A gratifying experience

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Mar 2017 15:25:28


By Nivedita,

For Hollywood star Hugh Jackman, who is seen reprising his role as The Wolverine for one final time in the forthcoming superhero film Logan, working on the franchise has been a gratifying, relieving and satisfying experience. He says his journey with the film’s cast won’t get over with the film as they will still “sit together, have dinner”.


“I didn’t know how I would feel about it until I saw the film. I was sitting next to Patrick (Stewart) and James (Mangold) and the audience were clearly very caught up in it and that was satisfying,” Jackman said during the film’s press briefing for select media, including IANS recently.


“It felt very gratifying, relieving and satisfying alternatively. It feels right and it was a really good feeling. I remember someone telling me that, ‘You are leaving now, you are not going to be a part of it and I said, ‘Oh na, we will still be sitting together having dinner, it’s just that we won’t be cooking anymore,” added the actor, who was dressed in a black bomber jacket, T-shirt and black casual trousers.


He was also sporting a flesh-coloured dressing on his nose after having a sixth basal cell carcinoma cut.
The Wolverine film saga started 17 years ago. Jackman has appeared as Wolverine in nine of the X-Men sagas.
Writer-director James Mangold took the charge of bringing the character and his journey to a conclusion with Logan. He previously worked with Jackman on The Wolverine in the year 2013.


Logan stars Jackman in the title role alongside Stewart, Stephan Merchant, Richard E. Grant and 11-year-old Dafne Keen, who plays the role of Jackman’s daughter and young mutant X 23.
Even Stewart, who has had a long association with the film franchise, will no longer continue being a part of it after Logan.


“I had no reason to think that this is the end of the relationship with X-Men franchise at all. It was a week ago in Berlin when I realised that I don’t think in terms of Wolverine and Charles Xavier... We can really do better than this. This is perfect conclusion.


“Everything is in place that ought to be in place, so may be I am done too,” said Stewart at the conference here.
Stewart jokingly told Jackman that with his exit, he felt that he has “kind of stolen your (Jackman’s) thunder”.
“You know it was a spontaneous feeling that I had while I watched the credit roles in the end of the movie before we went up to be introduced to the audience. I am very content with that,” he said.


Hugh Jackman further added that he is now finally off the Wolverine diet, which he had been on for 17 years now.
The 48-year-old actor, who will be seen in X-Men franchise Logan as the adamantium-clawed mutant for the last time, had to adhere to get in the skin of his most popular character, Wolverine.


Jackman appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and broke his fast by binging on a massive bowl of spaghetti prepared by chef Mario Batali, reported People magazine.
“Its just so good, you have no idea. I mean look, its not like I never had a cheat meal cause I did, but for 17 years Ive kind of known, look next year you got to get into shape,” he said.


The actor won the Whisper Challenge, he played with Fallon, and celebrated both his victory and freedom to eat anything from now on with a glass of vine, courtesy Batali.
Jackman also posted his photograph with the bowl-full of spaghetti on Instagram with a message, “Happy Break The Wolverine Diet! @mariobatali you are legend! @jimmyfallon @wponx @20thcenturyfox”.


Director Bryan Singer and producer Simon Kinberg say it recasting “Wolverine” in the future seemed to be kind of impossible.
Actor Hugh Jackman, who has been playing the clawed mutant since 1999, expressed that he wont be back to reprise his role as Wolverine after “The Wolverine 3”, “X-Men Apocalypse”.


The duo said that they couldnt imagine that the iconic character would be played by someone other than Jackman, 47, reported Digital Spy.
“I do think you would want to figure out how to tell more Wolverine stories. So either we would try to entice Hugh to come back and eat more chicken and work out for a few months, or we would have to figure out a creative way to move forward.


“Honestly, I cant imagine anybody else playing the part, and theres not too many characters I can say that for,” Kinberg said.
Logan, that opens in theatres worldwide, including in India on March 3, has been distributed by 20th century Fox.