Hugh Jackman gets all of our hopes up for Aronofsky’s THE WOLVERINE

Drew Tinnin

by: Drew Tinnin
February 2nd, 2011

In the age of reboots, we no longer have the problem of wrestling with the fact that a bad movie in our favorite franchise will sully our love of a quality entry the next time around in the series. We’ve been trained to discard the nonsense that came before. Now, we just want a good movie. And it looks like Hugh Jackman and company might finally be giving us one.

Jackman owes his career to Wolverine – a role he was born to play. Aronofsky owes Jackman a favor after the actor jumped in last minute to star in THE FOUNTAIN, and Christopher McQuarrie (THE USUAL SUSPECTS) just wanted to write another great script.

After the break, see what Jackman had to say about how THE WOLVERINE is shaping up thus far:

I’m really, really pumped about it. I feel like all the planets are finally aligned to make a great movie. We finally have the character and with this mythology — ever since [the 2000 Bryan Singer film] X-MEN when I was kind of hanging around and reading all these comics,  because I was cast before I ever read any X-Men comics, so I was trying to get my hands on everything. I remember saying to [producer] Lauren Shuler Donner, “Lauren, I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen this Japanese story, and I think it’s so good. It’s just genius, it’s brilliant.” And we kind of always talked about it from there on. I sort of even wanted to do that in the third X-Men movie at first, but we thought, no, we really need to establish who he is at first, and we did that, and now this is  sort of the cherry on top, to finally do it and have Darren Aronofsky direct it. I love his gung-ho attitude toward it and great vision. Straight off, it’s not a sequel, it’s a stand-alone, and I think we’re going to make one that people will describe as the best of the bunch.

Jackman also spoke more about the script and how excited he is to finally be working with Aronofsky on this type of film:

Chris McQuarrie has done a script that is just phenomenal. I read a story once that said that he wrote “The Usual Suspects” in 15 days, and with this one he said to me, “I just knew what I wanted, and it came out real easy.” And he’s done an unbelievable job with it, and with Darren it’s just really exciting. I’m as excited as anybody to see what we come up with. I know we’re going to be met with huge expectations. The expectations will be high, but he’s one of the great filmmakers out there. I worked with him before, and I knew as soon as I met him that he should be doing movies like this. He’s been looking a long time, and I’ve asked him to do other ones, and this time it worked out. I’m beyond thrilled.

Jackman also mentioned that Aronofsky wanted him to bulk up for the role even more so than he had in the past to give Wolverine the stocky, hunched over look that was so prevalent in the comics. Sounds like this thing is really on the right track.

Do you still have doubts?

Source LA Times Hero Complex blog

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