The irony that Peter Jackson cast 6’2- 6’3″ Richard Armitage to play a dwarf under five feet has been the fodder of interviews and fan talk for years.
Now he’s set to play Wolverine in a pod cast audio series.
Funny thing, that. It turns out, the “real” comic character, Wolverine is only 5’3″ tall. One of the potential pitfalls in casting Hugh Jackman for the role, was that he’s about the same height as Richard Armitage. ( In both cases, reports of the exact measurement vary).
Here is a discussion of how the directors handled the disparity. My research revealed that many comic book fans were outraged that Wolverine was going to be played by an actor of over 6′ in the X-Men films, because his height was integral to his character. Sort of how angry Hobbit fans were about Richard Armitage being cast as Thorin (impossible!)
The film-makers thought a very short Wolverine, towered over by female actors, would not be sexy enough for the film, so they didn’t take much care in making Jackman look shorter after a few films.
I have no dog in this fight, but hey: