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Dougray Scott claims Tom Cruise blocked him from Wolverine role that made Hugh Jackman a star

Jackman subsequently played Wolverine in nine ‘X-Men’ movies

Adam White
Monday 09 March 2020 10:19 GMT
Hugh Jackman says Wolverine is his greatest role

Hugh Jackman only played Wolverine after Tom Cruise blocked his Mission: Impossible II co-star Dougray Scott from assuming the role, Scott has claimed.

The Scottish actor was signed up to play Wolverine in the original 2000 X-Men film, but had to back out at the last minute as production on the Mission: Impossible sequel overran.

“Tom Cruise didn’t let me do it,” Scott told The Daily Telegraph. “We were doing Mission: Impossible and he was like, ‘You’ve got to stay and finish the film’ and I said I will, but I’ll go and do that as well.

“For whatever reason he said I couldn’t.”

Scott continued, “He was a very powerful guy. Other people were doing everything to make it work.”

The casting swap has since gone down in filmmaking lore, with Jackman’s casting transforming him from an unknown Australian theatre actor and into a bona fide movie star.

Scott was an up-and-coming actor at the time with roles in Ever After and Deep Impact.

Despite their varying trajectories since 2000, Scott said he holds no ill will towards Jackman.

“I love what Hugh did with it,” he said. “He’s a lovely guy.”

Scott currently stars on the US TV series Batwoman, and followed Mission: Impossible II with roles in films including Taken 3 and My Week with Marilyn.

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