“Logan” director James Mangold may think no one else should play Wolverine, but Hugh Jackman is perfectly fine with seeing another actor unleash those signature claws on screen. Well, at least he thinks he is.
“I … I think I’ll be fine with it,” Jackman told Indian film critic Rajeev Masand. “I hope other people play him. Maybe Shah Rukh Khan can play him,” he added, referring to the superstar known as the King of Bollywood. “Who knows, y’know?”
“The comic book series is so good because you had so many people interpreting this role over so many years,” he continued. “I think there’s six origin stories; everyone puts their own stamp on it. This is a great character. I’ll be really interested to see how I feel about it. I want it to be really great, but I don’t want it to be that much better than me. Like, just a little bit better’s fine, but if everyone’s like, ‘Oh, thank God, now –‘ I might find that a little difficult.”
Jackman, who has played Wolverine in nine films since 2000’s “X-Men,” insists “Logan” is his farewell to the role, and has so far resisted growing calls to see his Wolverine team up once more with Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. Just last month he acknowledged “the character will go on,” and indicated he’s made his peace with that, “unless Daniel Day-Lewis plays him and wins the Oscar — then I might have a little problem.”
Opening today nationwide, “Logan” also stars Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant.
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