Hugh Jackman Explains What Would Have Happened in ‘Logan’s Sabretooth Scene
Since Logan would be his last run as Wolverine, there was a ton of stuff Hugh Jackman wanted to put in the movie that never made it into the script. One of these things was the return, of sorts, of his brother and sometime nemesis Sabretooth, which Jackman and James Mangold toyed with but ultimately had to cut from the script.
Hugh Jackman recently explained to Collider exactly what went down in the Sabretooth scene they almost had, and why they ended up cutting his character from the movie.
Jim and I did talk about it. For my money, he was the best thing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I thought Ryan 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. So that never happened, and I had harbored that all along and of course Jim and I worked with Liev on Kate & Leopold, so we did talk about it it was just ‘How the hell do we do it?’
Man, I’m kinda intrigued by that original plan for Origins, and it’s a shame that we never got to see it. Sabretooth did actually make it into the Logan script, Jackman remembered mid-interview, and he described what would have been in the scene:
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.
Jackman also mentioned there was a ton of other stuff he wished he could have done as Wolverine that, for whatever reason, the movies never had time for. Like that yellow spandex they’re always joking about, for instance:
There were a couple of things I couldn’t work out how to do. Fans always say, ‘When are we gonna see you in the blue and yellow spandex? We’ve gotta see that shot!’ We tried a little bit in The Wolverine, it didn’t happen—on that plane at the end he opens up a box and there’s the suit, I think that ended up getting cut. So the suit was one thing but we just couldn’t work out how to do it, so if anyone can work that out you go for it. 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.
Ugh, this just makes me sad all over again that we won’t see Jackman as an X-Man again. Unless, that is, he decides a few years from now that he misses too much and asks 20th Century Fox if they have room for another mutant in a future movie.