Logan: Here’s why Sabretooth was cut

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer
Logan and Sabretooth go at it - Credit: 20th Century Fox

‘Logan’ almost featured another iconic Wolverine villain.

But it wasn’t meant to be… and now we know why.

During an interview with Variety, former ‘X-Men’ actor Liev Schreiber revealed the reason Sabretooth was cut from ‘Logan’… and it looks as though it was all down to scheduling.

“There was an invitation early on from Hugh and [Mangold] and I would have loved to work on it,” he said. “It was very difficult given Ray Donovan’s schedule, and I think they went a different direction as well with story.”

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Well, that just sucks.

Taking the iconic role of Sabretooth, Liev Schreiber originally starred in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ where it was revealed that his character, Victor Creed, was actually Logan’s real brother.

Although the movie itself was met with mixed reviews, Schreiber was lauded by fans for his portrayal of Sabretooth, and many hoped that we would see him return before Hugh Jackman hung up his claws.

Sadly, it seems that wasn’t meant to be.

Logan and Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Credit: 20th Century Fox

“I think it’s a terrific movie,” Schreiber said about ‘Logan’. “I’m just very proud of Hugh and the way that he handled himself with that franchise and that character. It was a great experience to be involved with one of them and to get to work with them. I had mixed emotions when I heard that he was going to retire.”

How would Sabretooth have appeared in the movie?

Well, during an interview with CinemaBlend, screenwriter Scott Frank described a scene which sheds some light on that.

“They were on the run, and they go to the gambling town, there may have been at that point they were going to see [Sabretooth] for help. He was going to be there for help.”

‘Logan’ stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, alongside Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook and Richard E. Grant.

James Mangold directed the movie based on a script he co-wrote with Scott Frank and Michael Green.

‘Logan’ opened in cinemas on 1 March 2017.

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