For Logan, Hugh Jackman really had to tap into the character even more so than in past films. In his final bow as Wolverine, a character he’s played for 17 years, Jackman discussed Logan’s rage, his connection to the character, and more in a recent interview with Collider.
Asked what it was like to portray Wolverine’s extreme rage and “berserker mode” in the film, Jackman said that it was challenging and satisfying at the same time.
“This was the hardest the filming had ever been. Then the most satisfying. And I think… I’d always been aware that that’s his defining thing, the berserker rage. I really talked to Jim [James Mangold] about it. How to crack that, how to really make people feel that burning rage underneath. And I think we achieved this, probably better than before, by seeing more beaten down, near his bottom. That’s, to me, that’s his superpower. That actually when he’s just about out, just on the mat, the count is at 8, 9, that’s when he rises up. And that’s why I think I connect, why I love him as a character and I think people, too. He will not ever give up.”
Jackman was then asked whether he’d be open to any cameos in any future X-Men films. No, Jackman says, “it feels like I’m done.”
After all these films, though, why did he not stop playing Wolverine years ago?
“There was just more to do. It’s just like a golfer who never hit a hole-in-one. I’ve always felt like that. I’m like, ‘this is a great character, there’s more to do, I know I haven’t got there yet.'”
You can check out the entire video interview here.
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Directed by James Mangold, Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook.
Logan is now playing in theaters.