Jackman has played Wolverine for 14 years now, so naturally he would have went through a few changes as the character developed. In a a recent interview with MovieFone Jackman spoke about a potential R-rated Wolverine that nearly became a reality; but ultimately he himself stopped this from happening.
Here's what he said on it:
They were open to it, actually... It didn’t scare them off, as long as we have a good reason for it. I was the one to call it off. In a way, I would love to do it — if there was ever a character that would necessitate an R-rated version. But I’m the one who, every day of my life, meets 12, 13, 14-year-olds. I see in their eyes how I used to feel about Indiana Jones. So for me to say, ‘You know what, this next movie, it’s not for you’ — I would have to have a really good reason for it. So we made the movie without a rating in mind, and the first cut, let me tell you, we had trouble. It was definitely R-rated. So in the end, we just snuck on the side of it, but that’s why we released the unrated cut on Blu-ray.
As much as I'd love to have seen it, and technically can on the DVD, I have to say that it's a very nice reason to not make the movie R-rated. Jackman also spoke a bit about the vision Darren Aronofsky had of a scarred and muscly Wolverine before he dropped out of directing.
Darren was really impressed with what Jim did and said that he thought Jim did a better job than he could have done,” said Jackman. “He was very complimentary to the work that Jim did. But there was one thing that he said to me that I can remember. He said to me, ‘I don’t think you’ve just got to be a little bit bigger. I think you’ve got to be fifty pounds bigger… and muscle-only.’ He had a really cool idea about scars. He said, ‘I want to see him completely scarred. I know he heals but if you think about it, we have a scar, we have a scar for life. It doesn’t really get better. It might reduce over your lifetime but it also stays there.
This certainly would've been an interesting interpretation of Wolverine but would have perhaps made it hard to keep the continuity with the rest of the movies. In the same interview Jackman was asked about taking a hiatus from the character until he's old enough to play "Old Man Logan".
That's crossed my mind. That's totally crossed my mind. By the way, Jim and I did look at "Old Man Logan," because I'm rapidly approaching it and when I'm training at 4 o'clock in the morning I think, that's the only story I can do. It's interesting. And I should be careful about saying, "Ah, I'm done." Because I could see myself doing a version of that, actually. Of just saying, "You know what, I'm done for now, and somebody could play the part, but down the track I could come back."
So folks there's another question answered about the ambiguity surrounding whether Jackman will return to the Wolverine character. Hugh Jackman will be next be seen in [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942), in theaters May 23.
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