In just over a month, we will be seeing Hugh Jackman in the film Logan, which has the Australian actor taking on the role of the clawed mutant Wolverine for what is presumably the last time. Given that Jackman has portrayed Wolverine for the past fifteen-plus years, this will be quite the emotional sendoff for fans, who have all grown fond of his take on the character. Say what you will about how short and ugly Wolverine should be, but Jackman has had one heck of a run here, regardless of what you’ve thought of him.
And it’s now, near the release of Logan, that Jackman looks back at the beginnings of his comic book movie career. Speaking with E! Online, he discussed how difficult his first outing was in the franchise.
“I was kind of struggling, to be honest. It was the first movie I had ever done in America. I was pretty tight. I was nervous. I was average, to be honest, at best. No one was saying anything and I sort of thought I was getting away with it, but I wasn’t.”
In fact, so stilted was his performance that studio executive Tom Rothman had to have a sit down with Jackman.
"He told me that he believed in me, that from the moment he'd seen my tape he had a gut feeling I was the guy, but watching my dailies was like watching someone put a lampshade over a light.”
Obviously, not the most flattering conversation Jackman could have had, but the outcome is undeniable. The character Wolverine has, to the chagrin of many X-Men fans, become synonymous with the franchise, and Jackman’s performance is largely responsible for that. As time has gone on, the character has gotten more interesting, and the performance more nuanced. Who would have thought that the little comic book movie called X-Men would have lasted as long as it has, or that they’d be able to keep so much of the original cast along the way?
It’s with all that in mind that many of us will be going into Logan, potentially making for a ridiculously emotional viewing. Are you ready to see the last of the Wolverine? What do you think of Jackman’s comments? Let us know in the comments down below!
Logan hits theaters on March 3, 2017.