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Hugh Jackman Took A Pay Cut So Logan Could Get An R Rating

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Hugh Jackman Took A Pay Cut So Logan Could Get An R Rating

Just judging by the black and white photos, 2017’s “Logan” already looks unlike any X-Men film fans have seen over the last sixteen years. The third and final Wolverine film looks grim and gritty and more realistic than any X-movie that’s come before. We also know that “Logan” will be unlike most X-Men films in that it will be rated R.

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Big budget movies tend to aim for a PG-13 rating, as it guarantees that younger viewers can get tickets for the movie, thus allowing it to make more money. R-rated films are more of a risk, and they’re rarely as big of blockbusters as their PG-13 counterparts. But “Logan” director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman believed in taking Wolverine further than ever before — so much so that Jackman took a pay cut.

After screening some “Logan” footage during the Butt-Numb-A-Thon in Austin, Texas, director James Mangold revealed that Hugh Jackman took a salary cut on “Logan” to make sure that the film would be rated R. The motivation behind the pay cut being that a lower salary for A-list movie star Jackman would also lower the budget, thus making it easier for 20th Century Fox to make a profit on “Logan” should the R rating keep some audience members out.

But Fox shouldn’t be too worried, as their R-rated “Deadpool” defied all expectations to become the highest-grossing X-Men film ever, pulling in an outstanding $363 million domestically. If “Deadpool” showed that an R-rating isn’t a barrier to superhero movie success, then “Logan” hopes to follow in its footsteps.

Last month, director Mangold spoke about his goal with “Logan” and his different take on the Wolverine franchise. “The goal was to make something human,” Mangold told Empire. “We made an effort to scale back on the gloss and greenscreen.” It’s not too surprising to hear this, given that Mangold released a page from the movie’s script back in October, promising that his film would be unlike the “hyper choreographed, city-block destroying CG fuckathon” that other comic movies are known for.

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. 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, 2017.

(via Screen Rant)

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