Mangold On “Logan” Foreshadowing & A Key Cut


James Mangold’s “Logan” has been scoring raves, but four years ago his “The Wolverine” also managed good notices. This week it has been confirmed that a key moment from that 2013 film was paid off in the new one.

In “The Wolverine,” Yukio (Rila Fukushima) has the power of seeing how people will die and warns Logan (Hugh Jackman) saying: “I see you on your back, there’s blood everywhere. You’re holding your own heart in your hand. It’s not beating.”

Though the prophecy seemingly comes true later in the movie when Logan performs surgery on himself to remove a robot parasite attached to his own heart, the prophecy takes on a new meaning in “Logan” where the heart isn’t literal but rather figurative – namely Logan dies covered in blood, holding hands with his daughter Laura.

A Twitter user asked Mangold if this had been the plan all along, and the filmmaker confirmed it.

Separately, Mangold also spoke with Empire and revealed that the character of Jean Grey was mentioned in a longer version of the farm dinner scene, but ultimately those mentions were cut from the movie. He indicates that the scene will be coming as an extra on the Blu-ray version though:

“I sketched out different conversations for that dinner scene and one of them went to a much darker place. Mrs Munson asks Logan if he’s married, and Charles says he was – but he killed her. Of course, he wasn’t really married, but what that then spawns is Charles waxing poetic about Jean Grey, and it’s a really cool moment. Both Hugh and Patrick were amazing. The problem was, it created an incredibly powerful lead brick in the middle of the only moment in the movie where there was a breather. Even I, with my taste for the dark, felt that it was one too many. Things go pretty shitty within seconds after that. I think [the deleted scene] will make it to the Blu-ray.”

Also you can check out a clip of Hugh Jackman recording ADR for the film this week below, or read this Gizmodo feature which points out the digital facial replacements and other CG tricks in the film that have escaped attention.

“Logan” is currently in cinemas around much of the world.