David Harbour Was Told He Was Too Fat To Play The Blob In ‘Wolverine’

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Man, this one’s gotta sting…

David Harbour is definitely keeping busy as of late, having just wrapped shooting on Season 2 of Stranger Things and gearing up to star in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen with expectations to start shooting in September to meet its 2018 release date. The Hellboy reboot is not the actor’s first foray into the comic book superhero landscape, though, as he in a minor role in last year’s Suicide Squad. However, Harbour could have dipped his toes into the comic waters almost a decade earlier if not for one horrifying encounter with a director.

In a recent interview with The Wrap, Harbour revealed that he once auditioned for a role in Hugh Jackman’s first Wolverine spin-off, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It did not go so well for the actor, as during the audition, he lifted his shirt and squeezed his belly, saying, “I got your Blob right here!”

“I just made a stupid joke and then they called me and the director, we met at like a hotel, and he was like, ‘David, look, you’re wonderful, we really think you’re just a great actor, we’re just concerned… we’re really concerned.’ I was like, ‘Why, what’s your concern? I’m good to go. I’m available, let’s do this!’ And they were like, ‘no, it’s just, you lifted up your shirt and we saw the… we’re just a little worried about your health.’ … I was like, ‘Wait a minute, dude … ‘You are telling me I’m too fat to play The Blob? That’s awesome, I have to get the f— back to New York.’ That’s my audition — so I didn’t get The Blob.”

The role of The Blob eventually went to the decidedly fit Kevin Durand in the Wolverine film, as he was in shape in the earlier parts of the film before wearing a fat suit to play the much heavier version of the character years later. Perhaps things worked out for the best for Harbour, as X-Men Origins: Wolverine is pretty much one of the worst comic book films ever made, with only Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool (thankfully) somehow miraculously continuing on in the series.

Stranger Things Season 2 hits Netflix on October 31st. Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is planned for a 2018 release.

Source: The Wrap

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X-MenSo it’s probably safe to assume everyone here has seen Logan? Well, based on how well it did in the box-office I think Fox is taking notes. Now that they have both Deadpool and Logan under their belts, I’m sure they will be bringing more X-Men characters to the big-screen as soon as possible.

There are so many great X-Men arcs to choose from, but I think focusing on personal stories and fewer characters is a way to ensure the movie connects with an audience. Mutants were originally composed as a metaphor for the Civil Rights movement, and that issue is still very much so alive in our society. I’m not saying every movie needs to be political, but they all have the potential to be about so much more than destruction and boss battles. Fox focus on smaller, personal stories that show mutants in a different light. Sure they can kick ass, but let’s make sure they always feel like real people, as Logan did.

Did I miss your favorite character? Well, let me know in the comment section why they should be included! So hit Next to see the eight mutants I think Fox should bring to the big-screen next!

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Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

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  • Darthmanwe

    …………………Oh my god…………………….
    I hope, whoever was the casting director……….. NEVER EVER got a job in casting after that.

  • Axxell

    I gotta write that insult down for when I’m back in middle school…