman, Christopher Reeve as Superman, Toby McGuire as Spider-Man, Linda Carter as Wonder Woman, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Jackman, starting with the 2000 film <X-Men>, he played the role in almost every 3 years in <X-Men 2>, <X-Men: The Last Stand>, <X-Men Origins: Wolverine>, <X-Men: First Class>, <The Wolverine>, and <X-Men: Days of Future Past>. He gets the first credit for the success of the X-Men series, and is a living legend of X-Men and Wolverine.
But aside from his acting ability, looking at his appearance, Jackman was an unimaginable actor who would fit in with Wolverine. Because Wolverine in the original comic book is relatively small compared to other X-Men heroes with the height of 5’3″ and weighs 194 lbs and weighs 300 lbs with Adamantium injected, while Hugh Jackman was 6’2″ tall and slim. Thus Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee, who dreamed of X-Men motion pictures with Chris Claremont, the representative author of the X-Men film, expected quite a different appearance from Hugh Jackman when he was meeting Hollywood’s major producers and directors in the 1990s.
They had taken Bob Huskins, who had won the Best Actor Award at the Golden Globe and Cannes Film Festival with the movie <Mona Lisa(1987)> and gathered a lot of expectations with <Who Framed Roger Rabbit(1988)>, <Hook(1991)>, and <Super Mario(1993)>, as the best actor for Wolverine. If the story was well solved at that time, it might have been the X-man movie that Bob Hoskins was playing Wolverine with director James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow.
Among the characters mentioned as Wolverine in the mid-1990s was Glenn Danzig of the punk band Misfits. However, Danzig declined to appear in the film because he had no acting experience and the band was even scheduled for a world tour. In the late ’90s, Edward Norton was offered the role of Wolverine for his impressive performances, including <Primal Fear (1996)>, <American History X (1998)>, and <Fight Club (1999)>. Norton was also offered the lead role in several comic-based films, but finally, he chose <The Incredible Hulk(2008)>.
Russell Crowe, who starred as Superman’s father Joe-El in the Man of Steel, is also an actor who almost played Wolverine. When Brian Singer was confirmed to be the director of the X-Men movie, the actor who he had been watching was Russell Crowe. The year 2000-2001 was the heyday of Russell Crowe, filming <Fruff of Life (2000)>, <Gladiator (2000)> and <Beautiful Mind (2001)>. When Wolverine was proposed, he had just finished filming the Gladiator and thought the image of his role as the warrior Maximus and Wolverine of the X-Men were similar, so rejected it. And he ended up playing John Nash in Beautiful Mind, a genius mathematician, not a fighter.
The person named for the role of Wolverine next to Russell Crowe was Scottish actor Doug Scott. At that time, he was playing the terrorist Sean Ambrose in <Mission Impossible 2 (2000)> and had to give up the role of Wolverine due to the delay in filming the film. This got Hugh Jackman to play Wolverine.
The fans’ response to the news that Jackman was cast was first of all, worried that his tall height was out of line with Wolverine’s small height, and second, that whether he, from Australia, could play the role of a Canadian. The second of these concerns was not just about discrimination against the region from which the actor came, but about a deeper story.
In 1989, an X-Men animated series called <Pryde of X-Men> was aired, Wolverine used an Australian accent and fans complained. However, Neil Ross, the voice actor who played Wolverine, was not even from Australia. This was the case. Since Australian films, including the <Mad Max> series and the <Crockerdale Dundee> series, were gaining popularity at the time, there was an attempt of fashion-catching move that to change the setting of Wolverine, like it turned out that in fact Wolverine was a tough guy from Australia. Although the animation did not turn Wolverine into Australian, fans who love Wolverine’s birth story from Canada were worried that the origin of Wolverine might change due to the use of Australian accents one day, and the anxiety erupted with the casting of Australian actor Hugh Jackman.
But like the height issue, Hugh Jackman’s acting and the big success of the film all but wiped out these concerns. Fans, who initially claimed that he could not be accepted as a Wolverine, also changed their stance to 180 degrees, saying, “There is no actor in this world that is more suited to Wolverine than Hugh Jackman.”