Late last year I took a trip half way around the world to stop in with The Wolverine. During my visit, Hugh Jackman, James Mangold and the rest of the cast and crew were set up in Sydney filming for a huge set piece that takes place at a funeral. I got to walk around the set, interview over a dozen of the people working on the film, and watch several shots being filmed.
Over the next few days – and getting off to a good start with a run of pieces today – I’ll let you in on what I saw, heard and found out while I was there. We’ll look into the way this film builds on and transforms the classic ‘Logan in Japan’ storyline; we’ll look into the evolution of the film’s new third act; and we’ll even look back at some of the other X-Men films.
There will also be new images – like the two in this very story.
For now, though, here’s just a little of what Hugh Jackman had to tell me about his ambitions for this picture.
For whatever reason there were a number of things working against us at the time of X-Men: Origins – Wolverine. We all put our heart and soul into it, I just… honestly, when I watched it I still didn’t feel like we’d really delivered on what my vision of this character is, and that’s the fan’s vision too, I think. I’m really thrilled we’ve got another shot at it.
I’ve waited twelve years for this Japanese saga, this Samurai story, from the very first week I had on X-Men one. I was reading this comic and Lauren Shuler Donner and I were saying “Maybe one day, you never know, but hopefully we’ll get to do this story.”
In this movie, you definitely see Wolverine at his lowest point. He’s without purpose at the beginning, but through the samurai story and being in this foreign land he’s forced to embrace who he is… or not. I won’t give that away. Wolverine doesn’t have the most spectacular powers of all of the X-Men. He can’t fly, he has no laser beams. He’s got that healing ability, which is fantastic, and he has those claws but I think his greatest weapon is who he is inside. If you took away all their powers, I’m pretty sure Wolverine is the one you wouldn’t want to piss off. He’s the one you want on your side, and definitely not against you. He won’t stop until he’s dead or you’re dead first.
Well, obviously it would be me.
Coming up next: how the characters have been developed on their way from the page to screen, and an introduction to some of the new players in this instalment.