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Liev Schreiber says he was approached to be in Logan

04.29.2017

LOGAN is back in the news in a big way this week, with James Mangold confirming a black and white cut of the movie is going back into theaters. This will give lovers of the movie (*raises both hands*) a whole new way to experience the dramatic, emotional final act for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. But, the movie could’ve be very different from the beginning – regardless of color scheme – had one character from the past been included.

Actor Liev Schreiber, who played Sabretooth/Victor Creed in the opposite of LOGAN – X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE – sat down Variety to talk about his new movie, CHUCK. During the chat Schreiber opened up about a communication between Jackman, Mangold and himself about returning for the final film:

There was an invitation early on from Hugh [Jackman] and [director James Mangold] and I would have loved to work on it. It was very difficult given “Ray Donovan’s” schedule, and I think they went a different direction as well with story. I think it’s a terrific movie. I’m just very proud of Hugh and the way that he handled himself with that franchise and that character. It was a great experience to be involved with one of them and to get to work with them. I had mixed emotions when I heard that he was going to retire.

Chances are they could’ve been approaching him for the role as some sort of villain, one that would require Logan to face the past. But, like Schreiber said, they went a different way entirely and clearly everything worked out fine. LOGAN currently stands as one of the best-reviewed superhero movies of all time, and has amassed over $600 million at the global box office.

Given how grounded and mature LOGAN is compared to ORIGINS, I can’t say I’m not interested to see how they would’ve used Sabretooth. Maybe like Logan he could be some broken-down bar hopper, living in a drunken stupor. Schreiber is a great actor and he could’ve brought intensity to the role that would’ve gone well against Jackman’s in LOGAN. We’ll never, ever know, but now you have one more things to occupy your mind with as the rent date inches closer and closer. You’re welcome.

LOGAN goes back into theaters on May 16.

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Source: Variety

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5:41PM on 04/30/2017
I would definitely have liked to have seen Sabertooth - especially Schreiber's incarnation. I doubt he would have been "broken down" like Wolverine was, though. He didn't have Adamantium poisoning his body, just his age taxing his healing factor. I think he would have still been a very formidable enemy. Ah well. Like Alien 5, all we're left with is what might have been.
I would definitely have liked to have seen Sabertooth - especially Schreiber's incarnation. I doubt he would have been "broken down" like Wolverine was, though. He didn't have Adamantium poisoning his body, just his age taxing his healing factor. I think he would have still been a very formidable enemy. Ah well. Like Alien 5, all we're left with is what might have been.
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12:52PM on 04/30/2017
Heard about what his cameo was going to be and it sounded half assed, glad that Mangold kept him out of it. It's too bad that Origins simply ruined that relationship between Wolvie and Creed because it would have been great to see Sabertooth back in the fold.
Heard about what his cameo was going to be and it sounded half assed, glad that Mangold kept him out of it. It's too bad that Origins simply ruined that relationship between Wolvie and Creed because it would have been great to see Sabertooth back in the fold.
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10:50PM on 04/29/2017
I liked his Sabertooth a lot, and when I heard they wanted to do Old Man Logan, I figured Sabertooth would replace The Hulk. However, I'm glad they didn't try to force the Old Man Logan story with the studios character limits, and I'm glad they didn't shoehorn Liev into the movie they made as he would have been out of place.

Whatever is about to happen with the X-Men movies, I do hope they go back and take advantage of some great villains they waisted like Sabertooth, and Juggernaut, and
I liked his Sabertooth a lot, and when I heard they wanted to do Old Man Logan, I figured Sabertooth would replace The Hulk. However, I'm glad they didn't try to force the Old Man Logan story with the studios character limits, and I'm glad they didn't shoehorn Liev into the movie they made as he would have been out of place.

Whatever is about to happen with the X-Men movies, I do hope they go back and take advantage of some great villains they waisted like Sabertooth, and Juggernaut, and Blob, and about every character in wolverine origins. They don't have to have Wolverine to have Sabertooth show up in another X film as a villain and be a badass.
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9:17PM on 04/29/2017
Easily the best thing to come out of Origins: Wolverine. Even though it would have been great to see Schreiber make a return as Sabertooth and possibly taking X-24's place as the one who fights and eventually takes Logan's life, I liked the idea of Logan fighting a younger version of himself. It makes the whole storyline and concept of Father Time catching up to all of us (even someone as very old as Wolverine) all the more better.
Easily the best thing to come out of Origins: Wolverine. Even though it would have been great to see Schreiber make a return as Sabertooth and possibly taking X-24's place as the one who fights and eventually takes Logan's life, I liked the idea of Logan fighting a younger version of himself. It makes the whole storyline and concept of Father Time catching up to all of us (even someone as very old as Wolverine) all the more better.
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5:31PM on 04/29/2017
Should've been Sabretooth instead of a clone.
Should've been Sabretooth instead of a clone.
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6:03PM on 04/29/2017
My thoughts exactly. Could have made more sense. This way, for me, Logan will always be half-measure.
My thoughts exactly. Could have made more sense. This way, for me, Logan will always be half-measure.
8:03PM on 04/29/2017
Within the context of the movie, I don't think it would made sense for Sabretooth to have the X-24 role. (Spoilers) The reason why Transigen scrapped their original project and were chasing down all the kids was because they couldn't control them. How could they reasonably expect to control someone like Sabretooth? A Sabretooth clone might make sense, but that would have just felt cluttered, awkward, and probably would have confused some viewers. Maybe most importantly (to me, at least), as
Within the context of the movie, I don't think it would made sense for Sabretooth to have the X-24 role. (Spoilers) The reason why Transigen scrapped their original project and were chasing down all the kids was because they couldn't control them. How could they reasonably expect to control someone like Sabretooth? A Sabretooth clone might make sense, but that would have just felt cluttered, awkward, and probably would have confused some viewers. Maybe most importantly (to me, at least), as presented in the movies, I just can't accept the movie version of Liev Schreiber's Sabretooth being able to kill an adamantium-laced Wolverine (even as weakened as he is presented here). I think X-24 worked perfectly from a story and a dramatic and thematic standpoint.
10:52PM on 04/29/2017
Hmmm. I hadn't thought of that. And I wasn't crazy about the fully grown clone part of the film. That might've worked.
Hmmm. I hadn't thought of that. And I wasn't crazy about the fully grown clone part of the film. That might've worked.
4:13AM on 04/30/2017
The question with X-24 that always bugged me - why make just one clone ???
The question with X-24 that always bugged me - why make just one clone ???
5:12PM on 04/29/2017
Origins could have been amazing if Sabretooth was the on,y villain. I thought Schriebers take on Sabretooth was quite good.
Origins could have been amazing if Sabretooth was the on,y villain. I thought Schriebers take on Sabretooth was quite good.
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