‘Logan’ Director James Mangold On The Influence Of Classic Westerns & Johnny Cash

Logan
Logan will be the final installment of the Wolverine film series, marking actor Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the titular hero after first starring in Bryan Singer’s X-Men nearly two decades ago. Taking place in the near future, the film will find Logan a broken and regretful hero living in a desolate wasteland. In an interview with USA Today, director James Mangold discussed how the film was influenced by classic Western films and legendary musician Johnny Cash.

Mangold discussed how Shane, a 1953 western film which tells the story of a retired gunslingers effort to settle down with the help of a young boy and his family, helped shape the relationship between Wolverine and X-23. USA Today writes:

Mangold mentioned the 1953 Western Shane […] That movie would influence the core relationship between Logan and Laura, who are both distrustful of the other but find common ground.

Noting Logan’s similarity to Western heroes such as John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, Mangold also echoed his previous comments on how Wolverine relates to iconic musician Johnny Cash.

“Johnny Cash is a very Logan guy and vice versa.”

Mangold discussed what separates from Logan from other superheroes.

“What I love about Wolverine is this sense of a man trapped. He doesn’t really want to be a superhero, unlike these other cats who are always getting dressed up and jumping around and shining their logo in the clouds. He doesn’t want the celebrity or the credit or the adoration. There’s a ton of shame on his back.”

For the full interview, including Hugh Jackman’s own comments on the influences behind the film, click here.

Though the X-Men film franchise has had numerous entries, none have been described as influenced by western films, indicating that fans are in store for an X-Men film unlike any seen before.

Logan will be released in theaters on March 3, 2017.

Source: USA Today

Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

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  • nelson

    James Mangold should direct the next James Bond film. He could give us a great Bond movie in my opinion. The producers should hire him as soon as possible.