Australian superstar sat down with the fellas over at the Daily Star, chatting about comic book movies, Clint Eastwood and the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
The man who plays the adamantium-clawed Wolverine on the big screen commented on the making of the first X-Men film back in 2001:
There weren't many franchises around like that apart from James Bond. Probably. I remember shooting 'X-Men 1.' It is fascinating how it's changed. Bryan Singer would not allow one comic book on the set. He was terrified that actors would read them and come with over-the-top with two-dimensional performances. That was the perception of what comic books are, though X-Men is not like that at all. It is sophisticated in its themes and political in what it is trying to say. But that’s what Bryan worried about back then, so it is a very different world now. There was no genre when the first X-Men was made and you have to give credit to Bryan and to [20th Century] Fox for taking that risk.
Wow, no comic books on set? Was it so that actors didn't get confused with continuity, or because Singer is a comicphobe and wouldn't have the little paper booklets near him? Probably the former.
On a related note, Jackman was asked about whether the Academy Awards would ever really recognize films based on comic books. His answer is indeed thoughtful:
Heath Ledger won the Oscar for his portrayal, so in many ways I think they are seeing it. I think more and more they are seeing the quality of filmmaking and the aspirations of filmmakers. I think the same about comedies. I always think that not enough of the academy members have actually tried to do a comedy, but heaven knows how hard that is to pull off. So when you get a great comedy — I thought 'Bridesmaids' was going to win a whole load of stuff.
In keeping with the tone of the conversation, the interviewer asked Hugh if he though that , if he were to be a bit younger, would be in one of these current blockbuster superhero movies:
He sort of had one with Dirty Harry, didn't he, though he was human.
Now faced with the imminent release of DoFP, Jackman made this observation on as a director:
All of us are different; but essentially, I see in him all that brilliance and confidence and then some. It seems to me that he has made a lot of different movies. He has reached among the fan base a kind of iconic status because of what he has created. I think he is really enjoying the challenge of this film. I know it is a big challenge and he doesn't take it lightly. He really is absolutely delivering. I think that this going to be right up there.
What do you think? Do you agree with 'Logan'/'James Howlett?' Should superhero movies get more Academy recognition? Do they deserve it? Which superhero role would Clint Eastwood fit best? Will the next X-Men movie deliver and erase the fateful, unnameable third part from our memories?
You can read the full interview right here.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is slated for a May 23rd, 2014 release. [[poll]]