It’s the seventh time the actor is wearing Wolverine’s claws.
IT was 14 years ago when the relatively unknown Hugh Jackman got the part of Wolverine in the X-Men movie. This year, Jackman wears Wolverine’s claws for the seventh time in X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
In an interview with the affable Australian actor – who is sporting a full beard for his next role as Blackbeard in the film Pan – he confessed with a twinkle in his eye that he is getting old and just can’t fight the same.
“I haven’t done stunts in 10 years. Come on!” the 45-year-old said in jest.
The truth is he pushes himself harder to get into Wolverine-shape, which he has documented on his Instagram (@thehughjackman).
“Physically, you get tired,” he said when asked if it gets easier to play the role he is most famous for. “The physicality is not only on how he looks. I think it’s important to show his ferocity and the animal side to him, be lean and veiny.
“So I put high standards I suppose each time. But to actually get into the character, that is getting easier. And yet, I sort of don’t want it to be easy, I don’t think anything about Wolverine is easy. Even if he appears to be easy on the outside, his interior shouldn’t be at ease. That’s just who he is – a warrior really, a very complex and tortured hero.”
Although there is no word on how long Jackman would continue to play the role – it all depends on the scripts he gets – he said: “Right now I am enjoying him more than ever. I love playing the character and the movies are getting better. I got goosebumps at the end of this because all I could see are the possibilities not only for Wolverine but the entire X-Men universe.”
But if there was a reboot, who does he think can play Wolverine? “Have you heard the joke of four stages of being an actor in Hollywood?
“There are four stages of being an actor – ‘Who is Hugh Jackman? Get me Hugh Jackman. Get me the younger Hugh Jackman. And who is Hugh Jackman?’ I am rapidly approaching ‘Get me the younger Hugh Jackman.’
“I am not going to make it easier for them. At least I am going to make them work for it, alright. So I am not going to answer that question.” – Mumtaj Begum