Hugh Jackman on ‘The Wolverine’, ‘Days of Future Past’, Would Love to Work With RDJ’s Iron Man & “Kick His Ass”
Hugh Jackman holds something of a place of honor among Marvel characters brought to life on screen. No other actor is so associated or beloved as Jackman’s Wolverine, and with both The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past, he’ll have played the character a total of seven times! An almost unheard of achievement for any role, perhaps except James Bond. Take that, RDJ.
Even when the movie’s a stinker like X3 or Wolverine: Origins, Jackman comes out on top. No matter what, fans love him as Wolverine. Which is a good thing, because like I said, he’s got two more films coming down the line. Making the press rounds lately, Jackman’s been talking nothing but Wolverine, and here I’ve gathered the best quotes and clips from his interviews.
Speaking with Screen Rant, Jackman discussed why James Mangold‘s The Wolverine doesn’t need to rated R in order to be intense,
We talked about it. Darren and I talked about it. Jim and I talked about it. The studio and I talked about it. By the way, they were open to that idea because if you’re ever going to make a real character R-rated, Wolverine’s the one, and I can… part of me would just love to indulge in the freedom that that gives you. On the same point, and I worked with him, but I’m forever grateful to Chris Nolan because I think what he’s shown is actually the R-rating is not necessary to give you a satisfying, smart, dark, emotionally complex story. All I said to Darren and I said to Jim, I said, ‘It’s tempting , could be great.’ Obviously, the samurai elements, and you think of the history of blood spattering and all of that, the visuals, all of that, which is so tempting, I can’t tell you in the last 10 years how many 11, 13, 15 year olds, 17 year-olds that I’ve met that it’s not just ‘cool movie, man,’ what it means to them. And so, I say, we’ve gotta have an incredible reason to deliberately exclude them, because that’s what we’re saying. We’re saying, ‘This is not for you,’ or ‘you can watch it in six years’ time. I mean, of course, they’ll all watch it anyway. But the message is, ‘This is not for you.’ And I just said, ‘In the end, actually, everything we wanted to do with an R-rated version, we are doing in terms of who the character is.’
First of all, can you imagine Jackman rattling this answer at super speed with his accent? The man’s clearly excited. But he also brings up a great point with the distinction about kids still seeing a R-rated film, but the message it brings is it wasn’t made with them in mind. I like how considerate he is of the audience. And of course, no matter the rating, we’ll still get plenty of Wolverine beating the snot out of everyone. That’s guaranteed.
Hit the jump for more from Jackman about this summer’s The Wolverine, as well as his role in Bryan Singers‘ DOFP.
Again speaking with Screen Rant Jackman dropped some hints to the classic “Old Man Logan” arc from the comics and how that’s influencing The Wolverine. Specifically, when is this movie taking place for Wolverine?
A few years, not that far. So, it’s not that long after X-Men 3 finishes, long enough so that you see him—and you’ve probably seen the pictures of me with a really long ass beard and the long hair. Right. So, obviously long enough for that, and long enough to feel that he’s settled into this kind of rut that he’s in. Essentially, he’s doing his best to stop himself from inflicting more damage and pain on everyone around him. I didn’t answer the second part about the older. I think that would be fascinating, and I think that I can’t really answer that question because you’re onto something.
After The Wolverine releases this summer on July 26th there’s still the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past releasing a year later on July 18th, 2014, and the promise it’ll sort of, kind of connect
“I thought, I wonder if they’ll want me to cameo again?” he said of first hearing about the movie. However, after being sent an 8-page synopsis of the story, he was extremely impressed with both the story and his role in it. “I was like, ‘Okay, this is a slam-dunk idea. This, actually, is phenomenal. I think this will be, for X-Men, like The Avengers.’ And I think it is…” As for how he feels about reprising the role of Wolverine so soon after wrapping up work on latest solo outing, he added: “I was a little frustrated because I was nearing the end of a 12-to-18 month physical odyssey and getting ready to have Christmas off – and lasagnes. And I’m, unfortunately, not as young as I was, so I have to start earlier and go for longer. So I was like, Okay, we gotta keep going.’ But I’m really excited about it, and I never thought in a million years I would play one character in seven movies.”
I know what Jackman’s getting for his DOFP wrap gift – lasagne. Can you imagine? The poor man, deprived the pasta he loves, just so he can keep bringing us his incomparable Wolverine. What devotion.
Lastly, again talking to Screen Rant – who’ll be debuting their full interview with Jackman soon, keep your eyes open! – he talked in bit more detail about his wish to see Wolverine shoulder to shoulder with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest of Marvel’s Avengers,
You know, obviously we have people from—one of the great things about this movie is that a lot of people from Marvel are here and it seems a lot more inclusive than it has been in the past. I don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes, but I think it’s fantastic. I actually just asked the other day, I said, ‘I don’t know what the legal situation is, but why don’t these companies come together? Why isn’t it possible?’ Because personally, I would love to mix it up with Robert Downey Jr. and Iron Man and kick his ass. It’d be great. (laughs) There you go. There’s your quote. (Laughs)
Thank you, sir. It’s already made the headline.
Are you guys excited for The Wolverine? Any leftover reservations from Origins? Do you think we’ll ever see Jackman’s Wolverine and RDJ’s Iron Man in the same movie?
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