Liev Schreiber, Comic Book Fan
Liev Schreiber spoke with Moviehole about next May’s X-Men Origins : Wolverine, in which he plays Sabretooth.
"I’ve seen some footage, and I think it’s going to be really very good. I’m really looking forward to people seeing it," he said.
Playing the feral mutant opponent to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was a new kind of acting challenge. ”I found it to be really intense. The character I play is incredibly brutal and feral, has blood lust unlike any other character I’ve ever played, much, much more than Zus. Zus is basically a lover. This guy is a real killer.
”I love Hugh. I mean, Hugh is the reason I did it. We’d been friends for a long time and it’s just so much fun to work with him. To do fight scenes with Hugh was really terrific, because as a dancer, he has that kind of discipline and choreography. And I always studied to be a fight choreographer, and always wanted to be a dancer too, but didn’t quite have the feet for it. But we had some remarkable fight scenes together, and I’m looking forward to people seeing those.”
Schreiber admitted to having grown up a comic book fan and being in a movie based on his hobby was too good to pass up. ”I was a fan of the comic books. I just loved the character of Wolverine,” he admitted. “I always have. That sort of deeply ironic and very urban sensibility in a super-hero was something that I thought was really groundbreaking. And the style of writing was – particularly the very sort of editorial style. I just always loved it. And I think that we were able to capture some of that darkness in this movie, so I’m very proud of it.
”I hope I’m not blowing anyone’s cover here, but I don’t think men really mature intellectually and emotionally beyond 22. Your bodies evolve, but nothing else, really. And so why should I stop wanting to be in a comic book movie?”