Leading into the hotly anticipated sequel to Wolverine, Hugh Jackman believed that Logan was without doubt the best depiction of the character. Playing the Marvel superhero for the best part of two decades has given the 48-year old Sydney native a great amount of perspective over the journey, as he made the point that this installment gave him more confidence on the red carpet than anything that had come before it.
Taking it's cues from the Western genre to pit good vs. evil in an unforgiving terrain, all parties from Jackman to Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook and James Mangold have talked in glowing terms about the production. Popping up at the world premiere in Berlin, the Aussie gave an on point and emotional admission.
First Genuine Depiction During Tearful Farewell
Stopping by for a chat with THR among the hundreds of press in Germany, the star of the picture admitted the emotional rollercoaster was worth all the effort in the end, creating a film that will embody the legacy of James Howlett.
“This character has been within me for 17 years, but not until this film do I think I have got to the heart of him,” said Jackman. “If I am going to tell my grandkids which of the films to watch, I'll say this is the movie that defines that character... This is really a love letter to the Wolverine fans, but beyond that, I wanted to make a movie that people who have never watched a comic book movie in their lives would see and get something out of.”
Gone But Not Forgotten For Hugh
Jackman spoke about Logan as though talking about a friend, a dearly departed who acted as a guiding force.
"I just didn’t compromise on anything. I was a pain to a lot of people, because I don’t get another shot at this. This is a character I love. I owe my career to this character... I can't say I'll miss him because he's not going anywhere. He'll always be with me.”
Director James Mangold also stopped by on the red carpet, arguing that his film helps to drive an important point that superhero movies often fall foul of.
“When there is violence in a movie we should see the consequence of violence, which is that lives end,” said Mangold. “That is the consequence of violence, which is often ignored.”
Logan opens in theaters March 3, 2017.