An era in film will be coming to an end very soon.
A few months back, Hugh Jackman made it clear that he would retire from the role of Wolverine after Wolverine 3. This will be a momentous moment in the history of comic book films as Jackman has played this role for almost two decades and in nine films (by the time he finishes).
Recently, Jackman had an interview with Huffington Post to discuss his imminent retirement from the role.
In the interview, Jackman stated: “There was a period about six years ago when I could see my choices being narrowed by Wolverine, but now I feel like they’ve opened up from doing ‘Les Mis’ or ‘Prisoners’ or ‘Pan.’ The options coming to me right now are more varied than they’ve ever been in my life. Hopefully, I’m not that actor in 10 years who’s unemployed going, ‘Why did I ever leave it?’ and then begging to come back.
“Seventeen 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.
“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 omelets and steamed chicken to have, and all of that. I feel very blessed that I loved playing this part, the last ‘Wolverine’ and that last ‘X-Men’ [‘Days of Future Past’] were maybe two of the best and I feel like, hopefully, we’ll do it again with this last one.”
Jackman certainly comes across as very humble in this interview, and seems to have greatly enjoyed the time he has spent playing the role. While some have not been ecstatic about Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine, I have felt that, while there were deviations, he has been true to the essence of the character (much like the X-Men franchise as a whole) and will be sorry to see him retract the claws for the last time.