Fans of Hugh Jackman portraying the adamantium clawed character can stop holding their breaths! The “X-Men” star clarified his retirement plan in a recent interview saying that he’s not prepared to let the role go just yet. The 44-year-old actor previously hinted that Wolverine’s recasting Is inevitable, saying “Anyone who thinks they’re indispensable in this business is fooling themselves.” He also mentioned back in September last year, that he is thinking about moving on when he attended the 61st San Sebastian International Film Festiva. Jackman said that “great parts always outgrow the actors that play them. If you forget that, it’s at your own peril,”.
The buff actor explains his plans moving forward:
“I think I might have overplayed my hand a little bit by saying I’m almost sure that the next one will be my last,”
“Right now I don’t [want to let it go], and as long as it keeps going this direction I probably won’t (smiles),”
“But I’ve made that promise to you, it’s not something I will stick around at and stay at if I feel it’s dropping off or if I don’t feel that urge to go and do it, because I know there’s 10 million actors out there who would kill themselves to play the part. They should, it’s a great part.”
Hugh Jackman also reveals that new horizons and creative scripts will keep him motivated to continue as the Wolverine:
“I’m enjoying this more than ever, and you and I have talked about this a lot, I think the scripts from what Jim [Mangold] pulled off with ‘The Wolverine’ to what Simon Kinberg and Bryan [Singer] have pulled off with [Days of Future Past], the scripts are getting better and better. For me there has to be something new and some new direction, I suppose, for the character to go; not only for me, but for the audiences. And I feel that that’s been happening.”
The Australian actor also mentioned that he would like to follow in Jerry Seinfeld’s footsteps when the time comes for him to hang up the claws:
“Well you’re spot on in that it will be some form of replacement that we know (laughs). So I don’t know how long to do it. And personally, I was always really inspired by Jerry Seinfeld, how he left that show at its height on his own terms. I think that’s a really smart way to do it. It’d be great to leave people wanting more, rather than the other way around. It’d also be great to make the decision rather than getting that phone call, ‘Now listen Hugh, I know you thought you were going to [keep going], and thank you so much for all you’ve done, but…’ I think it would be much better to be making that decision together.”
In all likelihood, “Wolverine” will get the reboot treatment once Jackman decides to depart from the franchise he explains. This makes more sense than simply replacing one of the most iconic characters in Marvel movie history. Jackman has been integral to the success of Wolverine and the X-Men franchise. The story retold from the character’s teenage days will be a fresh take and an opportunity to start on a clean slate.
The actor shared his dreams for the character going forward:
“I just presume, in a way, that if it happens they will reboot. I don’t know why I thought that. I think you could replace him because he’s older, but it would be interesting – because I was 30 when I got the role, it’d be interesting to follow that character from 20, or even 18, because we haven’t seen it. So that’s just what I assumed it would be.”