Logan, Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine opens in theaters today but the star recently revealed that he nearly hung up the claws back in 2009 after the disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released. The film itself was poorly received by both fans and critics alike.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jackman revealed he was a bit lost after the film released:
“I couldn’t see what the next thing was. I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know where to go.”
Jackman added that he is well aware of the reaction to the film from fans, telling EW:
“I knew people liked the character. Not all the fans like that first Wolverine. They’re very vocal with me. Good or bad, they tell me. It’s kind of a family I have. ‘What were you thinking?! I love you, man, but that was….’”
But it turns out the negative reaction to the film wasn’t why he wanted to call it quits back then. Jackman needed a fresh idea to inspire him to return to the role. What led him to return for another solo outing as Wolverine were ideas that came from a conversation with director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) who was originally on board to direct The Wolverine before exiting the project to helm Noah.
Jackman explained Aronofsky inspired him to approach the character in a whole new way:
“Darren said, ‘I get that he heals, but if you’re a human, your scars are with you for your entire life. The scab might go within a month or two weeks, but that’s there for life. Even if he has accelerated healing, that scars with him for a good 10 or 15 years, so he could be completely disfigured.’ All of the sudden, I had this image. It can be as simple of an idea as that, that all of a sudden makes me go, ‘Oh, there’s a whole other way to do this character. There’s a whole other way to get into it.’”
Jackmen went further to add that the idea he needed to inspire him was one that made him realize how he should have been approaching the character all along:
“In any creative field, you have to feel that, ‘Oh, this excited me’ or ‘That’s how I should have played it the last five times, and now I know how to do it. I think this film demonstrates that better than any.”
Logan opens in theaters today.