Hugh Jackman: Characters can outlive actors

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

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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 collider.com, 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."

Logan

  • 137 min
  • Directed by: James Mangold
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

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