I was Hugh Jackman’s stuntman in Wolverine
HUGH Jackman‘s longtime Wolverine stuntman said it was imperative to never come into physical contact with the actor during fight scenes.
“But if the actor hits you, then you have to ignore it and say, ‘O, my fault’, even if it was all his fault,” Daniel Stevens told The Sun. “You have to downplay and make the actor feel good.”
He recalled a time when he was on the set of the movie Kong: Skull Island, where he had to catch a sword that John C. Reilly threw and cut his hand.
“He was supposed to throw it sideways so I could catch it, but one day he threw it straight at me with the tip on me and stabbed me in the hand.
“And I was just like, ‘Ohh sorry. My bad.’ He asked me if it cut me and I just said, ‘No, no. I’m fine because my hand is bleeding.'”
It’s the added pressure he had to endure during fight scenes with the legendary actor in the 2017 film Logan, which was Jackson’s swan song as Wolverine.
It was Stevens’ fourth time to voice Jackman as the beloved X-Man comic book character.
“When we did Logan, which was Hugh’s last installment as Wolverine, he ended up fighting as a clone in the movie,” Stevens said.
“So I got to fight Hugh on camera, where normally he would do a take and then I would do a take. But we never worked together. So Logan was probably my favorite movie.”
Several framed photos of Wolverine movie posters – including one with a signed thank you note from Jackman – and a pair of iconic claws hang on the wall behind Stevens as he speaks.
The Wolverine movies were “the high point of my career,” said Stevens, who also starred as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars and did stunt work in major Marvel movies like Endgame, among other films.
“Because I did it four times, I felt more connected to the character and helped Hugh develop the character’s fighting style,” he said.
Stevens said he turned his love for extreme sports into a successful decades-long career as a Hollywood stuntman.
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