Hugh Jackman became an international superstar after he portrayed the character of Wolverine in nine movies, starting with X-Men in 2000. Now, he’s opening up about how emotional it was for him when it finally came time for him to hang up his Wolverine claws and say goodbye to the character for good.
During a sit-down with Hollywood star Anne Hathaway for Variety‘s Actors on Actors issue, Jackman spoke with her about what it was like to film his final film as the character in the 2017 movie Wolverine.
“There were so many crossovers by the end, because I’d played it for so long,” Jackman explained, according to the New York Post. “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.”
Jackman’s final scene is an emotional one, as it shows Wolverine sacrificing himself to save his adopted daughter Laura (Dafne Keen).
“I felt so in it,” Jackman said. “I was working with a director that I worked with three times before, who I trust implicitly, Jim Mangold. I remember when we shot that scene, we were shooting very high altitude, and there were thunderstorms going off everywhere, and we had to shut down. 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.”
Both Mangold and Jackman understood the full weight of the scene.
“We got there and we’re shooting the scene,” Jackman said. “Dafne was 11. She was fantastic. We shot Dafne, and she turned around in two takes and he goes, ‘Let’s just kick out. Let’s do another.’ I said, ‘You sure? I feel like –‘ 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.’ ”
“He rolled the cameras,” he recalled. “Him allowing me — not just as an actor, but as Hugh — to remember that moment. It was a luxury that I’ll never forget.”