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THE MOVIE: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Hugh Jackman • Liev Schreiber • Ryan Reynolds • Will.I.Am • Taylor Kitsch • Lynn Collins
DIRECTOR: Gavin Hood

The cast Hugh Jackman

Itís been nine years since X-Men rocketed Hugh Jackman to international stardom for his performance as Logan/Wolverine, a fierce fighting machine who possesses amazing healing powers, adamantium claws and a primal fury known as berserker rage. Now Jackman is front and center in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which chronicles the mutantís early life.

U.S. RELEASE: May 1 2009, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13


How protective do you feel about this movie versus the other X-Men movies, since this is really you, front and center?:
Hugh Jackman and Gavin HoodObviously, this movie has a different dimension, as a producer. Particularly, I found myself asking the cast what they thought of the movie, and I was nervous about it. In that way, I feel itís more personal to me. Itís more my baby. I asked all these actors and Gavin Hood, the director, to come on board, so obviously Iím more attached to it. It feels more personal. Thatís the difference.

Why was it important to you to include more of Wolverineís relationships in this, as well as the action, since comic book fans just want to see the action? :
I donít think thatís true. Comic book fans have loved Wolverine, and all the X-Men characters, for more than the action. I think thatís what sets it apart from many of the other comic books. In the case of Wolverine, when he appeared, he was a revolution really. He was the first anti-hero. There were not just good guys versus bad guys, but an internal battle of good and bad, going on within the character. Thatís why people relate to them. Each one of them has a personal battle going on, and thatís why audiences can relate.

In this Wolverine display the rage he felt in earlier movies...:
Angry WolverineI knew exactly what fans wanted, and not just the comic book fans, but fans of the movie. Itís fair to say that, by X-Men 3, Wolverine had gone a little soft, and I agree with them there. What fans love about Wolverine is his more uncompromising approach to life. He is who he is. Heís not always a nice guy. He has got edge. Heís an anti-hero, and thereís also a vulnerability in there.

This is your fourth time playing this same character. What is new for you about it? :
Everything felt new to me. Yes, Iím playing the same character, but Iím filling in approximately 100 years of his life that had never been explored before and had been unknown to him. I wanted to see him evolve. Even though I had played the role three times, and it was the fourth time putting the claws on, I wanted to make it feel fresh, new, deeper and, hopefully, more honest.

Sparks fly with Wolverine

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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