Hugh Jackman opens up about his early days playing Wolverine
It’s hard to think of anyone other than Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine. After all, he’s been doing it, very well in fact, for almost two decades now and the actor and character have become synonymous with each other. As we prepare to see him in his final performance as the mutant with razor sharp claws and healing factor in the upcoming Logan, it’s easy to forget that he was virtually unknown when he stepped into the role and had very little experience.
E! News spoke to Jackman about the early days of Wolverine and the actor admitted getting into character wasn’t easy.
“I was kind of struggling, to be honest,” Jackman said. “It was the first movie I had ever done in America. I was pretty tight. I was nervous. I was average, to be honest, at best. No one was saying anything and I sort of thought I was getting away with it, but I wasn’t.”
It’s really shocking when you think about this considering how much he’s taken ownership of that character. Although Jackman stumbled, some blunt words from studio executive Tom Rothman helped get the actor back on track.
“He told me that he believed in me, that from the moment he’d seen my tape he had a gut feeling I was the guy, but watching my dailies was like watching someone put a lampshade over a light,” Jackman admitted.
And, as they say, the rest is history. I guess we have Tom Rothman to thank for encouraging one of the most iconic roles of our generation. It’ll be sad to see Jackman go, but I think most people would admit he did a hell of a job.
You can see his final portrayal of Wolverine, which should be significantly stronger than his first attempt, in Logan which hits theaters on March 3, 2017.