Why did Viggo turn down Wolverine role?

Why did Viggo turn down Wolverine role?

Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen shared the reason behind not playing the role of mutant Wolverine in the 'X-Men' series. He said that he was just not ready to commit to playing the same character for years and years.

The 62-year-old actor also recalled that his son, Henry, who was around 10 then, had read the script of 2000's 'X-Men', the first in the long-running comic book adaptations and found it to be 'wrong'.

"The thing that bothered me at the time was just the commitment of endless movies of that same character over and over. I was nervous about that. And also 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 as my sort of good luck charm and guide. In the back of my mind, I was thinking he could learn something, too, because I did let Henry read the script and he goes, 'This is wrong. That is not how it is'," said Mortensen.

Hugh Jackman eventually played the part from 2000 to 2018 in the film series.

In an early meeting, the actor said that the 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer had asked Henry if he was familiar with Wolverine in the 'Marvel Comics', to which the son replied, "Yeah, but he does not look like this."

"All of a sudden, the director is falling all over himself and then the rest of the meeting was him explaining in detail to Henry why he was taking certain liberties," the actor added.

He stated, "We walked out of there and Henry asks if he will change the things he told him about and I say, 'I do not think so. I'm not going to do it anyway, because I'm not sure I want to be doing this for years.' And then, a couple of years later, I'm doing three 'Lord of the Rings', so who knows."

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