Hugh Jackman on His X-Men: First Class Cameo and James Mangold Being Picked to Direct The Wolverine
Posted 07.27.11 by BrentJS
If you've seen X-Men: First Class, then you'll probably agree that Hugh Jackman's brief, vulgar cameo appearance as Wolverine was one of the highlights of the movie. But before X-Men: First Class appeared in theaters, the inclusion or exclusion of everyone's favorite feral mutant was one of the most hotly debated topics about the movie. The subject popped up so frequently that producer Bryan Singer was even forced to address the issue, stating that "there would definitely be room" for Wolverine in future movies, but that the prequel "universe has to establish itself" first.
During his recent appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con in support of his new movie, Real Steel, Jackman said that he "loved doing" the Wolverine cameo and joked that it "was the easiest line learning" he has ever had. Jackman also offered his thoughts on the hiring of James Mangold (Knight and Day) to direct the highly anticipated "Wolverine in Japan" movie, The Wolverine.
There were a number of directors who wanted to do this because we have the best script yet, but his take was the strongest. And, I knew him, I wanted it to work out, but he’s phenomenal. He’s going to really knock this one out of the park.
Jackman said he's aware that some fans did not care for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but he is confident that The Wolverine will be a better movie.
I really feel confident this is going to be "the one." You know, Darren wanted to call it The Wolverine and I want to keep that, because to me this is going to feel like The Wolverine. This is the one that in twenty years time I want to say, "Check this out." And, look, I love this character. And I give it everything I've got, but I still feel like a golfer, I feel like, "Maybe we'll hit a hole-in-one on this one." And I always feel we can do better. If I didn't, I wouldn't do it.