Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Hugh Jackman's secret? He didn't know wolverines are real

Hugh Jackman's secret? He didn't know wolverines are real

"I didn't even know there was a wolverine", said Jackman at a press event earlier this week, according to Page Six. And I think by that point we'd created already the Wolverine that people wanted to see.

For the last 17 years, the only man to don the claws of Wolverine on the silver screen is Hugh Jackman.

When they stared shooting 2000's "X-Men", director Bryan Singer noticed something wasn't right with Jackman's performance.

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Hugh remembered: "He said, "Are you sort of walking amusing, what's going on?"

Still, Wolverine didn't know wolverines were real until after he was Wolverine. Fun!

The actor was gently told he was to portray a wolverine, not a wolf.

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Hugh Jackman's tenure as Wolverine over the course of nine films and almost 17 years will go down in comic book cinematic history as one of the most committed portrayals in the genre. (The irony of an Australian actor not believing in one of the Northern Hemisphere's crazier animals apparently being lost on all involved.) "I said, 'Well, there's no such thing as a wolverine, '" Jackman said. While the names are alike, wolverines resemble small bears and are part of the weasel family. The Wolverine that Jackman plays onscreen is a mutant born with super-human senses and the power to heal from nearly any wound.

Jackman admitted that watching the final cut of the film assuaged his fears, as he felt the character work - coupled with X-24's murder of Professor Xavier - assisted in presenting a defining line between the opposing characters. "And yet, I know there's always a possibility that either we find a story, or a situation comes along where you think, 'OK, maybe we should consider that.' But at the moment, we're kind of leaving that alone".

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