IndieWire has a great new interview with Hugh Jackman, in which he speaks about the future of The Wolverine. Many movie fans were skeptical when another screenwriter – Mark Bomback – was brought on board to rewrite the much-raved about McQuarrie script, but Hugh clarifies that decision. Additionally, he mentions whether or not this upcoming movie will be his last performance as Wolverine, and why he wanted to do the X-Men: First Class cameo.
1. The Wolverine will go next for Jackman after he finishes Les Miserables.
“If it wasn’t for Les Mis, we’re ready now,” Jackman told the gathered press. “Now that Jim [Mangold]’s on board, we’re ready to go. For Les Mis to work, we would have had to start Wolverine, basically, yesterday. So when we needed to press the button, we weren’t quite ready. So it will happen straight after.”
2. What happened to Darren Aronofsky?
“His personal life precluded him from making the movie,” explains Jackman. “I asked him to do X-Men 3, I asked him to do Wolverine one and he said, ‘It’s not so much for me.’ And then he read this and said, ‘Man, I’m in. This is the best comic movie script I’ve ever read’ and he’s been dying to do one for a long time.”
3. What made James Mangold the right choice?
Jackman says there was no shortage of directors willing to throw their hats into the pool as Aronofsky’s replacement. But it was Mangold who had the best handle on the material. “Many directors wanted to do this film, I’m happy to say, because of the strength of the script. When he came in he just had such a clear vision of where this movie should go. He had the best take. He’s done many, many genres. I look at 3:10 to Yuma, and when he started talking about ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’ I was like, ‘Okay, now we’re on the right track.” He had a couple of things which, I think, even in Darren’s version of the script, hadn’t been solved that he just knew he had the key.”
A very funny new TV appearance featuring Hugh Jackman is now available online. Fellow Australian, Rove McManus – now in Los Angeles – has a new show entitled “Rove LA,” and Hugh was recently a special guest alongside “Project Runway”‘s Tim Gunn and comedian Paul F. Tompkins. The show is pretty long and contains various bits of information, some of which is known to fans (his early days as Coco the clown) and some new tidbits as well (his early days of being a speed walker). Tune in to hear about dancing, punching, and what kind of gift Rove gave Hugh and guests from the LA County Coroner.
Although I can’t embed the videos, I highly recommend visiting Rove LA and checking out the interview. (You find find all five parts of episode two on this page.)
An informative new interview with Collider has just been released, in which Hugh Jackman talks about a few upcoming projects. Les Miserables is mentioned, including what sort of training he’s been doing leading up to playing the iconic Jean Valjean — and whether or not he’ll be shirtless in the role. Check out the interview below, or simply visit the source.
Question: Is Wolverine 2 your next movie?
HUGH JACKMAN: No, Les Miserables. I’m doing that. Tom Hooper is directing that. That’s going to be at the beginning of next year. Before that, I’m doing a one-man show on Broadway, and then Wolverine. So, it’s an eclectic year.
Are there any aspects of Wolverine that you get to explore this time, that you didn’t get to with the previous films?
JACKMAN: Absolutely. Every time, I feel. This time, more than anything, I think we’ve really nailed down that character. I think the audience and myself and the writers were like, “Enough of the [missing] memory with ‘Who am I? What happened in my past?'” That’s enough. I think we’ve explored that a lot. Now, it’s this great backdrop of Japan, which is going to be fantastic for this character. It’s a very rich source material with the comic book. And, there’s more ladies in this movie, which is a nice change from the last one. It was very testosterone heavy.
Will your shirt be remaining on, for Les Miserables?
JACKMAN: I actually told that story to Tom Hooper, because one of the first scenes actually shows him in the prison camp that he’s in, being punished and whipped, and stuff like that. I said, “I can tell you right now, if you have me with my shirt off, people are going to say, ‘You were just doing what Jackman demanded in his contract.'” And he said, “I don’t think we need to do it without your shirt,” and I said, “Good.” So, when you see the movie, you’ll see.
Shawn Levy, director of Real Steel, was recently interviewed by Screen Rant and talked about the future of a few of his projects. In two of his hopeful movies, he intends on teaming up with Hugh Jackman again, including the rumored sequel to Real Steel. He also briefly mentions that movie with Hugh and “LOST” writer, Carlton Cuse, although don’t expect any real answers on what it’s all about. Check out the relevant bits of the interview below:
SR: Will we see some of the open ended questions we are left with about Atom (the central robot protagonist) and his unique role in this universe explored in a sequel?
In the sequel we do explore the origin story of Atom and we begin to sketch an answer (to the question), “Is there something special to this bot, and if so, why?”
SR: Would that take place in flashbacks? This film isn’t being developed as an origin story is it?
It’s future, it’s still linear, and I want to be the first to say that first we need to be a hit movie before we get to make a sequel. I don’t know if that will happen, I sincerely hope so because Hugh and I really love the movie. It’s the next chapter, it’s the fallout of the Zeus vs. Atom fight, and it’s the fallout of what happens with the kid’s custody (which technically is Aunt Debra’s), and it further explores the class warfare between the underworld fight-clubs and the sanctioned, monetized WRB, which is at work in this movie but is really a big part of the second. It’s not an origin story, but at one point in the movie Charlie needs to research where the hell this bot came from, and has to understand his inner workings more — for reasons I won’t go into. So, he seeks out Atom’s creator. So it’s not a flashback, but we learn about the history because we will meet Atom’s creator.
SR: What about the amorphous action film with Hugh Jackman that we know you’re working on but aren’t talking about?
I’ll leave you with this anecdote. I would love to tell you what it is. Hugh and I met with Carlton Cuse from “LOST”…
SR: Oh, you don’t have to tell me about “LOST,” believe me. I (without thinking) wore an Oceanic tee-shirt on an Air New Zealand flight… the implications of which didn’t hit until take-off.
That’s just tempting fate and believe me! Do you know how hard it was not to call Evangeline ‘Freckles’ every day [while working with her on Real Steel]?
SR: Did you eventually do it?
Oh, eventually I did! Eventually I asked every f**king question in the world! So, Hugh, me and Carlton decide that we’re going to develop this movie together and I don’t even know what it’s been described as, so I don’t even want to name a genre. I get a call from Deadline Hollywood, Nikki Finke, and they’re like, “Okay! So, tell us about the movie.” I’m literally about to share with them what the movie is about, just like I shared with you what Frankenstein is about just now, and Carlton goes, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Don’t say anything. If I’ve learned one thing on ‘LOST,'” he tells me, “it’s keep your mouth shut, it’s a more effective approach.” So, on that one project, I am fighting my typical blabbermouth nature and keeping my mouth shut. I will say though that it’s a really cool project, and whether it’s that or the sequel of Real Steel, Hugh and I want to get back on a set together as soon as possible.
High-profile women were celebrated today, September 23rd, at Variety’s Power of Women event at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The ceremony served to honor women and their charitable efforts, including: Annette Benning (for her work with the Actors Fund), Eva Longoria (for Eva’s Heroes), Mary J. Blige (for her women’s advancement foundation), and Olivia Wilde (for helping with Artists for Peace & Justice). Director Adam Shankman was the emcee for the event, with special guest appearances by Kate Beckinsale, Viola Davis, and our very own Hugh Jackman.
There’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not WWE star, Dolph Ziggler, really suffered from a “hairline mandibular fracture” (as stated on his official Twitter) after Hugh punched him at Raw on Monday, September 19th. WWE is, of course, known for staging many acts within the program, but a punch was really thrown, so there was a lot of talk about the severity of the injury. Here’s what Hugh told Entertainment Weekly about the incident:
“It was scripted that I would go for that punch,” Jackman tells EW. “But just before we went on, Dolph was yelling at me, ‘You hit me man! Just f—ing hit me!’ During rehearsal I said, ‘I’d like to do it, but I’ve spent 20 years pulling punches, trying not to hit. Trying to make it look real, but not really hit.’ He said, ‘There’s no way. There’s cameras everywhere, there’s crowd everywhere, there’s no way we can “whiff it,”‘ as they call it.”
“So I hit him,” Jackman shrugs. “He said, ‘Hit me as hard as you can.’ So I hit him pretty hard. And you can see it in my eyes. I watched [the clip] again, and you can see me going ‘Uh oh…’ a little. I’m acting like, ‘Yeah!’ but I’m really like, ‘S—, I kinda really clocked him in the jaw.'”
“The next day I read he really broke his jaw and I wasn’t surprised — but I don’t think he did,” Jackman continues, rolling his eyes. “He’s prone to exaggeration – which is why I hit him! Nah, just kidding!”
Jackman said he has been a wrestling fan since he was a kid. “What they do in the ring is real,” he says.
He puts his hands up. “I saw some faking that night, I’ll be deadly honest,” he says. “It’s scripted entertainment. But in that ring, and when you see them backstage getting warmed up, they get fired up. ‘You better f—ing hit me!’ They’re hitting each other backstage.”