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Welcome to the four hundred and twenty-ninth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and twenty-eight. This week, in honor of his new film, it is an All-Wolverine Edition of Comic Book Legends Revealed! What was the REAL reason why Dougray Scott lost the role of Wolverine in X-Men? Was Apocalypse really behind Weapon X? And how did an unused design for Wolverine’s face lead to Sabretooth’s creation?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: Hugh Jackman got the role of Wolverine due to Dougray Scott being unable to do the role due to an injury.
It is pretty well known that Hugh Jackman was not the original actor cast as Wolverine in 2000’s X-Men…
It was Dougray Scott….
However, there still remains confusion over WHY Scott had to back out. Even Jackman repeats the story that:
Yes, the director, Bryan Singer, originally wanted Dougray Scott, but he got injured and Bryan couldn’t delay forever. I had auditioned for the role. When Bryan called me, they were already shooting. So I did another test and was hired on the spot.
This is PARTIALY true, in the sense that Scott was, indeed, injured on the set of his previous movie, Mission Impossible II, but the injury was a minor one. Scott talked about it a few years ago:
It was one of the easiest shots: I was coming round a corner and I just had to stop the bike. But the seventh time I did it there was some gravel on the road and the front wheel just skidded. I rolled off into the curb and hurt my shoulder, but I stood up. Panicky faces all around me, I tell you, but we didn’t lose any time.
Instead, the simple fact of the matter is that Mission Impossible II took longer to film than intended. Scott was needed on the X-Men set on October 18th 1999 at the very latest. Mission Impossible II continued filming into DECEMBER of that year.
Scott blamed poor weather and director John Woo’s slow filming technique for the delays, but I’ve also seen it argued that the star of the film, Tom Cruise, had some issues with the script, leading to re-shoots well into December.
Whatever the actual reason for the delay on Mission Impossible II, it was NOT that Scott was injured. That much is clear from every contemporary report on the film and everything written about the film since then. The only real place that the “Scott was injured and couldn’t do X-Men” angle has been repeated is Jackman interviews (I assume that Bryan Singer or someone DID tell Jackman that at the time, but they were just mistaken).
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