Hugh Jackman Will be Wolverine Till The Day he Dies

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Hugh Jackman Will be Wolverine Till The Day he Dies

Wolverine - Hugh Jackman

The Australian actor says he's got to find a way to keep playing Wolverine until he dies.

For X-men fans who were introduced to the franchise with Fox's cinematic offerings, Hugh Jackman simply is Wolverine, just as Pattrick Stewart is Professor X. It's hard to imagine any other actor filling his shoes - a sentiment Jackman himself agrees with. Speaking with Cigar Aficionado, the Australian actor reveals that Micheal Keaton's Birdman inspired him to take greater pride in the Wolverine character.

"I said to my wife, 'The moral is that I should never stop playing Wolverine. I've got to find a way to keep playing him until I die,'" said Jackman, although he did add that "I know that someday they'll recast the role with another actor...I'd be happy if the role was eventually recast. It would mean that it had become iconic."

He says every time he plays the character, he gets better at it. "I always want to be in better shape than I was for the last one. I don't believe in stagnation. People say they try to maintain the status quo. But I believe the natural cycle means you're either advancing and getting closer to something or you're receding," he explained.

"Every time I play Wolverine I want to go further, physically and emotionally."

He's certainly nailed the role in all of the movies he's played him in, but good ol' Hugh, unlike Logan, does actually age, and with the past/future direction the latest X-men movies are taking, you've got to wonder how long it will be before they have to recast a younger actor.

Source: Cigar Aficionado via E Online

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Now if only the writters of the Wolverine movies tried to be better too.

Now if only the X-verse could somehow join the MCU so that we could get that epic fight we always wanted - Wolverine Vs The Incredible Hulk. Unkillable vs Unstoppable, Best There Is vs Strongest There Is. Disney, ya know you can do it, you got Parker back and supposedly he's the more iconic hero. Wolverine shouldn't be hard.

While I was familiar with the character before Jackman took over, he really has become W0olverine for me. U really enjoyed the last Wolverine movie so I'm hoping they do another one (though, like it or not, the X-Men movies are largely Wolverine movies too).

I unfortunately dislike the X-Men movies... But I highly respect this and hope it to be the case. If Marvel gets the X-Men movie rights back, I hope they Dr. Strange him into the MCU.

Remus:
Now if only the X-verse could somehow join the MCU

I'm of the camp that believes X-men are at their best when they're separate from the rest of the Marvel universe.

Fantasy-superpower-racism only works when the world isn't crawling with superpower'd people.

I think Jackmans got awhile before he ages out of the role. Wolverine is supposed to be this hardened weathered man of indeterminate age. He's supposed to feel a bit older than everyone around him. I worry more for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.

"Pattrick Stewart is Proffessor X"

Uhh...got an affinity for unnecessary double letters? :P

OT: I really liked Hugh Jackman as Wolvie back when I was 12. Now I quite honestly don't remember the last X-Men movie that I watched and I really don't have strong feels about the franchise or the casting. But if they decide to keep Hugh, eventually it's going to either drop back into computer retouched youth or simple cameo duty (or both).

Eventually is the key word though. I think he's still got the right rugged look about him to keep it going for quite a while.

Isn't there some joke to be made about Logan not being killable? Or am I just not familiar enough with that part of the Sacred Marvel Canon?

Remus:
Now if only the X-verse could somehow join the MCU so that we could get that epic fight we always wanted - Wolverine Vs The Incredible Hulk. Unkillable vs Unstoppable, Best There Is vs Strongest There Is. Disney, ya know you can do it, you got Parker back and supposedly he's the more iconic hero. Wolverine shouldn't be hard.

I'd prefer if they first tried to actually make good films instead of lukewarm hype trains. Also if they didn't shit the bed with every Hawkeye-related decision ever made.

Naqel:
Fantasy-superpower-racism only works when the world isn't crawling with superpower'd people.

Actually there was a great chapter of Worm that dealt with that sort of prejudice, and the Wormverse has way more parahumans (statistically speaking, plus all these powers are actually powers and not just people who are smart/roided up) than the Marvel or DC settings.

deathbydeath:
Actually there was a great chapter of Worm that dealt with that sort of prejudice, and the Wormverse has way more parahumans (statistically speaking, plus all these powers are actually powers and not just people who are smart/roided up) than the Marvel or DC settings.

Wait... someone else on here has read Worm? HOLY SHIT!

And I was just talking to someone about my hopes that they would recast all the X-Men soon so that the MCU could have their own versions without having to shell out buckets of cash for the A-listers who make up the core X-Men. Ah well, I can't complain about seeing more Jackman, I like his acting.

He definitely became the definitive film version of the character. I'd find it really hard to see him recast. I feel the same about a lot of the Marvel cast these days. They'd have to change the whole marvel universe around form me to except them recasting someone other then Chris Evens as Steve Rogers, or Someone else as Tony Stark. They used their one acceptable recast with the hulk.

We got a film version of The Avengers.
We got a film version of Guardians of the Galaxy.
We're getting a film version of The Inhumans.

It's not out of the realm of possibility to hope that an aged Hugh Jackman will be starring in a film version of Old Man Logan.

What a time to be alive.

Scrythe:
It's not out of the realm of possibility to hope that an aged Hugh Jackman will be starring in a film version of Old Man Logan.

Believe, my friend. Believe hard.
If we believe hard enough, this movie might just become a real thing at some point in the future.
And if it does, I will weep at the glory of the nigh-impossible made manifest.

I love this, but the one thing I would like more is that he would stop getting SO ripped every time he plays the role, Wolverine was never THAT fit, and the amount of physical exhaustion this guy goes through when doing it is a bit too much.

If I remember correctly, that was exactly why he said a while ago that he had to stop.

Just "pre-age" the character in a movie through some artificial means (alien life-sucking space rays or whatever), using makeup and whatnot. Thus, you'll be able to keep him the same (older) age for the rest of the movies as the actor ages. Or set a movie/a series so far into the future, that a truly ancient Logan will look slightly older (this is assuming Logan ages very, very slowly, rather than not aging at all). The regular X-Men couldn't be around then, of course, but perhaps Logan could try to restart them in the far future or something.

Link_to_Future:
"Pattrick Stewart is Proffessor X"

Uhh...got an affinity for unnecessary double letters? :P

OT: I really liked Hugh Jackman as Wolvie back when I was 12. Now I quite honestly don't remember the last X-Men movie that I watched and I really don't have strong feels about the franchise or the casting. But if they decide to keep Hugh, eventually it's going to either drop back into computer retouched youth or simple cameo duty (or both).

Eventually is the key word though. I think he's still got the right rugged look about him to keep it going for quite a while.

The X-men movies, and their casting has been mostly fantastic. The "new" x-men movies revived the franchise beautifully and they came full circle with the days of future past. Which was actually great, particularly for being a "time-travel" movie.

The only x-men movie that has been mediocre is the 3rd one, and mostly because wolverine had to act so very out of character, but even that had many awesome scenes.

tzimize:
The X-men movies, and their casting has been mostly fantastic. The "new" x-men movies revived the franchise beautifully and they came full circle with the days of future past. Which was actually great, particularly for being a "time-travel" movie.

The only x-men movie that has been mediocre is the 3rd one, and mostly because wolverine had to act so very out of character, but even that had many awesome scenes.

Oh, I don't doubt that the new ones are probably pretty ok. I'd even heard that First Class was pretty damn decent from everyone who has seen it.

X-Men have just never really done anything for me as a group. The first movie was fun but I latched onto Spiderman way harder and just sort of didn't watch any of the other X-Men films. By the time I was able to start being a bit less discerning about my movie going dollars, we were in the middle of a string of movies that were not exactly being reviewed well (Last Stand, Origins) and I didn't feel the need to jump on the train.

I don't doubt that there is something there for people who care about the stories and the characters. I'm just not particularly interested.

faefrost:
I think Jackmans got awhile before he ages out of the role. Wolverine is supposed to be this hardened weathered man of indeterminate age. He's supposed to feel a bit older than everyone around him. I worry more for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.

He certainly is a fine wine of a Wolverine. I look back now to the first X-Men movie and it's like he's a little kid, while in Days of Future Past he has this terrific old, punch-drunk appearance.

Your spell checker is doing some weird and wonderful things, Mr Bogos.

I think Mr. Jackman got something different out of Birdman than I did...

Maybe he looked at Michael Keaton's career and thought "fuck I better keep playing Wolverine or people will forget me"

Steven Bogos:
People say they try to maintain the status quo. But I believe the natural cycle means you're either advancing and getting closer to something or you're receding," he explained.

He's right, of course.
Age: advancing; Hairline: receding

Steven Bogos:
Pattrick Stewart is Proffessor X.

Isn't he the one whose superpower is the ability to use a spellcheck?

Naqel:
I'm of the camp that believes X-men are at their best when they're separate from the rest of the Marvel universe.

Fantasy-superpower-racism only works when the world isn't crawling with superpowered people.

I agree X-Men are better separate, but for the exact opposite reason. The entire point of the X-Men universe is that the world is crawling with superpowered people; that there are millions of mutants all over the world, living in your town and on your street, but that for the most part you will never know unless they actually tell you. But with the rest of the Marvell universe, and even more so the MCU, superpowers are extremely rare and the few examples are famous precisely because of that. There's nothing special about Captain America if everyone has a friend who can do everything he can and more.

Just think of how many superheroes there actually are in the MCU. Black Widow and Hawkeye are just regular humans with a bit of training, Iron Man is clever but otherwise a regular human, Captain America is supposedly the peak a regular human can reach. Only Hulk and Thor have actual superpowers, and one of them is a magic alien from another dimension. There are evidently going to be more showing up soon, but after nine films that's so far a grand total of one human with actual superpowers (plus a few villains of course, who have mostly been killed off). Compare that to X-Men, which features a school full of superpowered kids playing around with magic powers for fun just as the opening.

Far from fantasy-superpower-homophobia (it may have been racism in the comics, but the films aren't exactly subtle about their point) only working when the world isn't crammed full of superpowers, it can only work when it is. The allegory only works when there are millions of ordinary looking people who happen to be different from the norm in some way. Throwing the Hulk into the X-Men universe wouldn't cause it problems at all, but throwing millions of mutants into the MCU would really screw up a world which has been built around the existence of one small group of superheroes being a really a big deal.

He's 46 and in great shape. I'd say he's got the job for awhile.

Somewhat unhealthy to want to play a role until you die, but I think the idea is the pursuit of trying. Like saying "I want to be on top of my game until the day I die".

Eh, he's Australian, sure, but as far as I know, he's not gay or bi.

All the interesting characters are played by people from commonwealth nations, preferably who are gay or bi as well. Mckeelen, Page, Paquin...everyone else plays someone that tends towards whiny and boring. Stewart is British, but AFAIK, straight, so he's sorta interesting as the professor.

Given that Page wasn't out when they cast her, I'm guessing this is a bizarre coincidence, rather than some weird casting choices.

Thats terrible news. He is great at Wolverine, don't get me wrong. Just that as long as he is playing that character he will always be front and center of every movie. They need to give some of the other characters more screen time. Or they could release an Uncanny Xmen (or one of the others) movie with new characters.

Jackman does perform well in the role, and most people know Jackman's Wolverine is the portrayal they're most familiar with, but he's playing Fox's Wolverine not Marvel's.

Oh dear, he best not age, otherwise he'll let down all the people who saw that one bit in Days of Future Past... you all know it.

As great as it is that he's dedicated to the character, it only encourages FOX to keep having Wolverine be the main character. It worked for Days of Future Past, but by God did it make the plot contrived which isn't a healthy thing.

Funny. Just yesterday I was thinking about who could play him after Jackman and I couldn't figure it out. Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine as far as I'm concerned. He's great. He should have a statue.

I like person who can just enjoy a role and not get all worried about being typecast and pull out after e few movies. Hope they do an Old Man Logan movie in a few years.

But Wolverine doesn't die...wait did Hugh Jackman say he is going to try and be immortal?

My choice for Old Man Logan would be Michael Rooker. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Rooker)
Don't get me wrong I think Hugh Jackman has done a great job but "Old Man Logan"needs a new face.

What they need to do is to just shoot all possible Wolverine scenes now... and then film the eventual movies around those, later on.

josemlopes:
Now if only the writters of the Wolverine movies tried to be better too.

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I liked X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Casual Shinji:

faefrost:
I think Jackmans got awhile before he ages out of the role. Wolverine is supposed to be this hardened weathered man of indeterminate age. He's supposed to feel a bit older than everyone around him. I worry more for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.

He certainly is a fine wine of a Wolverine. I look back now to the first X-Men movie and it's like he's a little kid, while in Days of Future Past he has this terrific old, punch-drunk appearance.

Doesn't hurt that the man is more ripped than ever in DoFP.

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