You don’t have to be an eagle-eyed viewer to have noticed that the actor who played Sabretooth in the first “X-Men” film was replaced by the time “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” came around. Ever wonder why that happened? The Hollywood Reporter was able to catch up with the actor who originated the Sabretooth role — Tyler Mane — who gave some pretty good reasoning for his departure from the franchise.
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“That was the producers’ decision,” Mane said. “The storyline [for ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’] was them rising as brothers, and Liev [Schreiber] and Hugh [Jackman] look a lot closer in that respect, so I understand. I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed. I’d love to get my claws back into that role. But that’s Hollywood.”
Mane also gave some insight into how he landed the role, which included some intense physicality on his part.
“…As auditions go, it was probably the easiest one I’ve had,” he said, adding that he went into the audition in full Sabretooth regalia, including fangs. “[Bryan Singer] jumped on the coffee table and asked me to choke him. I snarled with my plastic fangs, and that’s how movies get started, I guess.”
Mane had nothing but nice things to say about Hugh Jackman, who of course, has played Wolverine for 17 years, and is wrapping his time as the character in “Logan,” in theaters now.
“At the time, Hugh and I were both completely unknown, and he is the most genuine guy around. Very down to Earth,” he said, adding that he’s happy to watch Jackman’s success. “He’s definitely gone above and beyond in doing Wolverine justice!”