Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Actor Hugh Jackman didn't know wolverines are real

Actor Hugh Jackman didn't know wolverines are real

X-Men star Hugh Jackman has admitted he struggled with his role as the famous hero Wolverine when he first took on the job, because he didn't know what a wolverine actually was. After all, how can you really get into the head of a wolverine, when you don't even know they exist? And I think by that point we'd created already the Wolverine that people wanted to see. "I literally, embarrassingly did about two weeks of research on wolves", he told the Associated Press on Wednesday, May 17. "I was rehearsing for three weeks and I was shooting, so I was kind of on my own". That we don't feel we've fully seen it, so I was like, 'Jim if we introduced halfway or near the end of the movie that full berserker animalistic insane Wolverine and he's somehow fighting our hero, audiences won't know what to feel.' And I remember him saying, 'Trust me, trust me, trust me.' And I was a bit of a pain in the ass on that one, I was like, 'I'm just not sure.

Jackman's misconceptions about which toothy monster he was actually portraying apparently cropped up pretty quickly once he was on set with director Bryan Singer.

Hugh remembered: "He said, "Are you sort of walking amusing, what's going on?" That we don't feel we've fully seen it, so I was like, 'Jim if we introduced halfway or near the end of the movie that full berserker animalistic insane Wolverine and he's somehow fighting our hero, audiences won't know what to feel.' And I remember him saying, 'Trust me, trust me, trust me.' And I was a bit of a pain in the ass on that one, I was like, 'I'm just not sure.

"I said, "Well, there's no such thing as a wolverine",... he said, "Go to the zoo, dude". While the names are alike, wolverines resemble small bears and are part of the weasel family. Similarly, Jackman's Wolverine character possessed super strength and retractable claws modeled after the real-life animal.

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