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Bad Perm Almost Cost Hugh Jackman His Wolverine Role

May 11th, 2009 10:56am EDT favorite Add to My News
Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman almost missed out on the chance to play Wolverine in the original X-Men movie because he had to audition with a perm.

The Aussie star reveals he tried out for the action man role nine months before filming started - and was initially passed over for Brit Dougray Scott. And he thinks his hair put the casting director off.

He explains, "I was doing a musical in London at the time, playing Curly in 'Oklahoma' - so I had a perm in my hair. So I put the hat on to do the audition and about halfway through, the casting director was like, 'That was great, could you do one without the hat? I can't really see Wolverine wearing a baseball cap.' I took it off and I read about two lines and she goes, 'Cut, put the hat on - now!'"

But fortune came Jackman's way when filming on Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible film overran, and Scott was contracted to complete that film first.

Producers couldn't wait and so Jackman re-auditioned - four days after "X-Men" began shooting in 1999.

Ten years later, the Aussie has played the claw-handed mutant in four movies, including the newly-released X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which debuted at the top of box office charts around the globe this week on its way to an impressive $175 million haul.

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