Latest Entertainment News Headlines

X-Men writer Chris Claremont once envisioned Bob Hoskins playing Wolverine

05.01.2014

After the sad news of the passing of actor Bob Hoskins the other day, many have been recollecting about the cinematic career he had and the numerous roles he put his stamp on. The fiery actor had the ability to growl his way through every scene like a hard-ass with a heart of gold. But, I never would have ever thought of him for the role of Wolverine.

Back in 2012, during a speaking engagement at Columbia University, X-MEN comics writer Chris Claremont was asked about his dream casting if the Bryan Singer original movie had not come to fruition. His answers were surprising.

"James Cameron, Bob Hoskins, Angela Bassett — ahhh. Fanboy heaven. I would have been happy as a clam."

Hoskins as Wolverine, Bassett as Storm, with Kathryn Bigelow directing and Cameron producing. Wow, that is insanely cool. It may be hard to envision anyone but Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but take a moment and think about Hoskins. Wolverine has always been portrayed in the comics as a shorter guy as compared to the other mutants and superheroes in the Marvel universe as well as incredibly hairy. Jackman, while buff, is not exactly a carbon copy of the traditional Wolverine model. Hoskins would certainly have been able to do some training for the part, but he has the vocal delivery that would have been perfect for Logan.

I guess we will never know how that would have turned out. But, we still have a pretty awesome Wolverine as it is.

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN GALLERY & SEE MORE PICS...

Extra Tidbit: Sorry for the video. It was the best I could find...
Source: The Wrap

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

1:28PM on 05/02/2014
If this was done at least 15-20 years ago and followed through, I think the cast would've been:
Harvey Keitel as Wolverine, Van Damme as Gambit, Bassett as Storm, Clint Eastwood as Cable, Peter Weller as Cyclops, Ed Norton as Iceman, Dolph Lundgren as Colossus, Rutger Hauer as Magneto, Stewart as Prof X ( OR runner up, Ben Kingsley),
If this was done at least 15-20 years ago and followed through, I think the cast would've been:
Harvey Keitel as Wolverine, Van Damme as Gambit, Bassett as Storm, Clint Eastwood as Cable, Peter Weller as Cyclops, Ed Norton as Iceman, Dolph Lundgren as Colossus, Rutger Hauer as Magneto, Stewart as Prof X ( OR runner up, Ben Kingsley),
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:06AM on 05/02/2014
Heard this a long time ago.. could it have been great, probably. Would Cameron and everyone else stayed on for the long run, who knows. But I'm still impressed with Jackmans performance, not the moody "I go where I wanna go" Wolvie, but he's put everything into the character and I've loved every second of it.
Heard this a long time ago.. could it have been great, probably. Would Cameron and everyone else stayed on for the long run, who knows. But I'm still impressed with Jackmans performance, not the moody "I go where I wanna go" Wolvie, but he's put everything into the character and I've loved every second of it.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:18AM on 05/02/2014
I haven't read any of the comics, and I like Jackman as Wolverine, but I do understand why some comic fans are annoyed that the films never went all-in with the short, scruffy asshole characterization that he is in the comics. Regardless, this will probably go down in history as one of those "close call" casting choices that never happened for whatever reason, but would have been really interesting to see, especially given how close he resembles him physically.

And I think this idea was
I haven't read any of the comics, and I like Jackman as Wolverine, but I do understand why some comic fans are annoyed that the films never went all-in with the short, scruffy asshole characterization that he is in the comics. Regardless, this will probably go down in history as one of those "close call" casting choices that never happened for whatever reason, but would have been really interesting to see, especially given how close he resembles him physically.

And I think this idea was bandied about by some fans after BATMAN BEGINS came out (probably on this site, now that I think of it), but I've always felt that Hoskins would have been aces as Penguin if Nolan ever decided to go that route. Watch LONG GOOD FRIDAY with this scenario in mind (especially the "hands across the ocean" speech on the boat) and you'll see what I mean.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+0
12:39AM on 05/02/2014
Mel Gibson for Wolverine!
When I was 19, I did a guy in Laos from a thousand yards out. It was a rifle shot in high wind. Maybe eight or even ten guys in the world could have made that shot. It's the only thing I was ever good at. Well, see ya tomorrow.
Mel Gibson for Wolverine!
When I was 19, I did a guy in Laos from a thousand yards out. It was a rifle shot in high wind. Maybe eight or even ten guys in the world could have made that shot. It's the only thing I was ever good at. Well, see ya tomorrow.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+0
10:48PM on 05/01/2014
Jackman is obviously wonderful, and has created a new Clint Eastwood-esque Wolverine that works great.

HOWEVER. Wolverine in the comics is no Hugh Jacman. He's short, hairy, and angry. Hoskins would have been fucking fantastic.
Jackman is obviously wonderful, and has created a new Clint Eastwood-esque Wolverine that works great.

HOWEVER. Wolverine in the comics is no Hugh Jacman. He's short, hairy, and angry. Hoskins would have been fucking fantastic.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+1
10:46PM on 05/01/2014

Heard this before

But never put much thought into it though he would have nailed it. Harvey Keitel also, pure awesome.
But never put much thought into it though he would have nailed it. Harvey Keitel also, pure awesome.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:33PM on 05/01/2014
Its not hard to imagine anyone other than Hugh Jackman in the role of Wolverine. Jackman is a great actor and endlessly charismatic but hes grossly miscast. Hoskins actually would have been great. Mickey Rourke coulda been brilliant in the role as well. Doesnt matter anyway though, all these XMen movies are pretty bad, First Class being the lone exception.
Its not hard to imagine anyone other than Hugh Jackman in the role of Wolverine. Jackman is a great actor and endlessly charismatic but hes grossly miscast. Hoskins actually would have been great. Mickey Rourke coulda been brilliant in the role as well. Doesnt matter anyway though, all these XMen movies are pretty bad, First Class being the lone exception.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:14PM on 05/01/2014

would have been perfect!

Claremont has named Hoskins as his favourite actor to play Wolverine many times before and I agree. Especially since Wolverine originally (when Claremont first started writing him) was actually a lot shorter than most of the other X-Men and I don't think anyone would argue that Hoskins certainly had the right temperament , intensity and presence to portray him.
Claremont has named Hoskins as his favourite actor to play Wolverine many times before and I agree. Especially since Wolverine originally (when Claremont first started writing him) was actually a lot shorter than most of the other X-Men and I don't think anyone would argue that Hoskins certainly had the right temperament , intensity and presence to portray him.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:31PM on 05/01/2014
Oh man Hoskins would have been perfect! Even Jackman would have been pale in the role if Hoskins had done it first.
Angela Basset would have blown Berry away like a fluffy little mite. Both ladies are pretty but Berry is way too dull and flimsy to act any kind of tough.
Oh man Hoskins would have been perfect! Even Jackman would have been pale in the role if Hoskins had done it first.
Angela Basset would have blown Berry away like a fluffy little mite. Both ladies are pretty but Berry is way too dull and flimsy to act any kind of tough.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:21PM on 05/01/2014

Hook, Unleashed, Roger Rabbit, Heart Condition, Mona Lisa, Long Good Friday...

Hoskins was aces at everything, even Super Mario which has been a blast of a popcorn flick for me for 20 years. RIP.
Hoskins was aces at everything, even Super Mario which has been a blast of a popcorn flick for me for 20 years. RIP.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:40PM on 05/01/2014
I was going to add Danny the Dog to your list but then realized...I didnt know they had changed the title for the states. Great film.
I was going to add Danny the Dog to your list but then realized...I didnt know they had changed the title for the states. Great film.
+1
4:15PM on 05/01/2014

Well

One thing is for sure is that he's closer to the actual character in looks then Hugh Jackman is.
One thing is for sure is that he's closer to the actual character in looks then Hugh Jackman is.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+1
4:04PM on 05/01/2014
A younger Hoskins...yes, I think that would have worked. As it is, I'm more than happy with how it turned out.
A younger Hoskins...yes, I think that would have worked. As it is, I'm more than happy with how it turned out.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:57PM on 05/01/2014

I've brought this up before several times

and got downvoted, because it was at the core of my problem with Jackman as Wolverine. Sure, he's jacked, but he doesn't have the right disposition. I don't know that if the timing had somehow been right that Hoskins would have been interested - but he's always been the actor I've envisioned as being the closest to Wolverine's persona. Wolverine (at least until recently) wasn't really a "good-good" guy. He's a morally ambiguous firepulg that is constantly pissing off the rest of his team. He's
and got downvoted, because it was at the core of my problem with Jackman as Wolverine. Sure, he's jacked, but he doesn't have the right disposition. I don't know that if the timing had somehow been right that Hoskins would have been interested - but he's always been the actor I've envisioned as being the closest to Wolverine's persona. Wolverine (at least until recently) wasn't really a "good-good" guy. He's a morally ambiguous firepulg that is constantly pissing off the rest of his team. He's always in the seediest places, starting as much trouble has he's ending. Basically Hoskins with a Canadian accent. I think Jackman is a great actor, but I've always felt that he's played Wolverine as a guy who just plays being grouchy to keep people at arm's length, but is a big marshmallow underneath.
I hope that when they do pass the mantle, that they think outside of the box, to find somebody more like Hoskins, and less like a matinee idol.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:41PM on 05/01/2014
Agreed. I've constantly brought up that Jackman was wrong for Wolverine and constantly been downvoted. I've always assumed it was because he looks like a wolf so people not familiar with the comics version would think he was perfect.
Agreed. I've constantly brought up that Jackman was wrong for Wolverine and constantly been downvoted. I've always assumed it was because he looks like a wolf so people not familiar with the comics version would think he was perfect.
6:12PM on 05/01/2014
Agree. Always thought it was weird that Tony Stark in the comics is this tall slender James bond looking like guy and Wolverine always reminded me of a hairy drunk mexican with anger issues. But in the films Logan is this tall good looking suave guy and Tony is a short comedian. I mean, don't get me wrong, love them both as these characters. I just find it weird that they do not resemble or act like their comic counter parts at all. Now Evans and Hemsworth are pitch perfect.
Agree. Always thought it was weird that Tony Stark in the comics is this tall slender James bond looking like guy and Wolverine always reminded me of a hairy drunk mexican with anger issues. But in the films Logan is this tall good looking suave guy and Tony is a short comedian. I mean, don't get me wrong, love them both as these characters. I just find it weird that they do not resemble or act like their comic counter parts at all. Now Evans and Hemsworth are pitch perfect.
3:45PM on 05/01/2014
ya i could have seen him playing wolverine
ya i could have seen him playing wolverine
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:41PM on 05/01/2014
For back when he was younger, I could have seen hm doing a good job.
For back when he was younger, I could have seen hm doing a good job.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:41PM on 05/01/2014
That was a very homoerotic clip
That was a very homoerotic clip
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:13PM on 05/01/2014
It could have been something. Bob Hoskins would be perfect for Wolverine.
It could have been something. Bob Hoskins would be perfect for Wolverine.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Movie Hottie Of The Week

More