One of the big questions many “X-Men” fans have had is how much longer will Hugh Jackman play his most iconic role – that of Wolverine.
Jackman was 31 when he filmed the first “X-Men,” but as he turns 47 this year the question of how long he can physically sustain the role’s demands are understandably being asked. Jackman himself indicated last year he may hang up the claws soon.
This month though, it sounds like the actor has changed his mind. Jackman tells Cigar Aficionado (via E! Online) that watching Oscar favorite “Birdman” had an impact on him and now he’ll stick with the role until he can physically no longer do it anymore:
“I said to my wife, ‘The moral is that I should never stop playing Wolverine. I’ve got to find a way to keep playing him until I die.’ I know that someday they’ll recast the role with another actor…I’d be happy if the role was eventually recast. It would mean that it had become iconic.”
Don’t expect Wolverine to tone down his muscles either, Jackman says he still plans to push himself more and more each time:
“I always want to be in better shape than I was for the last one. I don’t believe in stagnation. People say they try to maintain the status quo. But I believe the natural cycle means you’re either advancing and getting closer to something or you’re receding…Every time I play Wolverine I want to go further, physically and emotionally.”
There’s still no word if Jackman will reprise the role in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” but he is slated to come back for a third standalone “Wolverine” film which is targeting a March 2017 release.