Stranger Things’ David Harbour Says He Was Deemed ‘Too Fat’ for Blob Role in X-Men: Origins Wolverine

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“You are telling me I’m too fat to play The Blob?”

Stranger Things star David Harbour was deemed too fat to play The Blob in X-Men: Origins Wolverine.

In an interview with TheWrap, Harbour revealed that one of the film’s casting directors thought The Blob would’ve been “the perfect role” for the actor, because the filmmakers needed “a big guy to wear the suit.”

Harbour eventually read for the role, and his audition was going great until he decided to jokingly yell “I got your Blob right here” while lifting up his shirt and squeezing his belly. After the audition Harbour met with the film’s director, Gavin Hood, who revealed that Harbour didn’t get the part because they were concerned about his health.

“I was like, ‘Wait a minute, dude, pause for one second,’” said Harbour. “‘You are telling me I’m too fat to play The Blob? That’s awesome, I have to get the f— back to New York.’ That’s my audition — so I didn’t get The Blob.”

Though you won’t be able to watch Harbour portray The Blob anytime soon, you can still catch him in the upcoming second season of Stranger Things and the recently-announced Hellboy reboot, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

Alex Gilyadov is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

Well-Received Platformer Outland Is Free On PC Right Now

Looking for a new PC game to play?

Developer Housemarque has announced that its platformer Outland is completely free on Steam right now, but only for the next 48 hours. You have until 10 AM PT on June 8 to pick up the well-received game for the low, low price of $0.00.

Well-Received Platformer Outland Is Free On PC Right Now

Housemarque is giving the game away to celebrate the fact that its latest game, Nex Machina, is now available to pre-order.

Released in 2011, Outland was praised in GameSpot’s 9/10 review.

“This is a game that truly understands what makes a platformer great, and it adds enough unique elements to separate it from its peers,” reviewer Tom McShea said at the time. “From the pacing and difficulty curve to the controls and combat, everything comes together to form an amazing, unified adventure.”

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    Why Wonder Woman Is So Powerful

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    She’s more than meets the eye.

    Wonder Woman is part of DC’s trinity, but what makes her strong enough that fans regard her alongside Batman and Superman? Here’s why Wonder Woman is so powerful.

    (Also, be sure to check out our review of the Wonder Woman movie.)

    By The Gods

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    While Wonder Woman’s origin has changed and evolved as it has been retold over the years, one thing that remains constant is that she is a product of the gods. Whether she was molded out of clay by Amazon Queen Hippolyta and given life by the Greek pantheon or if she’s the illegitimate child of Zeus and Hippolyta, she is a demigod with divine power flowing through her veins. The Gods of Olympus bestowed blessings upon her, providing her with enhanced strength, longevity, speed, durability, senses, beauty and intelligence. Her godly nature also provides her with a natural defense against magical attacks, something that comes in handy when fighting all manner of sorcerers, witches, and supernatural monsters.

    Also, it turns out that Wonder Woman’s iconic bracelets actually keep her true abilities in check, and taking them off unleashes an immense power within her that sends her into rage mode. Taking them off for the first time made for one of the most badass exchanges in all of comic book-dom:

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    The New 52 saw Wonder Woman kill Ares and take his place as the new God of War, giving her all the powers of arguably the most dangerous of the gods. Another notable upgrade came at the end of Blackest Night where she was chosen to wield the power of the Star Sapphire. Although both of these power increases were temporary, they demonstrate that she’s capable of harnessing even more power than she already possesses.

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    She’s formidable enough by nature, but Wonder Woman also makes regular use of a wide variety of special weapons.

    In terms of defense, she does sometimes rely on Amazonian armor and shield, but she always wears her unbreakable bracelets, also known as the Aegis of Athena or the Bracelets of Submission, capable of deflecting bullets, lasers, heat vision and pretty much anything else that comes her way. That’s not to say they can’t be used offensively: she can precisely deflect projectiles back at her enemies like a Jedi or slam the bracelets together to generate a concussive blast. One version of the bracelets could magically produce edged weapons for her to use at a moment’s notice. And another gave her the ability to wield the lightning of Zeus.

    She also has a tiara that provides her some protection against telepathy and gives her the ability to contact her Amazon sisters back home. She can also throw it like a razor-edged boomerang, one sharp enough to slice Superman’s throat.

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    Although if she wants to do some serious cutting she can always rely on her enchanted sword, forged by the god Hephaestus with a blade so fine it can cut the electrons off an atom, if you’re going by the Kingdom Come continuity.

    The Lasso of Truth, also known as the Lariat of Hestia or the Golden Perfect, is Wonder Woman’s most iconic and unique item: a virtually unbreakable lasso made of golden thread. While she does use it as a weapon in battle to whip and capture enemies, it’s magical abilities are where its true value lies. Anyone ensnared in the lasso must speak the truth, which is helpful when you need to get crucial information out of the bad guy you just defeated.

    And finally, Wonder Woman has the ability to fly. Usually this is one of her gifts from the gods, but we’ve also seen her wear the Boots of Hermes to take to the skies. Either way, it allows her to attack from any angle to get the upper hand on her enemies.

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    Overwatch Double XP Weekend Event Coming Up To Conclude Anniversary Event

    Looking to play Overwatch this weekend? You will be doubly rewarded. Blizzard announced today that Overwatch is hosting a double XP event June 8-12 on all platforms.

    The XP bonus applies to almost every way you can earn XP, including completing matches, winning matches, earning medals, and more. Additionally, it stacks with group and IGR bonuses, but it does not boost your first win of the day bonus–that stays at 1500 XP.

    Overwatch Double XP Weekend Event Coming Up To Conclude Anniversary Event

    The double XP event starts June 8 at 5 PM and comes to an end on Monday, June 12, at 11:59 PM PT. You can see how that time converts based on where you live in the image above.

    “It’s been an incredible year, and we’re so thankful you were a part of it,” Blizzard said in a blog post announcing the Double XP event.

    June 12 is also the last day that Overwatch’s Anniversary event, so, if it has to end, going out with double XP sounds pretty nice.

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    The Swords of Ditto, New Action RPG From Devolver Digital, Announced

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    The Swords of Ditto will be released in early 2018 for PS4 and PC.

    Ahead of its appearance at E3 Devolver Digital has unveiled a new action RPG with Roguelike elements set for release in 2018, The Swords of Ditto.

    The single player or co-op RPG will come to PlayStation 4 and PC early next year in which players will fight to take down the evil Mormo, venturing out on “a unique adventure” with a new hero each time they play.

    Developed by Onebitbeyond, Swords will log every new hero’s adventure that a player journeys on, and whatever progress is made in that outing will influence the next. Say, for example, the player stops Mormo, then the next time around the Island of Ditto will be a more joyful place. Players can recover loot and weapons from previous adventures.

    Weapons will range from swords and bows to Frisbees and magical golf clubs, while players can also collect stickers and equip them for boosts and gear perks. Players can traverse the game’s dungeons in any order or even attempt to fight Mormo right from the start.

    Take a look at new screens for The Swords of Ditto below:

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    Ditto will be one of many games appearing at E3. For more, be sure to check out IGN’s continually updated list of E3 2017 games, and stay up to date with when all of the E3 2017 press conferences and live streams are.

    Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.