Hugh Jackman, synonymous for playing the comic book character, the anti-hero, Wolverine is putting his claws in!
After 17 long years, in a befitting tribute, Hugh Jackman stars in the final installment of the series titled Logan along with Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his role of Professor X while Dafne Keen stars as Logan's daughter. The cast of the film walked the red carpet of the film's premiere in Taiwan with throngs of fans waiting for hours to get a glimpse of the actor. Hugh obliged one and all, knowing that this was the last time he was walking as the iconic character, Wolverine.
In an exclusive interview to India Today, Jackman confessed if any one had to fill his shoes as Wolverine it would be Shah Rukh Khan.
"Shah Rukh Khan can play it, I am friends with him but he (Wolverine) is a wonderful character, he should be played by many people. In the comic book series, for 50-59 odd years, many people have interpreted the character in different ways and he is the better for it. I think the same goes with Bond, same with Batman. The more people interpret it, the better is it," Jackman said.
The 48-year-old actor is an avid fan of cricket and the ongoing India-Australia test series is something that he's looking forward to.
Australia might have won the first match of the series, but Jackman is rooting for our skipper, Virat Kohli.
Hugh began, "Kohli is amazing. You know what I love about him is that he thinks out of the box, he seems to absolutely love what he is doing. I mean I get the sense that you're Steve Smith, you are the Captain of Australia, there is a huge weight of responsibility of the whole country and I think it pails in comparison to what it must be like the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, a billion people you know and it means so much to so many people and I just take my head off. You know what else I love about Indian cricketers is that I notice that they respect and love their fans. I take inspiration from that because I respect and love the fans knowing that I would not be sitting here if it weren't for Wolverine."
Not many people are aware the Hugh Jackman was a theatre enthusiast back in the day. In fact his claim to fame was the musical Beauty and The Beast, where he played Gustov. Having covered, films, theatre and musicals, what is keeping him away from Bollywood?
"Nothing's keeping me away. I would love to do a Bollywood movie at some point. So yeah, I am open," said Jackman.
Logan is all set for a March 3 release in India, and Hugh Jackman finally bids adieu to the character that put him on the map across the world and it wasn't easy letting go of this superhero character.
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"It's emotional but also weirdly peaceful, does that make sense? Sometimes, the emotion can be upsetting and unsettling but I get to be at night feeling so grateful to my fans, to my fellow film makers and to the studio which allowed us to make this crazy movie which is different from all the others. I feel very peaceful. When I watched the film in Berlin sitting next to Sir Patrick Stewart I grabbed his hand in the last 5 minutes and I had tears rolling down my face. It's kind of unbelievable," added Jackman.
Jackman also confessed that he got the idea of Logan at 4am in the night. Suddenly, he wanted to do something dark and gritty, which his fans have never seen before. Logan in many ways is a homage of sorts, to his character, touching upon the pressing issues of child refugees in USA.
"This was to me a drama about my family and a character who is terrified of love stuck in the middle of this family, being forced to connect and I really love this character. Over the years, people say it's a comic book character and you are doing it again, it must be boring for you and I say guys I know you have not seen it and you have no idea how good this character is so, please go and see it. Hopefully they will go see this one," Jackman signed off.