10 Facts You Need to Know About Wolverine
3. COMIC BOOK WOLVERINE PROBABLY DOESN’T LOOK MUCH LIKE HUGH JACKMAN
For many people, Hugh Jackman embodies Wolverine. But Jackman probably has little in common physically with the originally conceived Wolverine, who was supposed to be short and stocky. At 5’3″, Wolverine is one of the shortest characters in the Marvel Universe. Before Logan’s skeleton bonded to the adamantium, he weighed 195 pounds. Post-adamantium, the 5’3″ Wolverine weighed in at 300 pounds.
During filming, different angles are used to make the 6’2″ actor appear shorter. But Jackman wasn’t actually the first choice to depict Wolverine. Bryan Singer originally offered the part to 6’0″ Russell Crowe, who turned the role down. Dougray Scott was then cast in the part, but scheduling conflicts forced him to leave three weeks into filming, and Jackman was brought on at the last minute.
The late Bob Hoskins, who was lined up to play Wolverine in James Cameron’s X-Men movie that ultimately never happened, is the almost-Wolverine actor (so far) who’s had the strongest resemblance to the character in his classic comic book form.