Rather than using his stint in Marvel to boost his bank balance while he receives his acting credibility from other ventures, Jackman has been more public than usual. Including when given the opportunity to discuss his Wolverine character in the lead up to Logan. Until the release on March 3, the Australian will be one of many celebrities on the red carpet for Sunday's Golden Globe awards. And Variety used it as an opportunity to get his thoughts on the his time with Marvel.
Much has been made of late with a Deadpool-Wolverine spinoff/crossover feature that was mentioned by Ryan Reynolds. And Jackman knows the hype around such a production. Being introduced to the Canadian for 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the actor said that Scarlett Johansson was the link that joined them up.
"He (Reynolds) was about to get married to Scarlett (Johansson) at the time," started Jackman recalling the 2009 shoot. "And I was friends with Scarlett. It was like, 'Hey dude, I’m checking you out' ... that’s where we became mates."
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If life is all about timing, then the first impressions for what Reynolds and Jackman could make together were less than ideal. While they bonded off screen, the chemistry on screen could not be replicated.
"He wasn’t in the Deadpool costume in my movie," explained the Sydney native. "He was laying the groundwork. He came down to Australia. It was the writer’s strike, so we couldn’t have a writer. Literally, the script would say things like, 'Deadpool comes in, talking a mile a minute, very funny.' Uh, where’s the dialogue? We’d say: 'Yeah man, do whatever you can.'"
So by the time he got to see the finished Deadpool product for himself, the 48-year old could not have been happier.
"A couple things I knew about," revealed Jackman. "I had to sign a waiver for my People magazine cover. The bit at the end with him kissing my face, I had no idea. I saw it with my son and about 15 of his mates. I never laughed so hard from the opening titles right through."
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The closing of the chapter with Logan will be something to behold and the Aussie admits that the time is right to bid Wolverine and Marvel a goodbye.
"I’m really, really proud of this movie," said Jackman. "I was really keen that I didn’t leave the party feeling like I could dance more. I think I’m pretty much danced out, and I had a great time. It’s been an unbelievable ride, but it feels right."
But if his mate Ryan comes calling, could he resist?
"I’m hesitating, because I could totally see how that’s the perfect fit. But the timing may be wrong. I’m at the point where I’m finishing up. In terms of a theory, it’s a great idea."