While there were twists and turns aplenty in Logan, the reveal of X-24 — which was kept out of the marketing materials — was shocking for many viewers. The Wolverine clone, whom Zander Rice genetically-engineered to be a killing machine, murdered Charles Xavier moments after first appearing and then proceeded to butcher the Munson family. In the final product, X-24 fits well with the movie’s themes and story, but Hugh Jackman — who played both Logan and his clone — wasn’t initially convinced that he should play both characters.
“I was very skeptical of having X-24 being played by me,” Jackman told Collider. “I understood what it represented and thematically the idea of battling himself, which of course is right at the core of this character that we never fully got to, so I kind of loved the externalization of that. But I also know that myself as an actor and fans of Wolverine come up to me in the street every day and go, ‘We wanna see that full berserker animalistic crazy off-the-wall Wolverine,’ right? That we don’t feel we’ve fully seen it, so I was like, ‘Jim if we introduced halfway or near the end of the movie that full berserker animalistic crazy Wolverine and he’s somehow fighting our hero, audiences won’t know what to feel.’ And I remember him saying, ‘Trust me, trust me, trust me.’ And I was a bit of a pain in the ass on that one, I was like, ‘I’m just not sure. Let’s keep exploring it and exploring it.'”
“When I saw the movie it’s just clear, for some reason I think because he skewers Patrick Stewart in that moment the audience just sort of hates him,” Jackman added. “We did some subtle things, I changed the bridge of my nose, I wore contacts—I just wanted him to look a little different from myself. And I think by that point we’d created already the Wolverine that people wanted to see. So anyway, that was one of my examples of being wrong.”
Arriving May 23 on Blu-ray and DVD, Logan stars Hugh Jackman as Logan, Patrick Stewart as Charles, Dafne Keen as Laura, Boyd Holbrook as Pierce and Stephen Merchant as Caliban.