It’s hard to imagine anyone else other than Hugh Jackman (aka Huge Jacked Man) playing Wolverine in the X-Men films. The man grabbed hold of the role and absolutely ran with it, churning out some OK, to not-so-great, to bad, to an ultimately amazing film about everyone’s favorite grumpy mutant.
And although the role absolutely belongs to Hugh, even if he admits he’s “too tall” to play the muscular little harbinger of death, it wasn’t always Jackman’s role. That’s right, Fox originally pegged Dougray Scott for the role.
If you’re trying to remember who Scott is, he’s the handsome Scotsman who played the main villain in Mission Impossible 2. Watch him dramatically grab this scarf from blowing away in the wind.
He also had a motorcycle duel with Tom Cruise in the movie, but let’s not dwell on that awesomeness too much.
It was, in fact, Scott’s shoots in Mission Impossible 2 that went over schedule, and ultimately cost him the role of Wolverine. Hugh was there to nab it and now, over 17 years later, the man has left a cinematic legacy that’s basically defined his career and earned both himself and production companies a lot of money.
Jackman went on to talk about someone else taking up the claws as Wolverine, and hopes that when that time comes he’s able to let go of the role gracefully.
As for Scott, although he’s not a household name like Jackman, the actor’s had a career of consistent work in some cool projects, including the Netflix Werewolf series Hemlock Grove. Currently he’s in a new adaptation of The Woman in White, gothic TV mini-series. Although it’s easy to sit around and wonder what could have been, Scott doesn’t seem to allow himself to get too worked up over missing out on the role, chalking it up to it being the nature of the business.
At least he was a good sport about it!