5. Dougray Scott
If it wasn’t for delays that plagued the filming of the second Mission: Impossible, this Scottish actor would have been Logan in the first X-Men movie. Scott was much-talked about actor in the late 90s, rumored several times to be in line to play James Bond before Daniel Craig was ultimately chosen. When Scott, who played the villain in M:I 2, was unavailable when X-Men began filming, Fox hurried to hire an unknown musical theater actor named Hugh Jackman and that seemed to turn out pretty well for him.
4. Russell Crowe
When The Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer was tapped to (finally) bring the X-Men to the big screen, his ideal actor to play the scruffy Wolverine was none other than Russell Crowe. Crowe, who just finished filming Gladiator passed on it due to the similarities he perceived between the roles. Now, the closest thing Crowe has done to playing a comic book superhero is playing Superman’s dad in the upcoming Man of Steel.
3. Edward Norton
Edward Norton was a supremely hot commodity around the time that the X-Men movies were taking off, especially with Fight Club and American History X on his resume. So much so that Norton was offered the chance to play Wolverine but (thankfully) Norton passed on the chance. Norton had been courted for various comic movie roles over the years before he ultimately stepped in to film 2008′s The Incredible Hulk.
2. Glenn Danzig
Imagine an 80s era metal/punk singer taking up the claws and the mane of Logan in an X-Men movie. It almost happened in the mid-90s, when former Misfits frontman Glenn Danzig was offered the chance to play Wolverine in an X-Men movie in the mid-90s. Danzig, who at the time had never acted in any movie, turned down the role due to a scheduling conflict with a nine month world tour with his band. Also, the movie never happened.