Hugh Jackman Says Early Drafts of 'Logan' Included Sabretooth
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Unlike X-Men: Apocalypse, which could cut out half its characters and still have more than enough, Logan was a much smaller film with a smaller amount of mutants. But there was originally some room in the script for Wolverine's brother, at first.
Speaking to Collider about the Logan Blu-ray release this week, Hugh Jackman spoke a little about Sabretooth, who appeared in the not-so-good X-Men Origins: Wolverine played by Liev Schrieber. But while the movie may have bombed, it wasn't because of Schrieber's gritty acting (the movie's boring story played a bigger role), and both Jackman and Logan director James Mangold had toyed with bringing him back:
"Jim and I did talk about it. For my money, he [Schrieber] was the best thing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I thought Ryan [Reynolds] made a lot out of his bit for it. I was always like 'That would be so cool' and the original script for X-Men Origins was a much smaller movie. We were sort of toying with the idea, in a way, of what we ended up doing with Logan - it was going to be a movie about these two brothers. Then different circumstances came in and the movie all of a sudden became twice the size, we had a big release date, and it was all of that."
For what it's worth, Schrieber was a great Sabretooth, or "Victor Creed" as he was called in Origins. He wasn't as charming as Ryan Reynolds' breakout performance as Deadpool, but had X-Men Origins: Wolverine been a better film, Sabretooth would be a much more fondly remembered X-Men villain. And he did almost appear in Logan, where he could have had a better chance to shine. Jackman continues:
"Oh no, there was a script stage. There was a story point where they go to Vegas, you know how they go to the Oklahoma casino? They go there and at this point Sabretooth is running like a major casino and really, really wealthy, and really kind of runs a town, and sort of respectable in a way but is still himself. That idea was thrown around, I forgot about that."
While the finished version of Logan came out to raving reviews (our glowing review was among them), it still could have been a nice moment. But again, if Logan had brought in too many characters then it would have risked turning into Apocalypse, so it's hard to fault Mangold for dropping a scene that would be difficult to add in. A similar scene involving Wolverine and Charles Xavier reminiscing about Jean Grey was cut for a similar reason.
And while it sounds like this never had a serious shot at being in the movies, there was another Wolverine and Sabretooth moment that Jackman would have enjoyed:
"The other idea that I always loved was the idea in the comics that every year on Logan's birthday, his brother comes and beats the crap out of him. I just thought that was such a cool, very fun idea and very in keeping to those characters. His birthday present was just a beating and that's the only time he sees him (laughs). I kept saying, 'Jim can we put that in?' and he goes 'Eh this is not that movie.' But anyway."
Logan comes out on Blu-ray on May 23, 2017, and will include a black-and-white version of the movie called Logan Noir.