Actor Hugh Jackman revealed that he was almost fired from the first X-Men film, as the studio was not pleased with his performance as Wolverine. The actor had played the Marvel superhero in eight films over 17 years, finally retiring from the franchise with the 2017 film Logan.
He revealed in a recent interview, "I was told that things weren’t really working out as they hoped. I was about to get fired from my first Hollywood movie - the biggest of my career. I was angry, I went home to my wife and I complained. I was whinging an Olympic level of whinging to Deb, my wife, and moaning about this person and that person."
Hugh added, "She listened to me very patiently for about an hour and finally, she just said, Listen, I think you have just got to trust yourself. You are worrying way too much about what everything else is thinking. Just go back to the character, focus on that, trust your instinct... you’ve got this. To me, that was love. Someone that believes in you when you don’t fully believe in yourself."
The star was hired for the role of Wolverine after the original actor Dougray Scott had to leave after filming had almost begun. The X-Men franchise began in 2000 and concluded with the Dark Phoenix, which released this week. A spin-off, titled New Mutants, will hit the screens in 2020, where the characters will be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
(Source: The Daily Mail)