Hugh Jackman won’t do Wolverine again: ‘Great parts outgrow actors that play them’

Hugh Jackman

These are photos of Hugh Jackman over the weekend at the San Sebastian film festival where he received a lifetime achievement award. He was also on hand for the photocall and premiere of Prisoners. The movie has already done quite well stateside — it’s almost recouped its production budget after 10 days. The film is a hostage-centered crime drama, which sounds stressful to make as a movie. Hugh makes it quite clear that while the film wasn’t easy, he’s not about to jump back into mutant form just because that’s more fun. He claims he’s not up to doing Wolverine again at all. Except in the bedroom, perhaps? Here’s some excerpts from a couple of new Hugh interviews:

Hugh Jackman

He’s a morning whippersnapper: “I’m a morning person. The beach reminds me of the beach in the Sydney. I woke up at 8:30 in the morning and I swam. Rode my bike. The moral is, if you want to be left alone in San Sebastian, wake up early.”

No more Wolverine for him: “Great parts always outgrow the actors that play them. If you forget that, it’s at your own peril. They are working on it [X-Men] now, and it would have to be very compelling for me to do it again. I’ve been doing it for 10 years.”

He might be talked into a cameo: “I have people ask me all the time, ‘Do you think Spider-Man can beat Wolverine?’ It’s part of the DNA. Marvel wanted me to do a cameo in the first Spider-Man, but I couldn’t find my suit. I could have turned up before it was such a big deal. But I don’t have that kind of power to make it happen.”

On being a sex symbol: “Here;s the thing. No one was looking at me when I was 16 thinking of me as the sexiest man alive. Why doesn’t it come when you need it, when you’re 20, 21? Not when you’ve been married for 15 years, and you wake up in the morning and say ‘Hey baby,’ and she says, ‘Take out the garbage.'”

On Prisoners: “The job is to pretend as convincingly as you can. A lot of people think that means you have to dive into yourself, but I feel it’s diving into the people around you, the other actors and the director. And when I come home, I feel like I’ve played a game of rugby and have a bath and I’m fine. It is cathartic.”

[From Hollywood Reporter and The Guardian]

You know what this tells me? Unlike Johnny Depp (who’s running back with his scarfy tail between his legs to the Jack Sparrow role), Hugh truly has lasting power. He refuses to stagnate as an actor. Good for him. I don’t think Hugh was throwing shade any other actor with his comments. He’s just ready to move on, you know? I’d be tired of wearing sideburns after a decade too. Hopefully, he’ll never do another Baz Luhrman movie again either. That sh-t was insufferable.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

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  1. Dorothy#1 says:

    Oh No!! My husband will be devastated!!

  2. Anna says:

    Such a diplomatic answer, too. 9 out of 10 actors would say that they outgrew the character/part.

  3. V4Real says:

    I love Hugh but watch your mouth boy. If you’re up for doing a cameo then you will be playing Wolverine again. Even in a cameo you would be that character. Also it was only a few months ago that Hugh said that he would love to be in The Avengers or an Iron Man movie if only to kick Iron Man’s ass for a bit. I’m sure if Marvel asked him to make that crossover he wouldn’t say no.

    I’m going to see his movie this weekend; it looks compelling.

  4. mia girl says:

    Scottish Thunder and My Main-Dong from Down-Under both in one day?!!!
    True joy.

    I loved what he said about being a sex symbol.

    P.S. Hugh, I’ll be waiting for you by the garbage dump…

  5. T.C. says:

    That man has some huge hands. Yummy.

  6. BW says:

    I love his comments on being a sex symbol.

  7. Cary says:

    I love him and he’s probably as normal as any big movie star can be (with the possible exception of Matt Damon) but the line about his wife telling him to take out the garbage is bullshit. No one in his family is doing basic chores, please.

  8. Aqua says:

    He still is and always will be my one and only.

  9. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    A hottie who is a leftie.

  10. Dommy Dearest says:

    Should have stopped at Origins.

    • Migdalia says:

      No way. We need ‘The Wolverine’ to replace the horror that was Origins.

      • Nono says:

        The Wolverine redeemed the X-Men for me. X-Men was never the best live-action superhero franchise, but it really started to go downhill from X3 onwards, through all the way until The Wolverine. The Wolverine gave me some hope that finally Fox is realising how much they’ve f***ed with the IP, and that it’s less about the special effects and cameos, and more about characters’ relationships and about weaving good stories.

        If Fox screws up Days of Future Past, I’m going to go on a rampage.

      • Dommy Dearest says:

        Or they could have done a movie that is actually true to Wolverine’s origin story. Sabertooth was not his brother, Deadpool was ruined, and the only cool part was that got Gambit’s power correct.

        First Class was wrong on so many levels from timeline and characters.

        The Wolverine I haven’t seen due to Fox once again ditching the blueprints/foundation that are the storylines from the comics that have worked so well since 1960. They did it with Fantastic 4, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and Spiderman. No one can say that if they go directly from the comics that people won’t watch. Fans of the comics, like myself, WILL watch it the same way people still watched Harry Potter (at least the first two movies were pretty much by the book minus Peeves) as well as Twilight (as horrible as that story is). The people who know nothing about comics won’t know it’s already happened in the comics so that solves the whole if it’s the same then people won’t know what to expect.

        X-Men had AWESOME potential to be a really great superhero franchise. They cross over a whole lot with the Avengers, quite a few of the X-Men are also Avengers. Due to Marvel not having their rights to X-Men we won’t ever see a crossover from the franchises that actually translate from both films. Though there is hope that Marvel will be getting their rights back to Fox for X-Men as they have Fantastic Four. The best series was House of M in which Scarlet Witch (Magneto’s daughter, X-Men and Avengers member) completely warps reality after her children are killed and put an end to mutants. They end up breaking through to her but the whole series is just amazing. X-Men were involved with Civil War saga which lead to the hero registration act (which Tony Stark has a big hand in) with appearances by Fantastic 4, X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic 4. The Civil War saga is awesomeeee.

        I’m just saying that as a comic fan they’d do more good than bad actually going by the books and even inform the people who are not comic readers the actual correct history of the characters.

  11. Migdalia says:

    As much as I love Hugh this is such a relief to a lot of XMen fans. These movies centered around Wolverine a little too much. However I did love his last solo venture. Plus what he does to his body every movie for Wolverine is crazy unhealthy for his body. o_O

  12. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    Anyone see that picture with the fan that’s practically got him in a headlock? Wow.

    Yeah, I’m glad he won’t be doing Wolverine anymore–it’ll get old after a while, and (I’ll see you as) desperate. You want your fans to want you to keep doing the part, not boring your fans with how many times you play that same part in a time period.

  13. Lucy Goosey says:

    Hugh Jackman is class as always! Nice man, good actor, (not to mention good eye candy), always sounds intelligent, and doesn’t need to throw shade on anyone else to prove he’s cool.

  14. jojo says:

    alot of it is the physical aspect of it. He is getting older. How much more believable could he be as a 20-something superhero? Not to mention the massive time commitment (and lifestyle change like diets) he has to make to get back into that buffed state.

  15. LovesGossip says:

    He (finally) realized he was too old to continue playing the part of Wolverine. Also the strenuous workouts (steroids) may have been taking a toll on him physically (exhibit A face). He seems like a nice guy and all but frankly I ‘m tired of him. Hugh had his time in the sun. It’s time to let the up and coming actors have their turn to shine.

    • Veronica Lodge says:

      I don’t think he is on steroids. Be careful what you throw around out there, LovesGossip, I think you are starting something you cannot support. He may have been on some extremely legal HGH and also, when you have a physique that can put on muscle quickly, drop and lose that muscle or fat , that is a different story.

  16. NYC_girl says:

    Has anyone seen “Prisoners?” O M G. He was really good. The movie was really good but too long, but the cast was great. If anyone has children I don’t think they will be able to tolerate it; it was 2 1/2 hours long and I was having a panic attack during several parts, and almost ran out of the theater.

  17. Veronica Lodge says:

    He is great. Always good with fans – I’ve encountered him and his beautiful wife – and went a little stupid, freaking out we were in the same restaurant,he noticed me losing my shit, didn’t make a big issue,my husband and I just went on with our lunch,trying to not look, he came by our table, after kissing his beautiful wife’s hand. He asked us about our meal, posed for pics and when we went to pay the bill, he had paid it, plus a $100 tip. This man can do no wrong in my eyes or his beautiful wife.

    • mia girl says:

      Great story! Thanks for sharing this.
      I didn’t think I could love him more…

      In person, he must be as amazing looking as I imagine him to be. I’d loose my sh*t too!