Hugh Jackman Says THE WOLVERINE Is A Little Different

Hugh Jackman talks about the tone and plot of James Mangold's The Wolverine. The actor says the films is a little different and a bit darker but still just as much fun as all the previous X-films.

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By Mark Julian - 5/23/2013
Recently, the first full theatrical trailer for The Wolverine was released to mostly positive fan reaction. I'll admit, I wasn't overly impressed with the trailer after my first viewing but the more I watch it, the more I like it. Often times, comic book movies bombard you with action and impressive vfx in their trailers but it looks like The Wolverine is definitely putting an emphasis on story as Jackman touts the film as "a character piece."

Said Hugh, "[Wolverine's] back, and I couldn't be happier. I never in a million years would've thought (that) I'd still be playing this character (12 years later). It kind of really is shocking to me, but at the same time, it's such an instant gratitude, because I love this character."

Progressing from his love of the character to specifically speaking about the film, Jack said, "[Wolverine's] sort of interested in [the offer of mortality], because if your life is not great and there is a lot of regret and pain, would it be great to live on and on? Yes, ('The Wolverine') is a character piece, and I would say it may be a little darker in tone than the others, and it certainly feels a little different, (but) it's just as much fun. The action is probably in this is more inventive than we've ever had before."

Having put the character of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) in the opening moments of the trailer, Fox and Mangold are making no secret that the character has a prominent role in the film. Jackman however opted to remain coy on the X-Men's inclusion. "I don't want to give away too much. She is there in the way that loved ones are always there ... in a very real way, she's there. (He) loses the love of his life, (and) we've seen that impact. He's one of those people where whenever he gets close to someone, bad things tend to happen. So in a way, not only for himself but for the world, he decides to just completely go off the reservation and sort of deny who he is and be like a recluse."

In terms of preparing to assume the physicality of Wolverine once again, Jackman turned to fellow actor/strong-man Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for body-building tips. "Three hours a day [in the gym]. I had a mentor, Dwayne Johnson, the Rock. We're mates, and I said, 'Mate, I need to know what you do." And he said, "Tell me you've got six months? ... You need six months to do this." He told me the diet -- 6,000 calories -- (and that) you have to train like no one else. This is what I learned: When I started, I used to think, "You want to be bigger? You want to be in better shape? Train harder, train harder, train harder!" It's not not (that), it's the food. Seventy percent of the way you look is your diet, 30% is your training. So if there's anything you've got to concentrate on, it's the food."

"Spinning out of the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan where he falls for the beautiful Mariko Yashida (Tao Okamoto) to the grave displeasure of her father Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) and her half-brother, the fearsome Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee). But this isn't Logan's first trip to the Land of the Rising Sun or his first encounter with the Yashida clan. Based on a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) and Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall )and the comic book by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont."

Running Time: In post-production
Release Date: July 26, 2013
MPAA Rating: This Film Has Not Yet Been Rated
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto
Directed by: James Mangold
Written by: Mark Bomback (screenplay) Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay) Frank Miller (comic book) Chris Claremont (comic book)


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CorronZenith30 - 5/23/2013, 7:01 AM
So... Where he's quote saying that its a little darker and different?
Jollem - 5/23/2013, 7:19 AM
AlexRival - 5/23/2013, 7:33 AM
I'm very much looking forward to this
Jollem - 5/23/2013, 7:38 AM
me and the whole audience had a blast for every single x-men movie. yes, even origins

wcwpoet - 5/23/2013, 7:39 AM
The more that it's not like X-Films the better in my book. Let's be honest outside of X2 & First Class, the X-Films have been pretty bad.
Demonwolf - 5/23/2013, 7:42 AM
@ckal - to be fair, just because a movies suck, doesn't mean it wasn't fun to do as an actor.
ElDarkside - 5/23/2013, 7:42 AM
I was feeling the same way about the first trailer, but the most recent one that I saw got me hooked in the story. That's what i've always enjoyed about Xmen 1 & 2 and First Class: The story drives the action, not the other way around...

Can't wait to see this and Man Of Steel... Both trailers look fantastic.
Greengo - 5/23/2013, 7:43 AM
In my case it's not the food that's my problem...

It's beer.
thewonderer - 5/23/2013, 7:44 AM
X-Men 1 is a great film too
Greengo - 5/23/2013, 7:47 AM
Yeah.... silly fanboys lol.

Who needs a suit anyway?

Superman doesn't, Batman doesn't, Spiderman doesn't...

oh wait...

But Wolvie doesn't have to protect people close to him lol.
CorronZenith30 - 5/23/2013, 7:48 AM
Sorry, when i commented the article obviously wasn't finished yet :-)
Greengo - 5/23/2013, 7:48 AM
I can eat 6K calories in one sitting...

On Thanksgiving, and anytime I'm at Furr's buffett.
ManofSteel23 - 5/23/2013, 7:48 AM
Haha^
StrangerX - 5/23/2013, 7:59 AM
6k i hope most of that comes in shake form, cus thats a lot of chewing.
marantaz - 5/23/2013, 8:26 AM
If every time anyone uses the word 'dark' you instantly think of Nolan/Batman/TDK, you might be a Nolanite.
DanteSparda - 5/23/2013, 8:27 AM
@wcwpoet

Agreed, I didn't liked X1 much either.
GodzillaKart - 5/23/2013, 8:29 AM
@Greengo: Beer is food.
GodzillaKart - 5/23/2013, 8:31 AM
I'm all for a suit of some kind...but can you imagine how [frick]ing stupid the yellow suit would look? Why in the [frick] would you wear the brightest color in the visual spectrum?!
DaMarval - 5/23/2013, 8:32 AM
I have high hopes for this, hopefully I will not be let donw. Training with the Rock = Epic and 6k a day is not too insane, as someone who is was Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist. Just eat a value meal at any fast food joint and you'll get there. He is right it is all about good quality food.
gambgel - 5/23/2013, 8:33 AM
still fun just like previous movies, Hugh?

do yo really know that most fans were dissapointed with X3 and Origins?

do you think the audience only want a 'funny' movie?

The Wolverine a 'little darker'? as if that was a bad thing or not fun?

ok, Hugh, you dont have a f****** clue about whats a great comicbook movie and what not
HanBurgundy - 5/23/2013, 8:36 AM
@PeterDarker - no, he means what he says, 6,000 calories a day. Henry Cavill did the same thing for Man of Steel....as did Gerard butler for 300. It's lean foods and a LOT of *good* calories. Not junk food. Pretty much eating all day long.
nach1wan - 5/23/2013, 8:43 AM
all x-men movies are great... sure, origins is far cheaper and f.ucks half the mithology, but its fun as hell
the wolverine looks loads better
and if days of future past goes without a hitch, its potentially fox's avengers
jimoakley666 - 5/23/2013, 8:48 AM
The 26th of July can't get here fast enough.
Shamo - 5/23/2013, 8:56 AM
movie will be a CBM masterpiece. i expect it to be around Batman Begins/XM:FC level
ScarletJack - 5/23/2013, 8:56 AM
yeah maybe you should read a comic or two instead of spending 3 hours in the gym and figure out what Wolverine's about.
JR - 5/23/2013, 9:47 AM
"Hugh Jackman Says THE WOLVERINE Is A Little Different" It looks as cheap as the first one! To bad Aronofsky didnt get the chance to direc this :(
CharacterAssassin - 5/23/2013, 9:53 AM
Sure he can moan and groan like the Wolverine or rub his claws together when he's angry but at some point in time, Jackman and the Fox-men has to come to terms with themselves that if they want to break the billion dollar marker they're gonna have to realize he's not "that" Wolverine most fans want to see. They tippy toe'd around his true character way and far too long.
campblood - 5/23/2013, 9:54 AM
just give me bloody claws already
gambgel - 5/23/2013, 10:48 AM
Hugh is a great actor, as most on here agree, but to me, he wont ever be the Wolverine from the comics.

Not exactly for the tall issue, but because he doesnt have Wolverine's physical characteristics, specially his gentleman type face and whole look. And he doesnt act as Wolverine during a good part of the films.

The franchise has showed him a bit as a handsome hero, when he is the opposite.
FOOM - 5/23/2013, 11:21 AM
'Different' enough to have a costume...?
xXkryptoniteXx - 5/23/2013, 11:36 AM
This movie will deliver but following up on iron man 3 and star trek into darkness is something of a high achievement to make. I hope this does as well and also the big movie that everyone is waiting to see. Man of Steel.
DurtyTalynt - 5/23/2013, 11:49 AM
These are reasons not to go see this. With the way hes been getting his arse kicked in the previous films, whats he gonna do in japan? No way Fox.Cheaply made. More naked hugh to draw in females. More crying over jean. More recycled choreography and incorrect character interpretation. Its been the formula for all the xfilms so far. And I have no clue why first class gets praise. Its has nothing to do with first class. Action was poor. All people flip out over is the coin in the head scene. So what. Make a damn xmen movie already. But with people loving little crap scenes like that I guess they dont have too. Six months of hugh training for 2 months of filming. No thanks
exe - 5/23/2013, 12:15 PM
"A little bit" different doesn't cut it. This needs to be more than cool.

And can someone, please make him wear the yellow and blue. It isn't that hard.
DPeterParker - 5/23/2013, 12:18 PM
origins was supposed to be darker too guys, remember that? frankly im kinda over the whole DARK cbm's. watchmen, dark knight trilogy and so on. they had a nice run but Avengers kinda put the nail in the coffin for dark comic movies for awhile. move on.
GUNSMITH - 5/23/2013, 2:13 PM
TRUTH BE TOLD THAT GUY IS DEDICATED, HE'S IN THE BEST SHAPE IVE EVER SEEN HIM IN AND THAT COMIC BOOK CHISELED MUSCLE...HE ACHIEVED IT..GOTTA GIVE HIM PROPS FOR THAT.
CharacterAssassin - 5/23/2013, 8:01 PM
@Gunsmith... you too can achieve those abs and arms by rubbing Preparation H on those areas twice a day. It takes the water out your body. A simple solution to actually working out strenuously... lol

On another note, he did put his heart and soul into the role but at some point in time, you just have to hang it up and let someone else deemed more suited to do the role justice.
RyKnow - 5/24/2013, 1:33 AM
Yellow spandex would look ridiculous on celluloid. That's why there's no suit. It would spoil the tone and mood of the film too.

I ain't read the story arc, and I wasn't crying out for the adaptation, but a lot of people who did are already complaining about the film. I think it's looking top notch. I actually think I'm looking more forward to this than Man of Steel.
RyKnow - 5/24/2013, 5:55 AM
@ Kaze - Amen to that mate, well said. I guess comic book fundamentalists will never be happy, almost as if they live to complain.

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