Hugh Jackman Says He Was Almost Fired From Wolverine Role

Hugh Jackman stars as Wolverine in Logan (2017).
Hugh Jackman stars as Wolverine in Logan (2017).
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Of the nearly 60 roles Hugh Jackman has played over the past quarter-century, the character he's most famous for is the X-Men's Wolverine. In fact, earlier this year, the Oscar-nominated actor even cinched a Guinness World Record for Longest Serving Marvel Hero—an honor he shares with X-Men co-star Patrick Stewart. (Both men have spent more than 16 years of their careers as part of the superhero team.) But according to Jackman, that amazing legacy almost never came to be. The famed actor recently revealed that he came very close to being fired from 2000's X-Men.

According to We Got This Covered, Jackman—who was in London earlier this week for a stop on his concert tour The Man. The Music. The Show.—spoke about some of the low points in his career. He said that he was almost let go from the Marvel role, and that it was his wife who encouraged him to stop worrying so much and just follow his gut:

"I was told that things weren’t really working out as they hoped. I was about to get fired from my first Hollywood movie—the biggest of my career. I was angry, I went home to my wife and I complained. I was whining an Olympic level of whining to Deb, my wife, and moaning about this person and that person. 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 everyone else is thinking. Just go back to the character, focus on that, trust your instinct ... you’ve got this.' To me that was love. Someone that believes in you when you don’t fully believe in yourself."

Amazingly, X-Men was only Jackman's third role in a feature film, and his first Hollywood movie. And, as We Got This Covered points out, the actor was not the studio’s first choice to play Wolverine. Fox had originally wanted Scottish actor Dougray Scott for the role, but Scott had too many scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible II. This was good news for Jackman, but it clearly still wasn’t easy at the beginning.

The next X-Men film, Dark Phoenix, opens in theaters on June 7, but don’t expect to see Wolverine in it: Jackman retired his role with 2017’s Logan.

Friends's Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc Once Pitched the Idea of a Phoebe and Joey Romance

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It's hard not to get sucked into all the romantic relationships that Ross, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Rachel, and Phoebe had on the hit '90s sitcom Friends. And if you're a devout fan of the show, you probably have some opinions of your own on the various love interests seen throughout the 10 seasons. Or you may even have rooted to see relationships play out that never happened. For those viewers who ever hoped to see Phoebe and Joey get together: you're not alone. That was one romance Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc pushed for, too.

During a joint interview with Entertainment Weekly back in 2016 (per Insider), Kudrow and LeBlanc, who played Phoebe and Joey, respectively, revealed that they had pitched a secret affair between their characters at one point in the show. When asked why the pair never got together, LeBlanc explained:

"Towards the end we actually pitched the idea that Joey and Phoebe had been having casual sex the entire time. We’d go back and shoot all the historical scenes and just before a moment that everyone recognizes, there’s Joey and Phoebe coming out of a broom closet together. But they were like, 'Nah.'"

While the idea sounds like it was shot down pretty quickly, imagine the Central Perk crew finding out that Joey and Phoebe had been having an affair all along. But for now, this reveal from the actors is all just a "moo point" at the end of the day.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

You Could Get Paid to Watch Disney+ While Social Distancing

She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
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In October 2019, Reviews.org chose five lucky couch potatoes for its “Disney+ Dream Job,” a position that paid people $1000 and gave them a year-long Disney+ subscription to watch 30 Disney programs in 30 days.

Now, the technology review site is accepting applicants for a similar (albeit less time-consuming) role: 10 people will receive a $200 Visa gift card and a free year of Disney+ to watch one single Disney film. Since most Disney movies are around 90 minutes long, your one-time wage works out to about $133 per hour.

To enter, all you have to do is send an email to giveaways@reviews.org with “Dream Job” in the subject line and your name and the title of your favorite Disney film in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random, so you don’t have to worry about trying to pick the “right” movie or explaining why you’re the right person for the job. You do, however, have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, April 10, and winners will be notified by email on the following Monday, April 13.

While October’s dream job was more about drumming up excitement for Disney+, which was a brand-new platform at the time, this one is all about encouraging social distancing and supporting people through the coronavirus crisis. With Disney+’s wide array of entertainment at your disposal—from National Geographic animal documentaries to animated classics you loved as a kid—you might feel a little less bored while you’re camped out on your couch.

If you want to check out Disney+ for yourself, head here to learn how to get a free seven-day trial.

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