Hugh Jackman admits he was hesitant to leave Wolverine
Much to the delight of fans, Hugh Jackman recently revealed that he isn’t done playing X-Men fan favorite Wolverine yet. And instead of just make a rumor in the film, the actor is expected to join good friend ryan reynolds when its dead Pool The franchise makes its debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a surprising update on Dead Pool 3, Reynolds revealed that he will be joined by Jackman in the film. More recently, Jackman also admitted to having been hesitant to walk away from the character since announcing his decision years ago.
Hugh Jackman says it’s time to quit the party after playing Wolverine for 17 years
Jackman has been Wolverine for most of his career. The actor landed the role after Dougray Scott was unavailable due to a scheduling conflict with mission: impossible 2. Since then, Jackman had played the famed Marvel mutant through various x-men films, as well as his first stand-alone film, The glutton.
And then, a few years later in 2017, Jackman returned for Logan. The Oscar-nominated film was supposed to be the actor’s latest outing in the x-men universe.
“I know Australians aren’t known for leaving the party at the right time but (after) 17 it’s time to leave the party,” the actor even remarked while promoting the movie.
Logan was supposed to mark Hugh Jackman’s final film as Wolverine
As such, Jackman was willing to take a big risk to Logan. For starters, it was his first time playing Wolverine in an R-rated film as he openly explored the dark side of the character.
“He’s a man whose life is centered around violence,” Jackman explained. “It seemed very challenging thematically, not just in terms of the graphic violence but the consequences of the violence, it seemed impossible to do this as a PG-13 movie and really get into the thematics of this and at a serious level.”
Meanwhile, James Mangold, the writer-director who helmed Logan after leading The gluttonalso revealed that he and the actor both agreed that it made sense that the character would meet his end in this film.
“It was really Hugh and me in the beginning,” he revealed. “It seemed logical, that if it was his last movie, he either just went over the horizon or he died.”
Interestingly, Mangold also dismissed the idea of Jackman playing Wolverine again at this point, even saying, “I’d be surprised if Hugh put him back together.”
Ryan Reynolds was ‘relentless’ in convincing Hugh Jackman to play Wolverine again
Jackman may only have started appearing in Reynolds Dead Pool 3 teasers recently but it turns out his frenemy tried to convince him to appear in dead Pool for quite a while now.
During a Sunday interview today with Willie Geist, Jackman revealed that Reynolds was “relentless” in getting him to do a Marvel collaboration.
“He keeps coming back to me in all these ways and shapes and forms,” the actor continued. “I just said, ‘You know, I don’t think the world really wants to see Deadpool with Wolverine.’ Maybe a Deadpool cameo? I just think it’s overflowing for Deadpool.
Unbeknownst to many however, Jackman was already beginning to think that perhaps, announcing his retirement from the x-men the universe was a mistake.
Hugh Jackman Admits He Had Doubts About Saying Goodbye To Wolverine While Watching Deadpool
About a year before Logan was about to be released, Jackman attended a screening of Reynolds dead Pool. And that’s when he realized that his announcement may have been premature.
“I went to a screening of dead Pool. I was at 20 minutes, and I was like, ‘Ah, shit!’ “remembered the actor. “All I saw in my head was 48 hours. with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. So it had been brewing for a long time. It just took me longer to get here.
How Jackman got here seems like another interesting story. After Reynolds pleaded with the actor “on a daily basis” for more than three years, Jackman finally relented. Finally, he called Reynolds to let him know he was on board.
Coincidentally, Reynolds was supposed to meet Kevin Feige about Dead Pool 3 at this moment. And the Marvel Studios chief honcho has made no secret that he’s been trying to get Jackman to play Wolverine again for the MCU.
“I asked Kevin to talk about what the future holds, if anything, dead Pool in this transaction,” Reynolds recalled of his previous meeting with Feige after Disney merged with Fox.
“The topic came up at the meeting about whether we could find a way to do a Deadpool-Wolverine pairing. It was not possible then. That this is happening now is quite exciting.
Meanwhile, as for Mangold, he’s thrilled to learn that Jackman is going to be an X-Men again. “Oh my God! Everyone relax. Just kidding! I’m fine! LOGAN will always be here,” he wrote in a tweet.
“Multiverse or prequel, time warp or wormhole, canon or non-canon or even without justification, I can’t wait to see what madness my dear friends @VancityReynolds and @RealHughJackman cook up!”
Dead Pool 3 is tentatively scheduled for November 8, 2024.