Actors Whose Careers Were Born From One Great Scene

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Of all the superheroes that make up Marvel’s mutant team the X-Men, one that looms especially large over the franchise is the wily Wolverine. With an accelerated healing factor and virtually indestructible metal claws, the mutant superhero was brought to life on the big screen by Australian actor Hugh Jackman. Jackman appeared as Wolverine in a grand total of nine different “X-Men” films, which culminated with the character’s end in the widely acclaimed 2017 movie “Logan.”

Prior to his debut as Wolverine in 2000’s “X-Men,” Jackman wasn’t particularly known to audiences outside of his native Australia. However, right from Wolverine’s introduction in “X-Men,” with the scrappy character fighting in a cage match and bar brawl, it was clear the actor was the right choice for the role. Wolverine is all about protection: He embodies the “lone wolf,” who protects himself by not needing anyone else, but he soon learns to protect others — like Rogue – and Jackson perfectly captures these contrasting layers of Wolverine. “X-Men” made Jackson an international star and indelibly connected him to this Marvel mutant, but interestingly, he nearly missed out on the role entirely. Actor Dougray Scott was originally cast as Wolverine, but had to drop out of the movie due to scheduling issues, so Jackman was cast after production had already begin (via Variety).

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