Since the first X-Men came out in 2000, Hugh Jackman has been instantly recognizable as Wolverine. Now the actor has stated that his 2017 appearance in the currently unnamed Wolverine sequel will be his last as the iconic character.
Hugh Jackman has joked with the Huffington Post that his reason for leaving the part has to do with keeping up his Wolverine physique and food.
“Weirdly, I’m really excited about shooting [the 2017 Wolverine]. I feel great enthusiasm. I suppose it’s denial — like the football player who announces their retirement before their last season — and so I’m really looking forward to it. But, I know it’s not over yet! I still got a lot of 4 o’clock mornings and a hell of a lot of egg white omelettes and steamed chicken to have, and all of that. I feel very blessed that I loved playing this part.”
Hugh Jackman insists that 20th Century Fox and Marvel Entertainment have been supportive of his decision to move on.
“They were all really supportive — 17 years is a long time. And I’m sure that they’ve already started casting, you know? Someone may sign up for an 11-picture deal, as we speak.”
Before his final film, however, rumors are circulating that Hugh Jackman may be making a cameo as Wolverine in two other movies.
Hugh Jackman remains tight-lipped on any involvement he has in X-Men: Apocalypse, though questions from various interviewers have been rewarded with knowing smirks and coy responses. His possible involvement in the upcoming 2016 film starring Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool, is a different story.
Hugh Jackman told MTV News U.K., “[T]hey are definitely enemies in the comics and they always spark off well together, so I’d be open to that idea.”
When Australia News Limited followed up with Ryan Reynolds, the actor revealed that it might be in the cards.
“God I hope so, that would be really nice. I dunno, we’ll see. It seems like he’s open to it, but it’s gonna be more of a scheduling issue than anything else.”
In the meantime, Hugh Jackman has turned his attention to fair-trade coffee.
In a recent documentary, Dukale’s Dream, Jackman traveled to Ethiopia to connect with a man named Dukale.
The Wall Street Journal Speakeasy explained what Hugh Jackman saw on his travels.
“The actor saw how basic technology investments, like a methane gas converter, made a remarkable difference in Dukale’s life. With this new source of energy, Dukale’s family no longer had to chop down trees for fuel—deforestation being a big problem there—and they had more time to devote to other efforts.”
The publication conducted an interview with Hugh Jackman. In it, they asked about his position on people who doubt climate change, a subject that comes up in Dukale’s Dream.
Hugh Jackman responded that people should question everything and take nothing at face value, but he didn’t stop there. Jackman also insisted that even with doubt, action should be taken.
“I’m more than happy in my own life, if I find out in 20 years that by consuming less, by recycling, that it was all a waste of time, I’m fine with that mistake. I would hate in 20 years to realize it was all real, and I did nothing. I’d find that very hard to live with. I would be more than happy to live by the mistake of trying to look after the planet.”
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