Hugh Jackman: Characters can outlive actors

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 February 2014
Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

'The Wolverine' star Hugh Jackman insists excellently portrayed film characters outlive the actors who play them

Hugh Jackman says "great parts" outlive the stars who play them.

The 45-year-old hunk insists an actor's alter-ego can be remembered for longer than the person who portrayed the part if it is done well.

He explained: "I always think the great parts outlive the actors that play them and that's a stage tradition, that goes back hundreds of years and it should be that way."

Jackman is soon to hit the big screen in forthcoming superhero flick 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and reprise his role as Wolverine - who he first played in 2000's 'X-Men' - for the sixth time, and insists he does the less dangerous stunts in his films himself but leaves the "stupid stuff" to the experts.

The A-Lister said: "I do a lot of my own stuff, except the stupid stuff like bashing your head against walls or crashing cars and all that jazz."

Jackman admits his preparation for the latest films was better than the earlier ones and meant he avoided injuries.

Talking to, he said: "I had a good amount of time to prepare, so I built slowly, I hit 'The Wolverine' and this movie without any injuries, which is was the first time - every time I've played Wolverine before I've carried some kind of injury because I've had to race to get ready ... Physically for me, I feel better now probably than I did in the earlier films."


  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 17min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James Mangold
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant
  • UK release: 1 March 2017

Grey-haired, boozy and ailing, Logan (Jackman) is caring for the now elderly Charles Xavier (Stewart) when he encounters a young mutant girl, Laura (Keen). A glorious swansong for Wolverine; the world-weary tone, low-key setting and ballsy climax really impress. First class.

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