Australian actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Australian actress, Deborra-Lee Furnessat the 79 Venice International Film Festival 2022. Arrival at Lido. Venice (Italy), September 7th, 2022 (Photo by Rocco Spaziani/Archivio Spaziani/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
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How Hugh Jackman's Wife Almost Changed Wolverine Forever
Playing a superhero wasn’t always guaranteed to change an actor’s career for the better in the days before the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominated pop culture. The “X-Men” movies were some of the first superhero-centric films to generate popularity for comic-based films, but Hugh Jackman’s wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, nearly altered the course of hero history.
Jackman was only given three pages from the “X-Men” script before taking the role of Wolverine, which he read over with his wife. Jackman revealed Furness said, “You got claws coming out of your hands? This is ridiculous” after they read it, and she encouraged him not to accept the part because she wasn’t convinced the movie would be a success.
Being Wolverine turned out to be one of the best things to happen to Jackman’s career, and the MCU wouldn’t be what it is today without the “X-Men” films. Comic fans are thrilled Jackman decided not to follow Furness’ advice, and in 2014 he teasingly said, “​​It's the only time in 18 years of marriage that she's ever been wrong!”