Moviehole caught up with the always-entertaining Liev Schreiber (forever remembered by the horror community as the suss Cotton Weary in the “Scream” trilogy and by the tea-sipping committee as Raymond Shaw in the remake of “The Manchurian Candidate”) to probe him for information about the upcoming “X-Men Origins : Wolverine”, in which he plays the equally hairy Sabretooth, and he had this to say :
“Iâ€™ve seen some footage, and I think itâ€™s going to be really very good”, the actor says of the “X-Men” spin-off. “Iâ€™m really looking forward to people seeing it.”
Contrary to how it might seem, doing a movie like this is no way a ‘release’.
”I found it to be really intense. The character I play is incredibly brutal and feral, has blood lust unlike any other character Iâ€™ve ever played, much, much more than Zus. Zus is basically a lover. This guy is a real killer.”
And why did he want to do this movie?
”I hope Iâ€™m not blowing anyoneâ€™s cover here, but I donâ€™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?
”I was a fan of the comic books. I just loved the character of Wolverine. I always have. That sort of deeply ironic and very urban sensibility in a superhero was something that I thought was really groundbreaking. And the style of writing was â€“ 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 Iâ€™m very proud of it.”
Naturally, Liev has nothing but praise for his Aussie co-star.
”I love Hugh. I mean, Hugh is the reason I did it. Weâ€™d been friends for a long time and itâ€™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 didnâ€™t quite have the feet for it. But we had some remarkable fight scenes together, and Iâ€™m looking forward to people seeing those.”
Look out for our entire interview with My Schreiber in the next few days.