If it wasn’t shocking enough to learn that actor Bob Hoskins at one point could have been Wolverine, another head scratching revelation has come to light. Prior to his decade long run as Marvel’s unbreakable Canadian mutant, Hugh Jackman was second banana in the eyes of director Bryan Singer. This may come as a shock, but Russell Crowe was Singer’s original pick. Let that sink in for a minute. Not a terrible idea, right? Just so long as he wasn’t planning to sing.
The thing is, why did Crowe turn it down? According to Singer it was a matter of hair, lots of hair.
At this week’s Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Singer admitted that Russell would have had the adamantium if not for his one proposed change. Nothing big, he just wanted to make Wolverine bald. Just kidding, that is a BIG deal and one hell of a change for the character. Especially one known for his iconic hair. Thankfully, clearer heads prevailed and Singer passed on the idea, giving Jackman one of the biggest character roles of his career.
I myself am not the biggest fan of Hugh Jackman, but I’ll take him over a bald Wolverine any day.