During the casting stage of X-Men, director Bryan Singer met with Viggo Mortensen to discuss the possibility of embodying the role of Wolverine.
Until that moment, the actor of the saga ‘The Lord of the Rings’ had not broken into Hollywood in any work of great weight (‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ was released a year after the first ‘X-Men’), but He had appeared in films such as ‘Red Tide’, ‘Trapped by his past’ and ‘Portrait of a lady’.
Asked recently in the podcast “Happy Sad Confused”, Mortensen explained what it is that discouraged him from playing the famous mutant character.
” What bothered me at the time was just the commitment to endless movies of that same character over and over again. I was nervous about it. And there were some things too … I mean they had most of them figured out, but I carried Henry (his son, who knew about comics) to the meeting I had with the director as my kind of good luck charm and guide. “
” In the back of my mind, I was thinking that he might learn something too, because I let Henry read the script and he said, ‘This is wrong, it’s not like that.
According to Mortensen, Singer began to “fall in love with himself” when his son pointed out inconsistencies with the original Marvel comics. ” The rest of the meeting was him explaining in detail to Henry why he was taking certain liberties, ” he revealed.
In the end, as you know, Hugh Jackman stuck with the role of Wolverine and developed it over 17 years and nine films, and Mortensen acknowledged that the Australian ” did very well. I’m sure nobody could imagine anyone doing better than him. ” And anyway, Mortensen hasn’t fared badly afterward either. Just a year later he became Aragorn in the Peter Jackson saga.
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