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It turns out that the actress was offered the role of Rogue in 2000’s X-Men, the groundbreaking film that jump-started the big-screen superhero craze, Cook said in a recent profile in The New York Times.
Noting that turning down the role because she did not want to work with a greenscreen was a “huge misstep,” the actress told the Times, “As soon as I saw the posters for it, I knew that I’d made a mistake.”
Commenting on her career at the time, Cook admitted, “I really thought what everyone told me was correct when they said, ‘What we need to do now is make sure you’re taken seriously,’ I definitely did things for the wrong reasons.”
The Rogue role would instead go to Cook’s She’s All That co-star, Oscar winner Anna Paquin, who would play the iconic Marvel character in a total of four X-Men films.
In an interview over the summer, Paquin said she and Hugh Jackman became fast friends during their work on the first X-Men film, with the actress even helping pick cigar out of his teeth because his fists were full of, well, claws.
“Hugh was the person I was always closest with because I had all my scenes with him,” Paquin said on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show. “He is still a lovely, gracious human being.”
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