Even since before filming began on “Logan,” Hugh Jackman has made it clear that the upcoming third solo Wolverine film would be his last as the clawed Canadian X-Man. After debuting in the role 17 years ago in “X-Men” and appearing in a subsequent trio of trilogies, “Logan” will be the actor’s final outing as the character — at least, that’s what Jackman says right now.
In an interview with The New York Times, Jackman once again discussed whether or not he would ever considering returning to the role, and why he views “Logan” as his potentially final statement on the character.
“When I had the [‘Logan’] script, I was like, ‘Yes,’” said Jackman after being asked if he viewed the film as his final one. He continued, saying: “And when I was shooting the movie, yes. As I sit here today, yes… God knows how I’ll feel in three years,” he continued. “But right now, absolutely.”
Even after appearing in so many films as Wolverine, Jackman said that he’s never felt totally satisfied with any one performance. [T]there’s been a gnawing turmoil that I hadn’t really nailed it, fully — either story or performance or whatever.” He said he has that feeling with every film he’s been in, too. “Every film I’ve ever done, I’ve had that gnawing doubt. But I have it way less in [‘Logan’].”
Jackman also discussed what his career looks like without new Wolverine films in his filmography. After all, the character has been with him for the past 17 years and was responsible for giving Jackman massive, worldwide exposure. Jackman made it clear that while he’s finished with Wolverine, he’s not done acting.
“Let’s be clear — I’m not retiring,” said Jackman. His “Logan” follow up, called “The Greatest Showman” which features Jackman as P.T. Barnum, is scheduled to open on Christmas Day.
Set beyond the events of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” 2017’s “Logan” is set in the near future following a cataclysmic event that ravaged the mutant race. As a result, Wolverine’s healing factor will be greatly diminished. It will also be Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, and will introduce Dafne Keen as the character’s teenage clone X-23.
Directed by James Mangold, written by Michael Green, Scott Frank, James Mangold and David James Kelly, and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant, “Logan” arrives in theaters on March 3.