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Viggo Mortensen turned down Wolverine role because he ‘didn’t want to be doing X-Men for years’

Viggo Mortensen turned down the role of Wolverine in X-Men because he was ‘nervous’ about committing to an entire franchise.

The actor, 62, joked that he ended up starring as Aragorn in three Lord of the Rings films from 1999 to 2003, totally contradicting himself.

Speaking on the podcast Happy Sad Confused, he explained his son Henry also wasn’t feeling the role as he didn’t like the way the character looked.

‘The thing that bothered me at the time was just the commitment of endless movies of that same character over and over’, he said.

‘There were some things, I mean they straightened most of them out, but I did take Henry to the meeting I had with the director [Singer] as my sort of good luck charm and guide.

‘I did let Henry read the script and he goes, “This is wrong. That’s not how it is.”‘

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Viggo went on to play Aragorn in Lord of the Rings shortly after turning down the part (Picture: New Line Cinema)

After meeting with the producers, along with Henry, he explained to his son that it didn’t change his mind.

The Green Book star continued: ‘We walked out of there, and Henry asks if [the filmmakers] will change the things he told him about, and I say, “I don’t think so. I’m not going to do it anyway, because I’m not sure I want to be doing this for years.

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Hugh Jackman went on to make the role his own across seven films (Picture: Twentieth Century Fox)

‘And then a couple of years later I’m doing three Lord of the Rings, so who knows.’

Australian actor Hugh Jackman ended up making the role his own across seven films from 2000 until 2017.


Credit: Original article published here.

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