Hugh Jackman tried to bulk up for Wolverine debut in three weeks

Hugh Jackman had no idea how long it would take him to get into shape to play Wolverine.The Australian actor made his debut as the comic book mutant in 2000’s X-Men, and on his first day on set, he recalled how director Bryan Singer decided to only sho…

Hugh Jackman had no idea how long it would take him to get into shape to play Wolverine.

The Australian actor made his debut as the comic book mutant in 2000’s X-Men, and on his first day on set, he recalled how director Bryan Singer decided to only shoot him from the neck up.

“The first day I had to have my shirt off. And Bryan Singer didn’t say anything at the time but later said, ‘OK I gotta shoot you from here up and have the camera low,'” Hugh told his Les Miserables co-star Anne Hathaway during the latest instalment of Variety’s Actors on Actors interviews. “I remember looking at the comic books – I’d never read the comic books before – so I’m looking at the comics and I’m like, ‘Uh, how long do I have to get ready for this?’”

He was told they’d be rolling the cameras in three weeks, and Hugh confessed that he naively thought that was enough time to get superhero ready.

“I remember thinking, ‘Oh, three weeks!’ I’d never buffed up for anything really. I was like, ‘I think three weeks I can buff up if I really hit it hard.’ No,” he laughed.

And he confessed that director Singer shifted filming around so Hugh had longer to get in shape.

“The scene that introduces my character, they moved to the end. So it took me six months. Of course, by the time I finished Logan I was almost 50 so it takes even longer,” the 51-year-old said of the last time he played Wolverine.

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Anne Hathaway: ‘Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set’

Anne Hathaway has revealed that Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set. The Oscar-winning actress discussed her experience of working with the filmmaker on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with Hugh Jackman, who starred in Nolan’s The Pre…

Anne Hathaway has revealed that Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set.

The Oscar-winning actress discussed her experience of working with the filmmaker on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with Hugh Jackman, who starred in Nolan’s The Prestige, as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series, and they recalled how he is one of many directors who doesn’t allow cell phones on set.

However, Hathaway then added a further unknown detail about Nolan’s filmmaking process.

“He doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working. And he’s right,” she nodded. “I mean, he has these incredible movies in terms of scope and ambition and technical prowess and emotion. It always arrives at the end under schedule and under budget. I think he’s onto something with the chair thing.”

The Australian actor, who was surprised by the chair revelation, recalled how he had an issue with sharing a trailer with his co-star Christian Bale before he signed on The Prestige, which was released in 2006. Nolan convinced him to board the project by insisting that they wouldn’t spent more than an hour per day in the trailer and that they would be free to go home by 7pm every night, and he “was true to his word”.

Elsewhere in the chat, Hathaway praised the Dunkirk director’s approach to filmmaking, calling it one of her favourites.

“He’s broken it down to its most minimal, but also his movies are just so huge and ornate. That combination of really being intentional about what it was that we were doing – and also, he’s just so inspiring,” she gushed.

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Christopher Nolan disputes Anne Hathaway’s chair ban claim

Christopher Nolan’s team has disputed Anne Hathaway’s claim that he bans chairs on his movie sets.The Oscar-winning actress, who played Selina Kyle and her feline alter ego in the director’s 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises, said in a recent interview …

Christopher Nolan’s team has disputed Anne Hathaway’s claim that he bans chairs on his movie sets.

The Oscar-winning actress, who played Selina Kyle and her feline alter ego in the director’s 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises, said in a recent interview that Nolan “doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working.”

Her revelation went viral on social media this week, and now a representative for the British filmmaker has dismissed Hathaway’s allegations.

“For the record, the only things banned from sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully),” his spokesperson Kelly Bush Novak explained to IndieWire. “The chairs Anne was referring to are the director’s chairs clustered around the video monitor, allocated on the basis of hierarchy not physical need.

“Chris chooses not to use his but has never banned chairs from the set. Cast and crew can sit wherever and whenever they need and frequently do.”

Hathaway made the revelation to her Les Miserables co-star Hugh Jackman for Variety’s Actors on Actors interview series earlier this week.

“I mean, he has these incredible movies in terms of scope and ambition and technical prowess and emotion… I think he’s onto something with the chair thing,” she also said.

The interview prompted a flurry of support for Nolan on social media, as several film critics and journalists denied that the filmmaker had a ban against chairs.

As well as The Dark Knight Rises, the 37-year-old actress also appeared in the director’s sci-fi epic Interstellar in 2014.

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Hugh Jackman recalls filming last scene as Wolverine

Hugh Jackman has recalled how production paused on Logan after he completed his final scene as Wolverine so he could savour the moment.The Australian actor, who began playing the superhero mutant in X-Men in 2000, said goodbye to the much-loved charact…

Hugh Jackman has recalled how production paused on Logan after he completed his final scene as Wolverine so he could savour the moment.

The Australian actor, who began playing the superhero mutant in X-Men in 2000, said goodbye to the much-loved character in 2017 with an emotional scene that saw Wolverine pass away peacefully after sacrificing himself for his adopted mutant daughter, played by Dafne Keen.

In an interview for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Jackman told Anne Hathaway that he was ready to hang up his claws and lay the comic book character to rest.

“There were so many crossovers by the end, because I’d played it for so long,” the 51-year-old explained. “I knew it was going to be my last one way before we wrote it. I made that decision. There was a weight of expectation that I’d been carrying. I was super invested.”

And Jackman was happy with how Logan director James Mangold handled Wolverine’s death scene, even though it was sprung on him at the last minute.

“He just said, ‘We can’t do this big stunt scene. But we’re just going to do the death scene.’ I’m like, ‘Like, now?’ He goes, ‘I’m just going to have you and Dafne, and if you could just do that.’ I’m like, ‘All right.’ He knew that’s best for me,” Jackman recalled.

The Greatest Showman star told Anne that after shooting Wolverine’s demise, Mangold told him to embrace the end of an era and paused filming.

“We got there and we’re shooting the scene,” Jackman said. “And he goes, ‘Man, let’s just stop the clocks. Let’s not worry about everything. This is the end of 19 years. Sit it in for half an hour.’ Him allowing me – not just as an actor, but as Hugh – to remember that moment. It was a luxury that I’ll never forget.”

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James Mangold defends killing off Wolverine

Director James Mangold has defended killing off Wolverine in his film Logan.Hugh Jackman reprised his role as the embattled Marvel superhero for the last time in the 2017 action drama, which saw the ageing titular character sacrifice himself to save a …

Director James Mangold has defended killing off Wolverine in his film Logan.

Hugh Jackman reprised his role as the embattled Marvel superhero for the last time in the 2017 action drama, which saw the ageing titular character sacrifice himself to save a group of young mutants.

At the time, fans were shocked that the much-loved character had been killed off, and now the filmmaker has explained his decision to end Wolverine’s storyline, and revealed that he and Jackman discussed the controversial conclusion of the character at length.

“The process is a lot less of a committee than you’d think. It was really Hugh and I at first. It seemed logical, that if it were going to be his last film, that he’s either going to ride off onto the horizon or die, that you need to have some kind of curtain on his story,” Mangold told ComicBook.com, adding that he was determined the finally resolve the X-Men hero’s legacy.

“The reason the choice was at our feet was because you needed the sense of closure. You needed some sense of an ending if you were going to end, if you were dealing with the legacy of Hugh’s many performances and many films, and trying to set this part in some definitive way.”

Jackman played Wolverine for almost 17 years before his final outing in 2017, and he previously insisted it was “time” for him to bid farewell to the character.

“It’s just a matter of time. It’s a bit like you’re at the greatest party you’ve ever been at, you’ve been dancing for an hour and a half, and then you’re just like, ‘It’s time, OK. If I stay any longer, it’s gonna get ugly.’ It’s like, it’s time,” he said.

Jackman currently holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest career as a live-action superhero, with him inhabiting the role for 16 years and 228 days.

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Hugh Jackman fascinated by real-life figures in Bad Education

Hugh Jackman signed up to star in Bad Education because he was so fascinated by the real-life actions of his character.The Logan actor stars alongside Allison Janney in the black comedy, which centres on a pair of comically corrupt administrators who s…

Hugh Jackman signed up to star in Bad Education because he was so fascinated by the real-life actions of his character.

The Logan actor stars alongside Allison Janney in the black comedy, which centres on a pair of comically corrupt administrators who stole more than $15 million ($12 million) from the Roslyn school district in New York.

Jackman has explained to The Daily Beast that he agreed to play Frank Tassone in Cory Finley’s film because he couldn’t believe what the real-life person did and he thought it offered him the opportunity to surprise audiences.

“It was about the character, about doing something I hadn’t done before – I think something that audiences wouldn’t expect me to do, with some twists they hadn’t yet seen from me – and I’m fascinated by human nature,” he said. “It’s an amazing true story about a high-status person in the community going completely off the cliff, and somehow, him and 26 people who went to jail all convinced themselves they were doing something that was OK. How does that happen? How does that lie build on itself?”

The 51-year-old shared that he was unsure about Bad Education when he first read the script because he didn’t know the filmmaker could pull off a movie that incorporates two or three genres, but he agreed within 20 minutes of watching Finley’s previous movie Thoroughbreds.

For the made-for-TV film, the Australian actor also had to adopt a Long Island accent. Accordingly, he credited his longtime dialect coach Jess Platt with helping him nail it.

“I’m someone who can get to 80 per cent of an accent sort of easily, but it’s that final 20 per cent that really makes a difference,” Jackman admitted. “(Platt) was on set with me yelling and screaming, and he’s originally from Brooklyn, so he’s around the area and knows it well.”

Bad Education recently aired on HBO.

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Hugh Jackman turned down role in Cats

Hugh Jackman turned down the opportunity to appear in Cats. Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, starring Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, and Rebel Wilson, was savaged by critics and audiences upon its release in De…

Hugh Jackman turned down the opportunity to appear in Cats.

Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, starring Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, and Rebel Wilson, was savaged by critics and audiences upon its release in December.

But during a new interview with The Daily Beast to support his HBO movie Bad Education, Jackman revealed his good friend Hooper, whom he worked with on 2012 movie musical Les Miserables, had approached him about a role. However, he had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts.

When the interviewer asked, “Did you turn down a role in Cats?” and he cautiously replied, “Umm… yep.”

When pushed for which cat he was approached to play, Jackman said, “You know, Tom rang me early on because we did Les Mis together, and there were a couple of options there based on availability and time, and I really… yeah, I just wasn’t available at the time.”

The reporter then asked if he was glad about his decision, given the ridicule the movie has received, the Australian actor stuck by his friend and refused to poke fun at the picture.

“I’m in the theatre, man, and I don’t want to be in the business of bashing people – or jumping on bandwagons. I haven’t seen it, and Tom Hooper’s one of the great filmmakers we have,” the 51-year-old stated.

Elsewhere in the interview, the X-Men star was asked if he would be interested in returning to the character of Wolverine now that Fox and Disney have merged, opening up more possibilities for the X-Men universe.

“If seven years ago that had happened I’d be like, ‘Oh yeah!’ but I knew it was the right time for me to leave the party – not just for me, but for the character. Somebody else will pick it up and run with it. It’s too good of a character not to,” he commented.

Jackman made his final appearance as Wolverine in 2017’s Logan.

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Phoebe Tonkin named as new face of R. M. Williams

Phoebe Tonkin has been unveiled as the new face of R.M. Williams.The Australian actress, perhaps best known for playing Hayley Marshall in The Vampire Diaries, will front the footwear and clothing company’s upcoming Undeniable Character campaign, makin…

Phoebe Tonkin has been unveiled as the new face of R.M. Williams.

The Australian actress, perhaps best known for playing Hayley Marshall in The Vampire Diaries, will front the footwear and clothing company’s upcoming Undeniable Character campaign, making her the first woman to officially represent the label in its 88-year history.

“R.M. Williams is a brand I’ve grown up with and embodies all that I love about being Australian – from the commitment to preserving and championing our land to the culture of friendship we are lucky to have,” she said. “While I’ve been coined as the first female ambassador, the truth is that there are hundreds of hardworking females and Undeniable Characters who have fed into the rich history of the brand. R.M. Williams’ commitment to exposing and fostering both new and past Undeniable Characters was something that was immediately appealing. My craft values storytelling above all else, so I was hugely flattered to be part of that.”

Phoebe follows in the footsteps of Hugh Jackman, who was named as a brand ambassador in March 2019. The first images from the 30-year-old’s campaign will debut in April, with chief marketing officer Mat Hayward excited to see the response.

“For us, Phoebe is the perfect embodiment of Undeniable Character and what it means as a brand, and we’re thrilled to welcome her into the R.M. Williams family,” he added. “Whilst we started as a unisex brand focused on classics with function and style, women’s has grown into a key category. Fifty per cent of our traffic is female, so it is important we have a female lead who resonates directly with this customer.”

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Mark Ruffalo confirms meeting with Kevin Feige over possible Hulk movies

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster…

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.

The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster, The Avengers.

Despite starring in all four of the blockbuster movies alongside a stellar cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, and a comedic appearance in Thor: Ragnarok with Chris Hemsworth, the Hulk has yet to get his own standalone movie with Ruffalo as leading man.

However, the 52-year-old has teased an upcoming meeting with the Marvel Studios boss to discuss the future of the beloved green hero.

“Kevin Feige just asked me last week if I had any more ideas or stories for the Hulk. And I said, ‘Yeah, I think there’s still some stories to tell,'” he said during a recent panel at Tokyo Comic-Con.

“And (Feige) said, ‘Well why don’t you come in and tell me about them and we’ll see if we can find a place for you in the Marvel universe?’ Hulk vs. Wolverine. I’d like to see that,” Ruffalo added, to wild applause from the audience.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Feige hinted at the introduction of the Fantastic Four and Professor Xavier’s mutants, the X-Men, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Fans have since speculated that a younger actor could be brought in to replace Hugh Jackman, who retired from playing Wolverine following 2017’s Logan, after 17 years of playing the metal-clawed superhero.

The last standalone Hulk film was Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk back in 2008, which starred Edward Norton as Dr. Bruce Banner, alongside Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt.

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Kevin Feige wanted Iron Man’s death to be as powerful as Wolverine’s

Marvel boss Kevin Feige was determined to make Iron Man’s death in Avengers: Endgame as powerful as Wolverine’s in Logan.  After 11 years playing Tony Stark / Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. made his final appearance in this year’s Endgame, in which the …

Marvel boss Kevin Feige was determined to make Iron Man’s death in Avengers: Endgame as powerful as Wolverine’s in Logan.

  After 11 years playing Tony Stark / Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. made his final appearance in this year’s Endgame, in which the billionaire sacrifices himself to defeat the evil Thanos and his army. 

  During a live Q&A session with Empire magazine this week, Feige explained that he wanted Downey Jr.’s last outing as Iron Man to be as moving to audiences as Hugh Jackman’s final appearance in 2017’s Logan. 

  “We saw Logan like the audience did, in a theatre having nothing to do with the making of that film and went, ‘Oh my God, what an amazing ending for Hugh as this character,'” the film producer recalled. “And there are only a handful of examples where an actor so associated with a character can go out perfectly. That’s what we desperately wanted to give Robert, and that was what our focus was on.”

   Jackman holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest career as a live-action superhero. After playing Wolverine for 16 years and 228 days, he took his final bow in Logan, in which the character loses his regenerative powers and dies. 

  Feige also spoke about how his team came up with Stark’s death early on in the development process for Endgame and were “dedicated” to the storyline because they were determined to show fans that deaths do matter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

  “Around the time we started working on this film, there was some sense that deaths don’t matter in our movies – Nick Fury gets shot and died in Winter Soldier and comes back in the third act, which was awesome, but is not a death,” he said. “And people were clamouring for, not death necessarily, but stakes and real emotion. And I remember thinking, ‘Be careful what you wish for,’ as we started getting closer to this. But we never questioned it. All of the angst and all of the effort went into sticking the landing, to make it worthwhile.”

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