Ahoy fellow bastards. Listen, I’m suffering a pretty bad cold right now. It’s like Darth Maul is having a Sith training session with my lungs. It’s hard to formulate any thoughts when it feels like Jabba the Hutt, or a very angry fat woman is sitting on my face. Suffice to say, I’m in no mood to exert any effort. .
Anyway, coming off the rather stale and out-right insult that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the upcoming, stand-alone flick The Wolverine. It’s being scripted by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), it will be directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) and will star Hugh Jackman. The story will follow Wolverine in Japan, which mirrors the 1982 ‘Wolverine’ miniseries classic, by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Expectations are rather high.
How does Hugh Jackman feel about the talent involved this time around? Geoff Boucher of The LA Times talked with Hugh Jackman by phone recently. It seems the Aussie actor had much to say about his next foray into portraying every one’s favorite nasty, little, Canadian, mutant known as The Wolverine.
From Hero Complex…
I remember coming by your office back in the summer of 2009, and you were already talking about your hopes of making a movie out of Marvel’s 1982 ”Wolverine” miniseries, the classic by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. And now you’re doing just that — and with director Darren Aronofsky, of all people. You must be thrilled.
I’m really, really pumped about it. I feel like all the planets are
finally aligned to make a great movie. We finally have the character and with this mythology — ever since [the 2000 Bryan Singer film] “X-Men,” when I was kind of hanging around and reading all these comics, because I was cast before I ever read any X-Men comics, so I was trying to get my hands on everything. I remember saying to [producer] Lauren Shuler Donner, “Lauren, I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen this Japanese story, and I think it’s so good. It’s just genius, it’s brilliant.” And we kind of always talked about it from there on. I sort of even wanted to do that in the third X-Men movie at first, but we thought, no, we really need to establish who he is at first, and we did that [with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”], and now this is sort of the cherry on top, to finally do it and have Darren Aronofsky direct it. I love his gung-ho attitude toward it and great vision. Straight off, it’s not a sequel, it’s a stand-alone, and I think we’re going to make one that people will describe as the best of the bunch.
Well, it better be, right? I mean with that revered source material and the director of “Black Swan” and “The Wrestler” — not to mention a script by Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote “The Usual Suspects” – the expectations are going to be pretty high for this one.
Right, absolutely, and Chris McQuarrie has done a script that is just phenomenal. I read a story once that said that he wrote “The Usual Suspects” in 15 days, and with this one he said to me, “I just knew what I wanted, and it came out real easy.” And he’s done an unbelievable job with it, and with Darren it’s just really exciting. I’m as excited as anybody to see what we come up with. I know we’re going to be met with huge expectations. The expectations will be high, but he’s one of the great filmmakers out there. I worked with him before [on “The Fountain”], and I knew as soon as I met him that he should be doing movies like this. He’s been looking a long time, and I’ve asked him to do other ones, and this time it worked out. I’m beyond thrilled.
How much you weighing?
Right now, I’m at 210.
Wow, so you’re going to be bigger this time? Last time, you looked about, what, 190?
Yeah, right, I was 190, something like that. I don’t know how much I want to give away about it, but Darren said with the last one, ‘Hey you looked great, but you’re so tall that in those long shots you looked kind of like Clint Eastwood, and that’s not Wolverine.” He said that Wolverine, in the comics, is powerful, stocky, you know, he’s short and thick. So he said, ‘I want you to go there, get bigger.’ He’s going to come down after he gets done with all the black-tie events over and done with.