Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for the past 17 years. He was first introduced to audiences in 2000, and he took on a much more nuanced character than his predecessor. His portrayal of Wolverine is known around the world. In fact, Hugh Jackman’s work as this iconic character led him to be nominated for an Academy Award in 2009 and 2013.
In this blog post, we will explore Hugh jackman’s thoughts on playing Wolverine over the course of two decades!
Prior to X-Men, Jackman was largely an unknown actor in this country. But that changed pretty quickly, once audiences embraced him as Wolverine. The first movie in the franchise set up Jackman’s character as the focal point of the film, and he ran away with it. Physically, Jackman is actually a little too tall for the part, but nobody really cared about that once they saw him in action. He simply embodied Wolverine so well that it didn’t matter.
The inevitable X-Men sequel once again put Jackman’s Wolverine in the forefront, and it also started making him into the reluctant protector of the next generation of X-Men. While Wolverine formed an emotional bond with Rogue in the first film, he ended up with several teenage X-Men this time as he tried to uncover his past and stay one step ahead of William Stryker, the man who made Logan into a weapon. This was a softer version of Wolverine than we saw before, but he did have a very memorable fight with Lady Deathstrike.
Wolverine’s attraction to Jean Grey was also played up in the first two movies, which led him to take on a larger role on the team after her apparent demise. That led to the third movie, which made a lot of significant changes to the canon.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Shortly before X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released, the nearly complete film was leaked online. And while the studio has pointed to that as the reason for holding back the film’s success. The truth is that it’s just not a very good movie. Director Gavin Hood got a few things right. Like casting Liev Schreiber as a more cerebral Sabretooth and creating a bond between Logan and Sabretooth that spanned decades.
However, the film was also full of too many mutant cameos that simply didn’t make much sense in the context of the story. Then again, the X-Men movies have never been that big on consistency. For his part, Jackman did the best he could to carry the story. The few moments that it works are almost all on his shoulders.
X-Men: First Class(2011)
X-Men first class was the closest thing that the franchise has had to a fresh start since the first movie. But it wasn’t technically a reboot, it was the start of a prequel trilogy with a brand new cast. Jackman’s Wolverine wasn’t even expected to be in it. But he made a surprise cameo appearance that featured the funniest scene in the entire film. It’s still one of our favorite moments.