Yesterday, EW released an interview with Hugh Jackman, or as most of us have come to know him, Wolverine. Jackman announced that the latest Wolverine film Logan would be his last as the adamantium-wearing mutant. Nothing has held Jackman and his director James Mangold back from creating their true vision for Logan. And this is obvious from the very different look and feel of the film. We have a grittier, harder-hitting film than any X-Men film before it. We see Wolverine taking care of an aging Professor X and young mutant girl, Laura, against a western-themed backdrop. Now, following on from Hugh Jackman’s interview, EW have released two more with Patrick Stewart and director, James Mangold.
The two men talked about Logan, and why it is so different from the rest of the franchise. Cue Mangold:
“They’re just dealing with their own human issues of survival, loss and fear, and I thought that would be really refreshing…”
In the interview, Mangold also talks about the production of the film:
“This was really a film where, when Hugh and the studio turned to me, there was a blank page about what it was. There was ambition, but it was a blank page what we were doing next an the idea of pulling in Laura, X23, the idea of putting Charles and Logan together. Charles, ailing – making the movie essentially about family. About love. You know, about your dedication and loyalty to an ailing Father – your dedication and your loyalty and responsibility for a child, and putting these demands on a character, Logan, who is so loathed to be intimate with anybody.”
On the themes surrounding Logan, Patrick Stewart had this to say:
“Every one of these films has been about society and about something that was directly connected to the world we live in today, to society at large. Never more so than with ‘Logan’, and never has it been more timely for a movie about otherness and the persecution of otherness…”
It’s clear that Logan is a very passionate film. Not least because we’re saying goodbye to one of cinema’s longest serving superhero actors. As Patrick Stewart says, the X-Men franchise has always dealt with otherness. Yet, Logan takes this deeper and into much darker territory. Rather than focus on the usual superhero glamour, they’ve opted to tell a much more intimate story. Let’s hope that, unlike other superhero films, Logan really does stand the test of time.
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