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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This year, actor Hugh Jackman officially checked out of his long-running role as the iconic clawed mutant, Wolverine. After playing the character for a solid 17 years, he was able to confidently hang everything up, and step away.

Months prior to the film’s release, Jackman made it clear to fans that Logan would be his final outing as the character, and according to a recent interview between him and Willem Dafoe, he revealed that Jerry Seinfeld had encouraged him to bring things to an end.

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Here’s what Jackman took from the comedian.

“He said, ‘I’ve always believed, you should never spend everything creatively because it’s almost herculean to start up again. You should always have something in the tank.’ Leave the party before it gets too late kind of theory. And then, somehow it spurs you into the next thing. I went home and said to Deb, on my way home in a cab, I said, ‘This is the last one.’ She said, ‘what?’ I said, ‘I just know this is the last one.’ I woke up the next morning with this very strong idea — which Jim Mangold and I have been working on — of treating it not like a comic book movie in any way, treating him not like a superhero, but as a human being, who’s lived a life of violence, and let’s make a movie about the ramifications of violence. I was thinking The Wrestler, I was thinking Unforgiven. The moment I’d had that thought, I was supercharged, super excited, absolutely sure I wouldn’t play him again, and very nervous. Because it’s 17 years…you don’t want to finish on a bad note.”

Given the wonderful critical, fan, and box office reception for Logan, it’s very clear that this was the right choice for Jackman. Not only did the movie succeed as an intriguing character piece, but many even thought it held up as a legitimate piece of artistic cinema, which is a huge compliment given the humble roots of the original X-Men film back in 2000.

What were your thoughts on Logan? Do you agree that it was the perfect note for Jackman to end his run, or do you still wish he’d keep playing the character until he’s too old to walk? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.