Hugh Jackman has revealed he was nearly fired from the very first X-Men movie of the franchise, suggesting the franchise could have gone on to look very different as someone else than him may have played the fan-favourite character Wolverine, aka Logan, aka James Howlett (his birth name) in the movies. The actor was speaking while on his latest date of his tour, confessing that the role which gave him his big break in Hollywood could have been taken away from him while filming the first edition of the franchise, the 2000’s X-Men. "I was told that things weren't really working out as they hoped," Jackman was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail. "I was about to get fired from my first Hollywood movie – the biggest of my career."
The actor went on to reveal how his wife, Australian actress and producer Deborra-Lee Furness, helped her calm him down. "I was angry, I went home to my wife and I complained. I was whinging an Olympic level of whinging to Deb, my wife, and moaning about this person and that person," Jackman said. He continued by recalling what Furness told her that day: "She listened to me very patiently for about an hour and finally she just said, 'Listen, I think you have just got to trust yourself. You are worrying way too much about what everything else is thinking. Just go back to the character, focus on that, trust your instinct... you've got this'."
Jackman, who is currently doing a concert tour The Man. The Music. The Show., then dedicated the live performances to his family, where he has two kids Oscar and Alva with his wife. "To me that was love," he added. "Someone that believes in you when you don't fully believe in yourself. This show is dedicated to Deb and the kids."
The Australian actor landed the role however, and went on to play Wolverine for nearly 13 years with his swansong coming in the form a last movie Logan, where he finally dies while defending a mutant girl who has abilities similar to him.
Jackman, meanwhile, also went on to register his name among the biggest Hollywood celebrities with show-stopping performances in The Prestige, Les Miserables, The Greatest Showman and many other movies. The actors also opened up about his successful marriage, which has lasted 23 years now, saying: "I've got pretty good at saying no. You don't stay married for 23 years, without learning to say no."