Kodi Smit-McPhee isn’t the most rugged young actor in Hollywood. Maybe he’s secretly a knife-juggling, whiskey-swilling badass under the frail porcelain doll exterior, but he probably wouldn’t be my first choice to play Wolverine. I mean, Hugh Jackman has his musical theater side, too, but at least his facial hair doesn’t have to be added with CGI.
Well, in a new interview with Comic Book Resources, the man who will be playing Nightcrawler in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse revealed that he was once cast as Wolverine, and actually turned down the role…
“I’ve just crossed [Hugh Jackman’s] path many times, and I actually at the start of my career got cast as a young Wolverine. And then I was like, ‘No, I have to do The Road.’ So this is really meant to be.
It was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. There was a scene where they were showing how young Wolverine was made. So it’s almost meant to be that I didn’t get that one. It almost destroyed it for my Nightcrawler.”
Okay, so he was going to play a kid Wolverine, but I like to imagine Wolverine slid out of the womb with full muttonchops and a stogie in his mouth. Anyways, as Kodi said, things probably turned out for the best. That said, after witnessing the internet’s reaction to Asa Butterfield as Spider-Man, a dark part of me does want to see what would happen if Kodi Smit-McPhee was legit cast as Wolverine.
(Via Comic Book Resources)