Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Hugh Jackman briefly talks up The Wolverine and his hilarious X-Men: First Class cameo.

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Logan has only one thing to say to Erik & Charles

There’s not a huge amount to this but I thought it was worth passing on. There’s always time to hear from Hugh and Wolverine remains one of the best screen characters to come out in the past 15 years or so and Jackman, who  at first glance seems completely wrong for the part (Being around 27cm taller than the comic book version) he plays him extremely well.

Now there are a lot of people that didn’t like X-Men: origins Wolverine, and I understand why. Performance wise Jackman gave it his all, and the effort he put in to get that comic book physicality was testament to his dedication to the role. But what let the film down was a failure to actually make the character the killer he was meant to be both before he lost his memory and before Professor Xavier helped him to curb his violent instincts. The way Magneto acted in First Class was exactly what we should have seen from Wolverine up until the final act of the film. But what we got was talk about how he was badass and how his ‘brother’ Victor got increasingly more violent in order to try and outdo him, but we never saw the animal at all. It’s as if they feared that showing us hid dark past would make us no longer see hm as a hero.

 Now Jackman may have had a part in that, in that riskless protecting of the brand, but I think the strength of the negative reaction (although again I’ll point out that it was by no means as universal as some would like you to believe) plus the very positive reaction to Magneto’s (Michael Fassbender) tearing around the planet in First Class will make sure this movie goes the right way. Of course it also helps that this film is based on an extremely good comic book story and written by a quality screenwriter in Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie).

Finally he gets to his film stealing cameo in first class and gives a good explanation as to what it was that lead  him to agree to it. It’s pretty cool and every time I saw that film it brought the house down. Interestingly he said he was very open to working with both the director Matthew Vaughan and the cast of First Class in the future. With The Wolverine still scheduled for 2012 (I just cannot see that happening) and Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool for 2013 – 2014 we won’t be short of Mutant mayhem in the next few years; however we still await confirmation that the First Class storyline will continue and, more significantly, whether or not we will finally get X4 & X5.

Here’s Hugh...

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