X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a disaster. You know it, we know it, and everyone who saw it (and even those who didn’t) knows it. However, there were a few redeeming qualities – not many, but a few – and one of the bright spots was without a doubt Liev Schreiber’s Sabertooth.
A character who has a long history with Wolvie in the comics, it was great to see him alongside the iconic hero up on the big screen and the actor did a pretty good job with the role. As such, fans were hoping he’d return for Logan, and while there were rumors early on that he would, Schreiber was ultimately left out of the film.
Speaking to Variety in a recent interview, the actor opened up a bit about why he didn’t end up appearing in James Mangold’s threequel, despite being interested in reprising the role.
“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.”
Admittedly, he makes a good point here. The direction that they went in with Logan probably wouldn’t have meshed well with an appearance from Sabertooth and given how perfectly everything turned out in the end, we don’t blame the filmmakers for omitting the character.
That being said, we do know that he was included in one of the early drafts of the script, as writer Scott Frank revealed not too long ago that there was originally a scene in the film that had Wolvie seeking out help from his half-brother. How big of a role Sabertooth would have had if Schreiber signed on is unclear, but it’s still interesting to know that we were close to seeing a reunion between the two at one point.
Tell us, do you wish things had worked out differently for Logan, or would Sabertooth have felt out of place in the threequel? Sound off below and let us know!