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Now, with 's newly released seemingly marking the end of 's tenure as , it's not all that surprising that much of the attention that the film has been receiving has been focused on him. Happily, though, fans also seem to have very much been drawn to his apparent successor, 's . Which, since the character has virtually no dialogue and stars alongside two of the most beloved actors in the franchise, is really rather a good sign.

If you didn't already have enough cause to love Keen's junior brand of bad-assery, though, then get ready to internally "squee" with adorable violence-themed joy, because:

Dafne Keen Totally Bruised Hugh Jackman In Her 'Logan' Audition

'Logan' [Credit: Fox]
'Logan' [Credit: Fox]

That, at least, was what Logan director recently suggested during an interview with CBR. First, though, he took the time to highlight just how important X23 — and, specifically, Keen's performance in the role — was to the film:

"The first introduction was this tape I got of her climbing around on bookshelves at their house and prowling around lounge chairs and doing a somersault or two... And then she did some scenes from the movie and all I can tell you is, I felt like I had written with my writing partners a stool with three legs. I knew one leg was Hugh Jackman and one leg was Patrick Stewart, but I had no idea who was going to be this third leg and they needed to be between 10 and 12 years old, bilingual, physically talented and an amazing actress."

To find out if Keen was indeed that third leg, however, Mangold opted to audition her with Jackman himself out in New York, using the scene in the movie where she punches Logan in the face. Which, it seems, worked out well — for everyone except Jackman.

'Logan' [Credit: Fox]
'Logan' [Credit: Fox]

As Mangold himself revealed:

"That was one of the scenes we did in New York and I kept encouraging [Dafne] to get crazier and crazier in that scene, and I think Hugh ended the day with a giant bruise on his shoulder."

In other words, kids? If you're ever auditioning for a role in a major Hollywood movie, make sure to physically injure its main lead, if it's at all possible to do so. Directors, it seem, absolutely love that.

What do you think, though? Just how awesome do you find it that Keen bruised Jackman during her audition? Let us know below!

(Sources: CBR)


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