After 17 years and eight films, Hugh Jackman is ready to leave the role of Wolverine on a high note with director James Mangold’s “Logan.”
“I’m really, really proud of this movie,” the actor told Variety. “I was really keen that I didn’t leave the party feeling like I could dance more. I think I’m pretty much danced out, and I had a great time. It’s been an unbelievable ride, but it feels right.”
That sense of finality may be somewhat undercut by recent chatter of a possible Deadpool/Wolverine film with Ryan Reynolds. However, as Jackman was quoted as saying last week, “the timing may be wrong.”
“I’m at the point where I’m finishing up,” he said. “In terms of a theory, it’s a great idea.”
That undoubtedly is disappointing to fans and Fox executives, to say nothing of Reynolds, who first mentioned his hopes for a team-up in December. His comments seemingly spurred a rumor that Deadpool has a cameo in “Logan,” something Reynolds, Mangold and Jackman were quick to shoot down. “‘Logan’ is its own unique & perfect thing,” Reynolds explained. “The Big Red Shit-Talker wouldn’t mix with the tone.”
In the Variety interview, Jackman recalled working with Reynolds on 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” as well has surprise at seeing his own sort-of cameo in last year’s “Deadpool.”
“A couple things I knew about,” Jackman said. “I had to sign a waiver for my People magazine cover. The bit at the end with him kissing my face, I had no idea. I saw it with my son and about 15 of his mates. I never laughed so hard from the opening titles right through.”
Set years after the epilogue of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Logan” centers on the efforts of Wolverine and Charles Xavier to protect a young girl named Laura, who has been confirmed as the Marvel Comics character X-23. Opening March 3, 2017, “Logan” also stars Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and Dafne Keen.
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