Hugh Jackman discusses Wolverine and Comic-Con

Associated Press Entertainment WriterJuly 18, 2013 

— – Hugh Jackman is ready to sink his claws into Comic-Con again.

The 44-year-old actor is returning to San Diego for the 44th annual Comic-Con International pop-culture convention to hype “The Wolverine,” his Japan-set “X-Men” spin-off opening July 25 that marks the actor’s sixth time playing the iconic comic book character that catapulted him to stardom in 2000.

Jackman talked to The Associated Press about returning to Comic-Con and about playing Wolverine:

AP: It took four years for “The Wolverine” to come to fruition. How do you feel about finally being able to show it off at Comic-Con?

Jackman: I love it. I love the title. It was actually (former director) Darren Aronofsky’s idea, but it’s one we – including the studio – stuck with because it sends a signal that we’re not making a movie that’s loaded with a lot of other mutants. You’re actually gonna get to know this one. I think it’s time. This story is one of the greatest, and that’s the reason it’s one of the fan favorites.

AP: As much as fans can be passionate at Comic-Con, they can also be equally critical. They didn’t love “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” How do you feel about hearing from them this week?

Jackman: I’m never afraid of that. I think the fans know I’m so grateful and very blessed to play the part. I love them. We try our hardest to get everything right, and I’m happy to hear from them. I learn from them. One of the main things I hear from fans all the time is we don’t see enough of the berserker rage, and I really took that to heart because, to me, that is one of the key things I love about Logan.

AP: For everything that’s different about this Wolverine film, there’s once again a scene that finds Logan naked in a giant tub, even though the circumstances this time are very different from past “X-Men” movies. Is this something you’re stipulating in your contract now?

Jackman: Look, all I say is it has to be a minimum of a minute. It’s only a minute. That’s all. I love a bit of nudity. It’s a funny scene. The movie is darker in tone, and more restrained in a way. As long as we can get away with it, it’s nice to have those fun moments. In all seriousness, no, it’s not in my contract.

AP: Do you ever see yourself passing on the role of Wolverine to a younger actor?

Jackman: Sure, Wolverine is like Bond. These roles are greater than I am as an actor. It will always live on and outlive me. It’ll be passed on, and I’ll be in the old people’s home, showing my old movies and telling anyone who will listen that I was much better than whoever is playing it now. In all seriousness, it’s the way it should be.

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