X-Men veteran Hugh Jackman revealed that Jerry Seinfeld was the person who inspired him to retire as Wolverine. During a dinner with the Seinfeld creator, he received some creative advice that led him to the decision to hang up his claws once and for all.
“What happened was I had a dinner with Jerry Seinfeld, who’s a friend of mine. I was asking him about the end of the series. I said, ‘How did you decide?’ And, long story, he kind of said, ‘Look, I’ve always believed, creatively, you should never spend everything… because it’s almost Herculean to start up again. You should always have something in the tank. Leave the party before it gets too late kind of theory. And then somehow it spurs you into the next thing,'” he recalled to Willem Defoe during his segment on Variety‘s “Actors on Actors.”
“As he was talking, I went home and I said to [his wife] Deb on my way home in a cab… ‘This is the last one.’ She goes, ‘What?’ I said, ‘I just know this is the last one,'” he continued.
“I woke up the next morning with this very strong idea, which [Logan director] Jim Mangold and I had been working on, of treating it not like a comic book movie in any way, treating him not like a superhero but as a human being who’s lived a life of violence and let’s make a movie about the ramifications of violence,” he explained. “I was thinking The Wrestler. I was thinking Unforgiven… The moment I’d had that thought I was supercharged, super excited, absolutely sure I’d never play it again and very nervous.”
Jackman debuted as Wolverine in 2000’s X-Men. Over the course of 17 years, he appeared in eight X-Men films, including X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. He concluded his tenure as Wolverine in Logan, which found the title character in a dystopian future where the X-Men had been accidentally killed by an aging Professor X.
Logan is now available on Blu-ray, 4K, DVD, and Digital HD. Directed by James Mangold, Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, and Dafne Keen.