I was in high school when the first X-Men movie came out. Back then, I was upset that Hugh Jackman was chosen to play Wolverine, arguably the poster child for the X-Men franchise. I was upset that, rather than someone stubby, muscular and intimidating actor, a tall and lanky Aussie that is honestly too handsome to play the fierce Canadian was chosen. It’s been more than ten years since I graduated high school and I am still upset.
Over that period, Jackman has played a prominent role in five X-Men movies and one standalone Wolverine movie. He has become sort of a big deal, so much so that by the third X-Men film, it seems he was playing himself more than the action hero. As much as the average moviegoer has become accustomed to him, he is not an has never been the ideal Wolverine.
For starters, Wolverine doesn’t get women dropping their panties using his good looks. No, he is able to get into their pants because he’s a badass. He is a rugged and homely man-animal with ‘issues’ — a psychotic prone to “berserker rages.” Jackman, on the other hands, is simply too handsome and domesticated. As hard as the directors tried to downplay his good-looks, they failed!
And then there is the height issue. Somehow the butch midget that comic book fans grew up with has grown 6 foot tall. Got milk? No matter how much Jackman bulks up or how hard he tries to look angry and fierce, it doesn’t work. Heck, his Wolverine is taller and better looking than Cyclops in the films!
Hugh Jackman had a good run with the adamantium-clawed superhero, but he will retire the role very soon, providing an opportunity for Fox to do a proper real-live Wolverine. As for who I want to see take over, anyone. That’s right, anyone, so a long he scrubby, butch and not overly tall and handsome. As for the acting, how hard is to put on an anger face?
Who do you want to see play Wolverine? Better yet, what qualities should an actor have in order to do him justice? Share your thoughts.