Hugh Jackman talks about the difficulty of playing Wolverine at his age

Hugh Jackman laces up the claws for one final go that everyone feels is an appropriate revisit despite ending the character arc years ago.

When Logan came out in 2017, James Mangold had to age up Hugh Jackman to convincingly play Old Man Wolverine. Seven years later, Jackman breaks his rule of returning to a character for the one-off, but ironically he’s now playing a much younger version of Wolverine than he did last time.

Indeed, playing an intensely feral character for 24 years has made this last go much more difficult for Jackman. In a recent interview People Magazine had with Deadpool & Wolverine stars Jackman and Ryan Reynolds, the Aussie actor acknowledged the challenge of suiting up to play the role at fifty-five. Jackman admits, “When I came back to it, it was really fun and I was thrilled. My body was a little sore at the beginning, but I was thrilled that my body was still responding. And I realized how good it is for your brain. But the hardest bit…the food.” As muscular as he gets for this role, Jackman says he’s always had difficulty bulking up. He continued to say,

I have to eat a lot. For me, for my body type, I’m naturally skinny. To get the size on, that’s the hardest bit. That’s the bit that does my head in.”

His co-star, Reynolds, would chime in. Reynolds, who himself has maintained a superhero physique since the days of Blade: Trinity, would profess that he “couldn’t believe” the physicality he saw as Jackman slipped back into the role. Reynolds fawned, “Just the sheer relentlessness that you dedicated yourself towards stunts, choreography. It was the first time I’d ever seen how invaluable a background in song and dance is when you are doing an action movie. You hit your marks in those fight scenes with speed and confidence, the likes of which I have never seen. I don’t care if you were 25, 35, 45 or 55. It was lightning.”

About the Author

E.J. is a News Editor at JoBlo, as well as a Video Editor, Writer, and Narrator for some of the movie retrospectives on our JoBlo Originals YouTube channel, including Reel Action, Revisited and some of the Top 10 lists. He is a graduate of the film program at Missouri Western State University with concentrations in performance, writing, editing and directing.

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