Actor Tyler Mane who appeared as Sabertooth, Wolverine’s brother, in X-Men back in 2000 has opened up on why he didn’t return the franchise after the first film.
Whether or not Sabertooth was Wolverine’s brother in the original X-Men was unclear as it wasn’t something acknowledged in the film, but when it came time for X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, Sabertooth was featured alongside Logan as his brother as the plot involved Logan (Hugh Jackman) seeking revenge against his brother for the murder of his lover, Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins). But Mane didn’t return for a second outing as Sabertooth, instead, the role was recast with Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan).
In a recent chat with Heat Vision, Mane revealed it wasn’t his decision not to return to the role but actually a choice made by the producers of the film:
“That was the producers’ decision. The storyline was them rising as brothers and Liev [Schreiber] and Hugh look a lot closer in that respect, so I understand. I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed. I’d love to get my claws back into that role. But that’s Hollywood.”
Mane is correct in that Schreiber and Jackman look much more alike than he and Jackman do, but whether or not that was actually the logic behind the producer’s decision remains a mystery. We certainly know at this point that continuity is not a concern at the 20th Century Fox when it comes to the X-Men franchise.
But what do you guys think? Would you have liked to see Mane return in Origins? Or do you think Schreiber was a better fit for the role? Sound off in the comments below.
Source: Heat Vision