James Mangold On The Violence In ‘Logan’ & Hugh Jackman’s Last Day

The era of Hugh Jackman as the iconic X-Men character Wolverine comes to a close this weekend as Logan, Jackman’s final time playing the clawed mutant has arrived.

Over the last 17 years, Jackman has appeared in all 9 films from X-Men franchise, three of them being solo Wolverine features including Logan. But up until now, there has been one thing missing from the films: blood. Specifically, Wolverines claws penetrating through the body of another person.

But after Deadpool released last year, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, it was clear to 20th Century Fox that there was a very big market for R-rated superhero films.

In a recent chat with Heat Vision, Logan director James Mangold explained that the violence in the film wasn’t to give fans the Wolverine they had always wanted to see, but that it’s actually a crucial element of the story:

“One of my main reasons for wanting rated R wasn’t just to be able to deliver for audiences the kind of action they’d been wanting for a while with Logan. Because as much as this movie kind of dived into the violence of having a lead character and a daughter with claws, I think it’s also about feeling the weight and the loss that the aftermath of violence results in. And that is what I was most interested in, in making an adult-themed film, a more sophisticated film. For me, getting the studio to agree to rated R is also when the movie stops being about the four boxes. The movie stops being a vehicle for moving merchandise. No one’s watching the film through the prism of a 9-year-old or a 12-year-old and hoping to be able to sit through this six-minute scene between Charles Xavier and Hugh Jackman.”

Mangold also revealed that Jackman’s final scene in the film happened to be his last day of shooting:

It was a scramble against daylight before it went away, to be honest. We were doing his final scene in the film …The truth is that both Hugh and I felt the weight of these things as we were making the film but my goal, to whatever degree the director is also coach, is actually to not feel them. That is a feeling that is best explored when we’re not actually making the movie.

But the second the sun had gone behind the mountain and we all realized we had just finished his last picture, there was of course a huge feeling of finality. But as Hugh says, this character will always be a huge part of him so I don’t think he really feels like he’s saying goodbye as much as he’s just trying to end things on a high note.

While Logan is the last film for Jackman as Wolverine, Mangold revealed he is most certainly up to helm another superhero feature, as long as it has an interesting premise:

Unlike Hugh, I’m not playing the same character time in and time out and for me there’s no reason to draw a line like that. So I’d never say that. My thing is, is it interesting? What are we doing that’s new, or is it just, are we just fulfilling a need for another one economically. If it’s that — then I’m not interested in participating in that. But If there’s a story that’s interesting and I think worth two years of my undivided attention, then I’m in. And that goes for anything.

What do you think? Does the violence in Logan help serve the story well? Would you like to see Mangold take a stab at another superhero film? Sound off in the comments below.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook. Here’s the official synopsis:

“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.”

Logan is now playing.

Source: Heat Vision

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV Reporter and the News Editor at Heroic Hollywood.