With X-Men: Days of Future Past just around the corner, everyone involved with it has become a primary media target. People want to know more about the flick and about what’s going on behind the scenes. Actor Hugh Jackman (aka Wolverine) was even gracious enough to sit down and talk more about the movie, as well as a bit about the character of Wolverine and other X-Men-centric things. Check out some of what he had to say below.
Jackman talked a bit about taking on the role of Wolverine in back-to-back movies:
In a way it’s easier, because when you’re physically in shape and mentally in that space, it’s easier to follow on, so I had a little time off in between and I did another film in that time and then straight back into it. Grew the sideburns and away we go again!
Expressed his enthusiasm at getting to work with Bryan Singer again as well as his respect for his fellow cast and crew.
I am enjoying him as much as ever, but there’s something about this film that is… I feel so lucky that 14 years later I’m back working with Bryan and all that old… I shouldn’t say old, but the older crew, me too, but also this young cast who I am just so impressed with, in every way. Not just as great actors, but it’s definitely that Bryan and I are walking into their atmosphere, there’s no doubt, obviously that a lot of the film takes place in the past and I’d say a good 60% of it plays there, and it is a sequel to First Class. And they created such a strong bond, and we had such a strong bond that I thought, ‘I wonder how this is going to work out?’ Because all of us coming back together for the third time or fourth time playing, it’s been amazing and I’m really impressed with them. It’s like two great movies in one.
About being involved in one of the most iconic X-Men storylines:
I didn’t know that as much. Obviously I’m more myopic about Wolverine and I didn’t really know X-Men at all before I started. So I’d heard of this comic but I didn’t know it was as beloved or as iconic as I have now found out, but I just know fans are going to flip out at this, because, as they know with Bryan, there’s no director better at handling multi-character stories.
He embraces the emotional side of the story in this fully, there’s a lot of comedy in it as well and all things that – I’m not saying he was scared about – but he was worried in the first one tonally about setting a new tone for these movies, which had been seen as too broad prior, and there really hadn’t been, after the Batman movies, the original series. So he really wanted to create a very realistic, human, emotionally rich dynamic and it’s just gone to another level on this. It’s a very epic, big, big movie.
About his continued presence on the big screen as one of the X-Men’s most-beloved characters:
I’ve grown more confident and probably my appreciation for the character has grown. And that thing where you know there’s a day when you’re not going to be playing it, and that becomes clearer to you. I’ve been doing it for 14 years, so of course at some point I’m going to have to pass it on, so I guard it more jealously, I appreciate it more and I’m enjoying it more than ever. I think the last Wolverine movie was a script I could really get into and this one equally is something I’ve enjoyed as much as any of the others.
About working with two separate actors playing different versions of the same character:
Ian, Michael and Jennifer are really very much in the center here, and Nick, so playing with the younger character, you really get a chance to see a much broader range of that character then we ever really got with Patrick, because he was a much more set character in a way. So his journey is huge and I get to follow it through, as you said, with both actors and both are… all four are incredible actors.
About the much-anticipated X-Men vs. Sentinel action:
Yes, you do see battling and I’ll tell you, you see battling in the future and in the past. And not just me battling them, but all the characters. It’s exciting after doing two Wolverine movies in a row to see how the X-Men work together, so I’m trying to give you a little something without giving you much, but they need to work together in order to bring down the Sentinels.
…in the future, the Sentinels are formidable. They’re formidable in the past, but in the future it is a very dire situation for the X-Men.
About Bryan Singer’s ability to bring such a complex story to life:
I know with Bryan, you could see the evolution from X1 to X2, he’s someone who loves that kind of complexity and story. He’s a ridiculously smart guy. And he understands and can hold so many characters, so it has gone to another level.
It’s important to him to create the most incredible time travel movie of all time.
So Bryan is in his element.
And, naturally, he shoveled out a bit more praise for the upcoming flick:
And the great thing is, I don’t have to sell it because I know the storyline is phenomenal. Any of the cynics out there, it’s going to exceed their expectations by a million miles. Because it’s a very strong, emotional story, which I think has always been the strength of X-Men following the humane and difficult side and tortured side of these superheroes, but it’s also intellectually very, very engaging and the action is ridiculous. It’s – I probably shouldn’t tell you this either – the biggest Fox movie ever outside of Avatar, so it’s a massive movie.
About how the character of Wolverine is developing with the latest flick:
…he’s very much in the center of it in terms of the team, so to speak. And then he’s sent back to try and fix things and, as he says, I’m the last person in the world who should be sent back on this mission. If you want someone to go back to take someone’s head off, fantastic, but he’s really got to go back and almost act in parts as inspiration, as mentor, as guide, because he can’t do it all on his own, which is always his preferred method, but he can’t here because of the nature of the story. So he has to become, not necessarily a leader, because I’d still call Xavier the leader here, but in a way he has to become a facilitator for everyone to come together. Which is not his normal modus operandi and it’s certainly not easy for him.
He had plenty more to say on several other subjects, but you’ll have to head over to Collider to check all that out.
And check out X-Men: Days of Future Past when it hits the theaters in just a few short months, on May 23rd.
And check out the interview in its entirety at Collider.