Daniel Radcliffe Squashes Wolverine Rumors Once More

Radcliffe's candid GQ chat sparks unexpected Wolverine buzz.

by Nouman Rasool
Daniel Radcliffe Squashes Wolverine Rumors Once More
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It's been a year since Daniel Radcliffe clarified that he has no intentions of portraying Wolverine, but the rumor mill hasn't stopped churning. Recently, during a Vanity Fair lie detector test session for his musical, "Merrily We Roll Along," co-stars Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez raised the question: Was it Radcliffe who initiated the talk of him stepping into Wolverine's boots? His answer was simple and direct: no.

Despite his consistent denials, fans can't help but speculate. Fuel was added to the fire when Radcliffe flaunted his sculpted physique in an episode of the TBS comedy series "Miracle Workers" in August. But according to the "Harry Potter" star himself, his fitness transformation was more of a personal pursuit.

"I got buff because I am obsessive... My parents are fitness fanatics, and I guess that trait was passed down," Radcliffe remarked. While he feels flattered by the Wolverine associations, he reiterated, "But no, no Wolverine."

Radcliffe's Playful Interview Regrets

Last year, in an interview with GQ, Radcliffe humorously mentioned how he occasionally plays around with his answers during interviews, leading to the rekindling of such rumors.

He quipped, "I should just never open my mouth." His concern? Committing to a role that he might not resonate with over time. "I just don’t ever want to get locked into something that I am not sure I will be able to love the same amount the whole time," he voiced.

Expanding on the topic, Radcliffe told Entertainment Weekly that the Wolverine speculations might stem from the comic book character's height. "Wolverine is short, and every so often, they're like, 'Which actor is short?' But truly, there's no validity to these rumors," he shared.

However, he did admit that his occasional jesting responses during interviews can unintentionally reignite the whispers. As for Wolverine's future, Hugh Jackman, the iconic actor who brought the character to life in 2000's "X-Men," is set to reprise the role.

Fans eagerly await Jackman's Wolverine in the upcoming Marvel's "Deadpool 3," where he'll star alongside Ryan Reynolds. The anticipation is high, but for now, Radcliffe's involvement remains nothing more than a fanciful rumor.

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