Daniel Radcliffe is working out, but not for the reasons fans had hoped.
During a lie detector test, Radcliffe, along with his “Merrily We Roll Along” co-stars Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez, denied allegations that he’ll soon be sporting adamantium claws and a bad attitude as Marvel’s Wolverine.
Fans have long imagined the “Harry Potter” star filling in for Hugh Jackman, who has played the iconic mutant in various films since 2000, in a new series of films after his character was killed off in 2017’s “Logan.”
After wowing fans with his shredded muscles in the Season 4 finale of “Miracle Workers” earlier this year, Daniel Radcliffe revived the rumors about his rumored role, encouraging people to assume his strong body was a hint he’d be playing Wolverine soon.
But Radcliffe claims there is no truth to the rumors and that he did not start them.
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He told Groff and Mendez that he got into shape because he is “obsessive.”
“Yes. I became buff because I am compulsive and want to… You’ve seen my parents; they’re insane fitness freaks. So that was just passed on. But no. There will be no Wolverine. “I’m flattered, but no,” Daniel Radcliffe replied.
Last year, Radcliffe, 34, told “The View” that he believes the Wolverine allegations persist because “Wolverine is short, so every so often they’re like, ‘Who’s a short actor?'” There has never been any truth to it.”
He went on to say: “Every so often I get bored of answering the questions sensibly, so I just make a joke like I did the other day and that sort of has reignited the rumors of it, but there’s nothing going on.”
In an interview with GQ a year ago, Radcliffe clarified that any stories indicating he was considering the part were “purely a press tour rumor.”
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“I say something, and then occasionally I get bored of answering that way so I say something different, and that sets it off again,” he said. “I should just never open my mouth.”
Daniel Radcliffe also stated that he had no desire to play Wolverine.
“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 went on to say.
Though viewers will not see Daniel Radcliffe in costume, Jackman is set to reprise his role as Wolverine in the upcoming “Deadpool 3” picture, which will be released in theatres on May 3, 2024.