Chris Claremont On The Wolverine

The man behind the iconic Japan saga that the new movie will be based on gives his thoughts on the direction Darren Aronofsky is taking things, and reveals that he wanted Bob Hoskins to play the part of Wolverine!

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 11/15/2010
Claremont, one half of the duo that brought us possibly Wolverine's greatest adventure in the Japan saga, had a chat with Bleeding Cool at the MCM Expo. He talks about his take on how the movies have portrayed Wolverine so far, and also that if he had his wish over 20 years ago, Bob Hoskins would have played the mutant berserker..



I haven’t seen the screenplay. I’ve heard lots of talk that the screenplay is brilliant, true to the comics, everything else. Reading the cast list, so to speak, was the first inkling I had to the structure of the narrative itself.

..Over the course of the three films he evolved on screen in much the same manner he evolved in the comic. The Wolverine quite naturally becomes the core essence of the group. It would have been interesting if we’d done it 25 years ago and I’d gotten my wish and Bob Hoskins had played him. Hoskins has that same degree of mad fury, and he’s short. Don’t think of Super Mario Bros. think of The Long Good Friday. With Hugh Jackman, it just reverses the paradigm, he’s six foot four and who cares?

..The Wolverine in the film adaptation of the story exists in a different world than the Logan in the story, but that’s the same in any adaptation like the difference between Romeo & Juliet done by Baz Luhrmann versus Franco Zefirrelli versus on the stage. You mentioned that the film starts with him in jail so something happened between Wolverine 1 and Wolverine 2, he’s in jail, but the essence of the character is the same. There’s no X-Men back story to it so you know this won’t end with him sending a note back to the mansion saying “Come to the wedding.”

..The responsibility of the filmmakers is to define their own reality in that two hour stretch. The reality is what occurs in that 110 minutes. The idea with any film is you walk in the door never having seen anything before and you’re introduced to the totality of the experience.


I dunno, even in The Long Good Friday Hoskins was bald and chubby! Still, I do get what he means about the rage. He was a beast in that movie. Anyway, sounds like Claremont is optimistic enough about things. And I like his comparison to the various takes on the works of Shakespeare. I'm sure some will disagree. Hit the link for the full interview at Bleeding Cool, which has more from Claremont on how he and Frank Miller decided to write the Japan story in the first place.


Source: Bleeding Cool
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continuezero - 11/15/2010, 8:29 AM
Hoskins in his prime would not come close to Jackman...despite the height issue. Hoskins (aside from the obvious rage and height) has nothin in common with Wolvie... Glad that never happened...


Hoskins was always better hangin with Rabbits and driving cartoon cabs.
Brashlight - 11/15/2010, 8:31 AM
Ok im having serious doubts now, BOB HOSKINS! I give you the guy is an excellent actor but he is a freakin munchkin! NO, NO, NOOOO! He doesn't even come close to wolverines look
Shaman - 11/15/2010, 8:31 AM
Hoskins is one of my all time favorite actors!!! And 20 years, intense gym & fighting training and a huge wig ago, he would have been a GREAT berserking runt! Very few actors can sell that intensity convincingly and also match the character physically. Hoskins would have also played a GREAT Beast even today :)
marvel72 - 11/15/2010, 8:36 AM
hoskins would of been perfect.

short,stocky,hairy & can act.

the perfect wolverine in his day.
imnotwearinghockeypants - 11/15/2010, 8:43 AM
Japan saga is so over-rated. On another note, this is very bizarre:
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/07/05/jim-lees-x-men-1-toilet-hits-ebay/
SpideyQuad - 11/15/2010, 8:53 AM
imnotwearing@

I agree, I never like Logan as Patch or the Japaneese story line. Muroko was fine, but I never connected to their story.
I felt Wolverine would have mopped up old men and ninja without a sweat.
And Lady DeathLong fingers was just retarded, too me.
GUNSMITH - 11/15/2010, 8:58 AM
HOSKINS?
superdog - 11/15/2010, 9:01 AM
yeah i dont get all the japan saga love. it was alright but not the best thing ever
akthunder - 11/15/2010, 9:03 AM
I am glad Jackman has the part, he is always Wolverine to me.
Shaman - 11/15/2010, 9:03 AM
GUNSMITH- Jackman looks very convincing there but he's alot less in the films. He NAILED Logan in the first x-film but quickly turned him into "Uncle Logan" in X-2. Take away the fight scene where the soldiers storm into the mantion and all you get is hairy uncle Logan. Hoskins has better acting chops and intensity than most actors anyone can name. He would have owned it! I always enjoy watching Jackman as Logan but by no means is he a perfect representation of the character from the books. Hoskins would've been IMO.
imnotwearinghockeypants - 11/15/2010, 9:32 AM
Silver Samurai: worst Wolverine villain ever. Always getting his ass kicked, stupid costume.
Shaman - 11/15/2010, 9:36 AM
imnotwearinghockeypants- I agree.
SpiderBat209 - 11/15/2010, 9:42 AM
GLENN DANZIG for Wolvie! :D

JackBauer - 11/15/2010, 10:32 AM
@Idoit4lolz - His Patch identity came later when he hung out on the island of Madripoor not Japan.
ASSASSIN666 - 11/15/2010, 10:38 AM
Danzig in his youth would have been the most awesome wolverine, if they had the balls to go with an R rating.
FoxForce5 - 11/15/2010, 10:44 AM
@ SpiderBat209: Glenn Danzing would have been an amazing choice for Wolverine! I remember hearing he was up for it before the 1st X-Man movie but he seemed to take his name out of the running because he was touring at the time and couldn't work out the scheduling conflicts. Not sure if he could pull off the acting or not, but I'd have liked to see. He'd have nailed the look hands down and the guy's only like 5'3" - FREAKIN PERFECT!!!!



FutureCBMHero - 11/15/2010, 11:14 AM
Hoskins could have figured it out. Make up might have been a little corny back then, but if you gave a younger Hoskins some time to work out, and modern cosmetics, then he could have nailed it. He is a great actor.


I'm submitting myself for future consideration to take the Wolverine mantle when Hugh let's it go.
grifdeadpoolteabag - 11/15/2010, 11:28 AM
Thank you FoxForce5. Actually, what I heard was that he was lobbying heavily for the role but the production wouldn't meet with him.
jjmeylar - 11/15/2010, 11:40 AM
I wonder if Itsu will be in it.
scurvydog - 11/15/2010, 11:43 AM
According to Danzig.he was offered the role of Wolverine when they were ramping up X-Men 1,and said he would do it if the script was right. Mind you this was a while ago.I don't know if a screentest exists of him as Logan,but I'd sure be interested in seeing it if it exists....
phoe1 - 11/15/2010, 12:02 PM




i can see it. but just the thought, that same guy who played wolverine also played super mario???? :D
jimoakley666 - 11/15/2010, 12:18 PM
Bob Hoskins as Wolverine? Claremont really is a mental old mother[frick]er. But you can see that in his writing these days... Urgh.
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Ibz - 11/15/2010, 12:44 PM
"There’s no X-Men back story to it so you know this won’t end with him sending a note back to the mansion saying “Come to the wedding.”" hopefully that helps the very confused people realise that The Wolverine would be set some time after origins NOT X3
LEEE777 - 11/15/2010, 12:54 PM
Ummm lol.
Duhdaduh - 11/15/2010, 2:30 PM
Nah, Hoskins strikes me more of a Puck kinda guy...
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hugh jackman is the real wolverine, and we all know it!! clint eastwood, maybe, if he wasnt so skinny...
GodzillaKart - 11/15/2010, 3:23 PM
Hoskins in his prime, in good shape, would have been absolutely perfect. Jackman gives it his all and does a good job, but he just isn't the guy. Hoskins would have been the guy.
TheProfessor - 11/15/2010, 4:45 PM
I so want to see Puck in one of these films.

I owned every issue of Alpha Flight from #1 through 130.

Puck and Sasquatch vs. Batman and Robbin.

Let's do it.

=)
superbatspiderman - 11/15/2010, 4:48 PM
I couldn't imagine any other person to play Wolverine other than Hugh Jackman he is a great Wolverine and I wouldn't want to see anyone else play him.

Bob Hoskins seriously WTF.
ADParker - 11/15/2010, 6:49 PM
Bob Hoskins would have been a good choice I think, after a serious workout regime obviously (but that would be true for almost anybody.) Not now of course, but he was talking about 20 years ago.

As to the negative comments about his height. Too short?! Hoskins is 5'6", 3 inches taller than Wolverine is supposed to be!
HULK2099 - 11/15/2010, 7:16 PM
gotta see that alpha flight, hope they're in this
flyingbyhisseat - 11/15/2010, 7:27 PM
Dougray Scott was surpose to play Wolverine before Jackman got the part, Jackman was a last minute fill in. I always wondered how Dougray Scott would have played Wolverine.
ager - 11/15/2010, 8:18 PM
Robert DeNiro wouldve been perfect 20 years ago, or Mel Gibson before we knew hr was a crazy
Orehrepus - 11/15/2010, 8:43 PM
This I can see.


He'd've been great!
GodzillaKart - 11/16/2010, 5:27 AM
Claremont said it perfectly. "He's 6'4" and who cares". Jackman gives it his all, but he is tall and handsome. I know Singer picked him because with Jackman the girlfriends don't complain when we drag them to the shows, and that increases ticket sales, but all the dudes saying Jackman is perfect need to read up on the character a bit. Hoskins would have owned this role.
Bandrews1 - 11/16/2010, 5:07 PM
Looking forward to this.
jimoakley666 - 11/18/2010, 5:53 AM
@Intruder - Actually, he was NEVER up for consideration for the part. It's a rumour he started himself.

The only people who were seriously considered for the role were Russel Crowe, Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise and Dougray Scott.

Scott got the role but had to duck out due to the extended filming on Mission Impossible 2. He was even photographed with long dark sideburns (not muttonchops) just before it went belly up and (thankfully) Jackman was brought in.

@Godzillafart - Jackman IS perfect for the role. And I've been reading Wolverine comics for over 20 odd years. Singer picked him for the role because "He's got the face for Wolverine". He does look a hell of a lot like John Byrne's, Adam Kubert's and Paul Smith's take on Wolverine. A hell of a lot like them. Only difference in the nose.

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