Hugh Jackman has been a crucial part of the X-Men franchise. With eight movies under his belt, including the original trilogy and prequel films, Jackman is Wolverine. Yet, the release of Logan, the latest chapter in Wolverine’s story, will be his last. Over on the PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network, the Wolverine actor discussed his decision to leave the franchise. You can see the full video here.
On leaving the X-Men movies, Hugh Jackman had this to say:
“I was at a dinner party with Jerry Seinfeld. He has a really clear and very decisive philosophy about creativity and when is the time to call it quits on something. When you should leave the party and when it’s time to go to a new party. And I’ll never forget him saying that, he said, ‘you need to leave something in the tank, that actually if there is, you’ll feel, it’s like ‘OK, I think we might have said everything but I think there’s still a little bit left,’ then that’s the time to go.”
Jackman and his director, James Mangold, have been working on Logan since 2013 and the filming of The Wolverine. In the interview, Jackman says that the moment he knew he was leaving:
“…the ideas really started flooding in. The inspiration and the excitement about it. I’ve never felt that more is at stake. I’ve never felt a movie to be more personal. I’ve never been more involved in the creation or the execution, even promotion of a movie. I am really invested in it and I think that’s because I made the right decision.”
So, this really is Hugh Jackman’s swansong. And what a way to go out. From the western-themed trailers we’ve seen, the film has a very different energy to that of the X-Men series.
Of course, with future X-Men films in the works, the next thing on our minds is who’ll wear the adamantium claws next? Whoever they choose, they are going to have some big shoes to fill.
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