Hugh Jackman Ad-libbed His X-Men: First Class Scene: “50% of Wolverine’s Dialogue Should Be [REDACTED]”
Hugh Jackman has the lead in Real Steel and Real Steel comes out in two weeks, so you know what that means. Hugh Jackman is doing lots of press interviews. And what do reporters like asking actors about, other than the movies they are currently in? Movies that they have yet to make.
What I am trying to say is, prepare yourself for Hugh Jackman dropping some details about Wolverine and X-Men: First Class.
First, he explained exactly what it took to get him to be in X-Men: First Class for a scene just long enough to make an animated .gif.
They asked me to do that cameo a year before I did it and I said, ‘All right, pitch me the concept.’ They did and I liked it. I said, ‘Is anyone else swearing in the movie?’ and they said, ‘We don’t think so.’ I said, ‘Promise me no one else swears in the movie and I’m in.’ 50 percent of Wolverine’s dialogue should be ‘****.’ That feels right for me. And actually that particular take was an ad-lib I did at the end.
Then, he expressed confidence in The Wolverine‘s script, despite the rewrites it is undergoing:
When a director takes over any script, they need to make it their movie. So Jim hired Mark to help him make the movie his own. Darren had worked on the script himself and taken it in a certain direction that was right for him. And that would have been a great version of the movie. I’ve seen Jim’s version now and, you know, Jim saw things that weren’t working for him that were working for Darren. And I’ve got to hand it to Fox and to Jim, it’s easy when you start with the best script we’ve had from Chris McQuarrie. Which is why Darren signed on. So once you have that, that’s 80, 85 percent of your movie.
And he seemed to express that Wolverine Origins had been a disappointment, if you want to read into things:
I don’t know exactly when the end is, but I only go one at a time. If this is the last one, fingers crossed, man, I just hope we finally get that hole in one.”
He also denied that the movie would be based on Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s Wolverine, the original “Wolverine in Asia” story, in case anybody was wondering.
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