Why Sabretooth Wasn’t in Logan

Why wasn't Liev Schrieber's Sabretooth in Hugh Jackman's final act as Wolverine, Logan? Scheduling issues.

This article contains Logan spoilers.

Logan is a nearly perfect example of what can be done with superhero movies when the people involved are willing to take chances. The movie not only leaned hard on its R-rating and let Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman really take their respective characters to the limit, it’s also one of the rare superhero franchises to allow an actor to bring a definitive end to a bankable character (the other, of course, is the underrated The Dark Knight Rises).

Logan brings perfect closure to both the sagas of Wolverine and Professor X, and hints at a different future for mutants than what we might have expected. It makes you forgive and forget X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the final act of The Wolverine, too.

But while X-Men Origins: Wolverine is nobody’s favorite movie, and it did more harm to the Wolverine legend than good, few would take issue with Liev Schrieber’s performance as Sabretooth. And given the fact that Sabretooth is unquestionably Wolverine’s greatest villain, not to mention the fact that they have a shared history, his absence from Logan felt a little strange.

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In fact, that absence felt even stranger when you consider the fact that the “evil” clone of Wolverine that terrorizes everybody for the second half of the movie looks almost uncannily like Liev Schrieber’s Sabretooth at certain times, mostly because of the haircut. It would have made more sense to have him doing the dirty work, and would have made that final battle all the more poignant.

So why didn’t it happen?

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

It’s a shame that he didn’t get to take part, but he’s a fan of the film. “I think it’s a terrific movie,” he continued. “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.”

Us too.

We spoke to him a little about Hugh Jackman’s departure, as well…