Tyler Mane explains why he didn’t reprise his role as Sabretooth
Having different actors playing the same role is a very common occurrence in film and television. Remember Aunt Viv in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? It’s happened several times in comic book movies as well. Sabretooth, Wolverine’s ultra-violent, sadistic archenemy has appeared more than once to face off against Logan, though he was played by professional wrestler Tyler Mane in the 2000 film X-Men and by Liev Schreiber in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. So, what was the reason for the change? The Hollywood Reporter posed this question to Mane in a recent interview.
“That was the producers’ decision,” Mane said. “The storyline was them rising as brothers, and Liev [Schreiber] and Hugh [Jackman] look a lot closer in that respect, so I understand. I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed. I’d love to get my claws back into that role. But that’s Hollywood.”
It is worth noting that Schreiber does have much more experience in film and television than Mane, a fact that also may have contributed to him being cast in a role that was much more substantial than Sabretooth’s role in X-Men.
Mane was also asked about his favorite X-Men film and the answer wasn’t surprising.
“Would you say I was biased if I said the original?” he asked “But it is definitely my favorite. I have great memories from the filming of it. Then again, I haven’t seen Logan yet. It’s definitely on my watch list, though. It’s a darker turn for the character, so I can’t wait to see what Patrick and Hugh did!”
His opinion might change after seeing Logan, but it’s no surprise he didn’t say X-Men Origins: Wolverine…for several reasons.