X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Star Liev Schreiber Reflects On Sabretooth Role; Reveals Why He Din't Appear In LOGAN

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Star Liev Schreiber Reflects On Sabretooth Role; Reveals Why He Din't Appear In LOGAN

Liev Schreiber has looked back at his time playing Sabretooth in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, revealing why he didn't return as the villain in Logan and how it felt to see Ryan Reynolds reboot Deadpool.

By JoshWilding - May 24, 2023 11:05 AM EST

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released to mostly negative reviews, though it faced more than its fair share of challenges during production. The WGA strike had a huge impact on shooting, while a workprint of the movie was infamously leaked online weeks before its arrival in theaters. 

Then, there's what 20th Century Fox decided to do to Deadpool. The less said about that, the better!

Had things gone differently, the plan was for Magneto, Gambit, and even the Merc with the Mouth to receive their own "X-Men Origins" movies. Instead, the concept was abandoned and Hugh Jackman's clawed mutant continued to appear in the main franchise along with a solo sequel/reboot titled The Wolverine

His story ultimately ended in 2017's Logan, and while the hero's clone delivered the killing blow, many fans have questioned why that honour didn't go to his brother, Sabretooth. Liev Schreiber was fantastic as the villain in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it turns out there's a simple reason why it didn't happen. 

"They didn't ask me!" the actor tells GQ after reflecting on the fun he had playing the character. "I don't think he was part of that story. I would have loved to bring Victor back, anytime, anywhere. It wasn't part of that narrative."

"I'm wondering if I'm getting a little long in the tooth, so to speak, but probably not for Sabretooth."

Schreiber also shared his thoughts on how Ryan Reynolds managed to redeem Deadpool after the Merc with the Mouth was butchered in 2009. "Ryan did such a great job with that transition. I feel like, in many ways, it was so antithetical to what that character was in Origins. I'm glad Ryan was able to correct that mistake."

While a return as Sabretooth is unlikely, we're optimistic the Ray Donovan alum will get the opportunity to play another comic book movie character at some point.

You can watch the full interview in the player below.

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PatientXero - 5/24/2023, 11:18 AM
Excellent reporting here, folks!!!! I even jokingly said to myself “Cuz they didn’t ask him”, when I read the headline. Next up “Water…is it really wet?”
Cap1 - 5/24/2023, 11:22 AM
@PatientXero - water isn’t in fact wet, only the things it touch are
bkmeijer1 - 5/24/2023, 11:27 AM
@Cap1 - I second this
McMurdo - 5/24/2023, 12:03 PM
@Cap1 - not sure this makes sense buddy
Cap1 - 5/24/2023, 12:25 PM
@McMurdo - can’t make it any simpler buddy, water isn’t wet. It’s a literal fact
Fogs - 5/24/2023, 11:19 AM
He was a great Sabretooth in a mediocre film.
Jackraow21 - 5/24/2023, 11:43 AM
@Fogs - Agreed.
ShimmyShimmyYA - 5/24/2023, 11:20 AM
Idk maybe makes more sense for them to have a making up in Logan before he goes out dying to the clone than him finally killing wolvy,
But then again origins kinda did that as the ending

Or if anything have the clone kill Logan and sabretooth kill the clone thus he got to “kill” him without it being the actual wolverine

Kinda like how Dragon ball super should’ve had vegeta be the one to defeat goku black

JonAwesome - 5/24/2023, 12:11 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - honestly I would have preferred him over the clone.
CorndogBurglar - 5/24/2023, 12:20 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - I don't know about Goku Black, but Vegeta DEFINITELY should have been the one to kill Golden Frieza.

My man stomped his ass and they still couldn't let him finally get his revenge on Frieza.

DragonBall had become the Goku show and it sucks. He's always got to be the one to save the day.

In DBZ Goku lost to Vegeta in the Saiyan Saga. He beat Frieza. Gohan beat Cell. Goku beat Majin Buu.

Point is, give some other characters their chance to beat the enemies sometimes. It seems that doesn't happen anymore.
VictorAlonzo - 5/24/2023, 12:27 PM
@JonAwesome - ditto.
ShimmyShimmyYA - 5/24/2023, 1:26 PM
@CorndogBurglar - nah facts fr i like resurrection F but it’s also probably the worst out of the 4 super movies , vegeta needs a W at some point, I just think black would’ve been perfect especially since he killed bulma and wrecked his son, and it symbolic of vegeta finally being on par with goku / slaying that final demon

Idk if you read the manga version but hopefully once their past the super hero stuff he can shine
CorndogBurglar - 5/24/2023, 7:18 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - I don't read the Manga, but I feel like I've been hoping for Vegeta to shine forever and it just never happens aside from him beating some lessee villains.
GhostDog - 5/24/2023, 11:24 AM
He CARRIED that godforsaken film
seismicblast - 5/24/2023, 11:45 AM
He could play Sabertooth again. Just with a lot of fur prosthetics because his animal-side kept mutating.
MrDandy - 5/24/2023, 11:49 AM
X-men origin is terrible but he was the best part of it. I still think they should have had him as the big adversary instead of the younger Logan clone.
DudeGuy - 5/24/2023, 12:03 PM
This movie is actually a guilty pleasure of mine. I thought Hugh and Liev had great chemistry together.
VictorAlonzo - 5/24/2023, 12:28 PM
@DudeGuy - ditto
Fogs - 5/24/2023, 2:39 PM
@DudeGuy - I'll go ahead and say the montage at the beginning is simply awesome. Straight outta Origins' pages.
EnergyVamp - 5/24/2023, 12:07 PM
I wish Sabretooth was in it and I wish they made amends in their brotherhood before Wolverine died. Would've been cool if Sabretooth and Rogue were the ones saving mutant children since the fall of the X-men.
ModHaterSLADE - 5/24/2023, 12:17 PM
He was easily one of the best parts of that disappointing movie.
CorndogBurglar - 5/24/2023, 12:22 PM
Should have neen Sabretooth in Logan instead of a wolverine clone.

It didn't even have to be Liv Schrieber. He's a great actor, but he isn't Sabretooth, I mean come on.

It should have been something between Schrieber's version and that big idiot version from the OG X-Men movie.
Fogs - 5/24/2023, 2:41 PM
@CorndogBurglar - I always said he didn't have the looks but had the attitude.
CorndogBurglar - 5/24/2023, 7:20 PM
@Fogs - Yeah, for sure! He just wasn't big enough or scary or imposing. And those are loke staples of Sabretooth. He's the epitome of those things lol.
HulkisHoly - 5/24/2023, 12:38 PM
This is strange because there is a deleted scene in the movie where one of the mutant refugee kids asks Logan about sabretooth.
slickrickdesigns - 5/24/2023, 12:38 PM
Would’ve been cool to bring him back in Logan and have him get killed by Wolverines clone. I thought he was good as Sabertooth in a badly written Wolverine film.
TheManWithoutFear - 5/24/2023, 12:40 PM
I love Liev as Sabretooth. And I for the most part have a lot of disdain for the Fox films. But he was great.
Vigor - 5/24/2023, 12:55 PM
I have an idea for an article @joshwilding
A list of all the ways writer strikes have impacted studio plans for movies
IronMan616 - 5/24/2023, 12:55 PM
I miss his narration on HBO boxing's 24/7. He has a great voice. Barry Pepper does a fine job on Showtime's boxing All Access, but he's no Liev Schreiber.
valmic - 5/24/2023, 12:56 PM
He would have made an interesting Cable.
MosquitoFarmer - 5/24/2023, 1:06 PM
I've seen X-Men Origins: Wolverine way more times than I really should have. Liev Schreiber has always been a highlight. Great actor, and worked great opposite Jackman (outshined him, really).
LSHF - 5/24/2023, 10:42 PM
@MosquitoFarmer - Liev was definitely a highlight!
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