Viggo Mortensen reveals how his son’s contributions helped him say no to Wolverine before Hugh Jackman

Viggo Mortensen could have been Wolverine before Hugh Jackman, but his son’s contributions helped him say no! (Photo credit – Getty Images & IMDb)

Fans have been wishing Hugh Jackman to return as Wolverine for the last time for ages. He said goodbye to his 17-year-old character in Logan in 2017. The creators were trying to play Viggo Mortensen, instead of Hugh in 2000. He was even called in for a reunion, but he turned down the role.

There has been a lot of speculation as to why Viggo said no to Wolverine, and he’s finally opened up. The baggage of doing a similar character for years can become overwhelming for many, but that’s not the only reason Vitto isn’t Wolverine.

In his recent appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Viggo Mortensen revealed everything about first meeting Bryan Singer for X-Men in 2000. He also shared how his son Henry’s contributions helped him make the decision.

He said, “What bothered me at the time was just the engagement of endless movies of this same character over and over again. I was nervous about it. And there were also some things – I mean, they sorted out most of it, but I took Henry to the meeting I had with the manager as my kind of lucky charm and guide. Deep down I thought he might learn something too, because I let Henry read the script and he said, “That’s wrong. It’s not like that. ”

“Suddenly the director falls on himself, then the rest of the meeting was about explaining to Henry in detail why he was taking certain liberties. We got out of there, and Henry asks if he’s going to change the things he told him about, and I say, “I don’t think so. I’m not going to do it anyway, because I’m not sure I want to do this for years. And then a few years later I do three Lord of the Rings [movies] so who knows, ”concluded Viggo Mortensen.

Thanks to Henry, we got to see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine for 17 years!

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