When the first X-Men film went into production, Dougary Scott had been cast as Wolverine.

However, after Mission Impossible II went over schedule, and amidst some rumored pressure from Tom Cruise, Scott was forced to withdraw from the film.

As a result, the producers of X-Men took their chance on a relatively unknown young Australian actor named Hugh Jackman.

And the rest, as they say, is Marvel Cinematic History.

Indeed, it's rather shocking that Hugh Jackman wasn't the first choice for Wolverine, as it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role, so perfect was the rugged yet vulnerable Jackman.

Something even Dougary Scott has come to admit himself.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, however, is only one of countless instances of a role being so perfectly cast, that it's impossible to fathom anyone else in the role.


Redditor MKE_Now was curious to hear which actors other people thought were perfectly cast in classic film and television roles, leading them to ask:
"What actor or actress was the most perfectly cast role in film or television?"

The Resemblance Was Not Lost On HIm...

"Patrick Stewart as Professor X."

"Even as a kid reading the comics and watching the cartoon, I just pictured him as Professor X. It almost felt inevitable."- Michael_Oxlong

Patrick Stewart In Just About Anything!

"Patrick Stewart as Picard. actually gets better and better as years go on too."- Michael_Oxlong

Still Scared Of Him To This Day...

"Anthony Hopkins, 'Silence of the Lambs'."- creativeNZ

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We're HER Number One Fan...

"Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in 'Misery', nobody else could touch that role."- Weak-Acanthisitta-18·

We Love Him So Much, Because He's Not Our Dad!

'How about Kurtwood Smith on That 70’s Show."

"Loves/hates his family perfectly."- tbr6742

"If He Puts His Mind To It, He Can Accomplish Anything!"

"I can't imagine anyone else playing Doc Brown except for Christopher Lloyd."- inksmudgedhands

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"It's Almost Time For Turkey Sandwiches..."

"James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano."- ReyRamone

Taking Deadpan To A Whole New Level

"Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson."- boblikeshispizza

No Better Casting Call...

"Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman!"- mcturtleburger

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'The Dude Abides"...

"Jeff Bridges as The Dude in 'Big Lebowski'."- Robadamous

The baton for playing Batman, James Bond and even Mary Poppins has been graciously, mostly successful, passed on, despite some very big shoes to fill.

But fine as Emily Blunt, Daniel Craig and Robert Pattinson did carrying on their respective legacies, they would be the first to admit that their blueprint was set by Julie Andrews, Sean Connery, and George Clooney.

Hey, he did the best he could with that script....