'Birdman' Inspired Hugh Jackman to Play Wolverine for the Rest of His Life

Monday, 23 February 2015 09:32 Written by  iamrogue
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'Birdman' Inspired Hugh Jackman to Play Wolverine for the Rest of His Life

As the comic book movie boom has extended out over fifteen years and many of your favorite heroes have been recast, rebooted, and rejiggered, Wolverine has remained unchanged.

Hugh Jackman has now played everybody's favorite adamantium-boned mutant no less than seven times, but the Australian actor is nowhere near ready to hang up his claws just yet.  Instead, Jackman is looking to play Logan for the rest of his natural life, though he also wouldn't be too heartbroken if someone else donned Wolvie's mutton chops.

Jackman's been playing the Marvel Comics character since X-Men in 2000, most recently as the lynchpin of last summer's time travel extravaganza X-Men: Days of Future Past, which also saw Bryan Singer returning as director.  Jackman is already on board on a sequel to The Wolverine, which David James Kelly is writing and James Mangold is directing for March 2017.

The next Wolverine starts shooting after X-Men: Apocalypse.  While he hasn't been officially confirmed as part of the cast, it's pretty likely that Jackman will indeed pop his claws in the prequel-sequel.

Birdman didn't just win Best Picture at the Oscars last night, it also inspired Jackman to stick to Wolverine like glue.  In a Cigar Aficionado (by way of E!) interview, Jackman explained that after seeing Michael Keaton as Riggan Thompson, “I said to my wife, ‘The moral is that I should never stop playing Wolverine. I’ve got to find a way to keep playing him until I die.’"

"I know that someday they’ll recast the role with another actor," the 46 year old actor said. "I’d be happy if the role was eventually recast. It would mean that it had become iconic.”

You may have noticed that every single time Jackman plays the frequently shirtless Logan, he's even more frighteningly ripped and vascular than the last time. 

“I always want to be in better shape than I was for the last one," he said. "I don’t believe in stagnation. People say they try to maintain the status quo. But I believe the natural cycle means you’re either advancing and getting closer to something or you’re receding…Every time I play Wolverine I want to go further, physically and emotionally.”

If Jackman is indeed appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse, then you'll see him going further physically and emotionally on May 27, 2016.  He'd be joining newer, younger versions of characters he's played against before, with Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee playing Jean Grey, Storm, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler.

Then there's his third solo Wolverine movie, which hits less than a year later on March 3, 2017.  Patrick Stewart recently said that this sequel will team Professor X and Weapon X.

Fun fact: Hugh Jackman wasn't Singer's first choice to play Logan in X-MenDougray Scott actually got the part, but his schedule on Mission: Impossible 2 meant he had to abandon the role, and Singer picked Jackman as a fairly last-minute replacement.

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