[Movies] Hugh Jackman Discusses Different X-Men Timelines, The Physical Demands of Playing Wolverine, More
Posted by Larry Csonka on 02.28.2014
He also comments on what’s next for the character…
- Hugh Jackman recently spoke about playing Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Here are the highlights…
On Someone Else Possibly Playing Logan: I'm sure they had the discussion. They didn't mention it to me, obviously! [Laughs] Look, that's inevitable, man. Anyone who thinks they're indispensable in this business is fooling themselves. But I feel unbelievably blessed to have this part. I never thought in a million years I'd get to play him seven times. Every day I walk on the set with the claws and the hair, I thank my lucky stars. I don't take any of it for granted. To think that in a second version we'd have this cast and this director, and you guys don't know the script, but I would say probably the best script of all of them, is pretty amazing. I think that's why I'm still here. I'm sure by the way, that it won't always be my decision to always be here. At some point, someone will close the door on me… [Laughs]
On Bouncing Around is Different Timelines in the Different Films: Well luckily, of all the bouncing around I do, the easiest one to bounce back to is Wolverine obviously. For me, the experience kinda gets weirdly… I don't feel, people might presume I'm getting tired of it. I don't. It feels deeper to me and even more engaging than ever. I'm probably having more fun with the character than ever before. But this particular film is one that brings up a lot of feelings of gratitude for me. First of all, to walk on the set in the first few weeks was weird. It was like a reunion with Bryan. I owe a lot to Bryan. He cast me in this character. This was the first film I ever did in America and it had this incredible cast, this great director, and I was playing this unbelievable role. Even if it was bad, I would have said yes, because I had no other options. But it happened to turn out to be a great movie and a great character! [Laughs] And from there to have everyone we've worked with over the last 10 years and now to have James [McAvoy], Jennifer [Lawrence], Michael [Fassbender], and Nick [Hoult], and this incredible cast. It really is, every day is a treat. And to play a character I love -- to me this story is pretty epic and pretty extraordinary. When I first heard about it, I was filming Wolverine, and I thought maybe… And the moment I heard the pitch for this, I thought this is going to be brilliant and there's no way I'm missing out. And I answered 18 more questions than you asked me -- I'm sorry!
On The Physical Demands of The Film: There were some differences with Wolverine, we had the Samurai element, we had some elements of some martial arts that I wanted to incorporate into that, not that he's a martial artist but I wanted him to learn some of that. So I was learning that style. Here my physical preparation because of Wolverine has been even better for this, because I really haven't stopped for almost two years. Because I spent a year preparing for that and we shot that for six months and six months later here we are, or five months later. So in a way, physically in terms of the look of the character, I'm probably in better shape than I was for The Wolverine, which has surprised me. But all the action in this, we've done a little bit of it but most of it is yet to come. So right now, I'm feeling pretty good, but I'm sure my body will be beaten up pretty soon!
On Where the Wolverine Character Goes From Here: Is it okay if I just take a little vacation? [Laughs] I will take a weekend, that's good. Wolverine the musical? No! I don't know, this has been a surprise for me. The Japanese story and that Samurai saga, I've wanted to make that for 10 years. From here on I'm just an open book, so we'll see. We'll wait until I get beaten up in some fight scenes, which come very soon and maybe I will want a longer vacation!