Huge, jacked man Hugh Jackman has revealed that he was very nearly fired from the first X-Men movie back in 2000, meaning he would have lost out on playing Wolverine, the role that made him a superstar and broke him in the US.

The Aussie actor was on stage in London for a performance of Hugh Jackman: The Man, The Music, The Show when he told the story of how his career almost came to an end before it started. He explained to the audience:

“I was told that things weren’t really working out as they hoped. I was about to get fired from my first Hollywood movie, the biggest of my career. I was angry, I went home to my wife and I complained. I was whinging an Olympic level [to] Deb, my wife, and moaning about this person and that person.”

He said that wife Deborra-Lee Furness helped him get his head together:

“She listened to me very patiently for about an hour and finally she just said, ‘Listen, I think you have just got to trust yourself. You are worrying way too much about what everyone else is thinking. Just go back to the character, focus on that, trust your instinct. You’ve got this.'”

Clearly the pep walk worked, as Hugh Jackman would go on to portray Wolverine in ten films, ranging from X-Men movies to stand-alone features like 2017’s Logan to his final appearance in Deadpool 2, where archive footage of him was used.

In April of this year, he said that he has heard talk of a sequel to The Greatest Showman, and co-star Zac Efron has made similar comments, but little else is known about it at this stage.

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