Originally Posted by danoyse
The level to which I don't give a crap about the height thing is just at epic proportions at this point.
I wasn't a reader of the comics when I saw the first movie, I didn't know he was supposed to be shorter, and was able to notice that it was a great performance of a character I knew nothing about going in. It got me to start reading the comics, something I had no interest in before the movie.
And even now, 10 years later, I've read plenty of Wolverine comics and truly love the character outside of the movies...I still don't care. To me, it's a total non-issue and it doesn't affect the portrayal of the character at all.
I don't care that he's good-looking either. (in fact, I enjoy that. you boys have your eye-candy, we can have ours too)
) Again, I don't feel any of that affects the portrayal of the character...and I say that now as someone who reads the comics.
He needs a better damn script, not to be shorter and uglier. That's just nitpicking.
I think you really need to appreciate what the creators of the character did. Just saying you don't give a crap about his height, is disrespecting a CRUCIAL aspect of his character.
Comics are a visual medium. A lot of casting is not about how well you act, but how you LOOK. The great Brando can't do ALL roles, because he may not have looked the part for some roles.
Hugh Jackman is a fine actor. He out-acted Bale in Prestige, in my opinion. But for Wolverine, him being tall is a big deal. He exhudes the wrong aura needed for Wolverine. A MAJOR part of Wolverine's character and what has made him so loved for so long is because he is different. He's not the guy that gets all the girls. He's the outsider, who is violent, short and with a temper. That is the opposite of Jackman. Not matter how hard Hugh tries, and he did in the role, he just can't do what Nicholson or Hoffman could have done in their younger days. Yes, they are much better actors but the role of Wolverine is more suited to them because of their features and their IMAGE.
You need to respect how important the visual image of Wolverine is. It goes hand-in-hand with the performance.