The physical demands of a role like James Howlett demand a tremendous degree of fortitude and stamina. As Hugh Jackman showcased on social media this week. The Australian posted a video of himself in a sound booth going absolutely mental. Roaring and ripping his way through imaginary foe as he went berserker for the final time.
The special effects for ADR (automatic dialogue replacement) allow the audience to really get a sense of the adrenaline pumping through his veins and the exhaustion felt by an aged superhero. No wonder the 48-year old required a row of bottled water next to him, going through a fair old workout in the process.
Director Talks About The Ending To Great Spectacle and 17 Year Legacy
The death of the great man at the hands of his evil replica X-24 was a conclusion that few would have foreseen in the lead up to the picture, but James Mangold believes there is deeper meaning behind the events. Knowing that the end was moments away, the filmmaker argued that the character could finally let go and express himself to Laura for the first time.
“To put his last fight against his own self in a sense, a mirror, a kind of dark mirror—in a way, X-24 in my mind was designed to be a vision of Weapon X, that he’s essentially battling his worst self, and younger, more capable, more savage, and without any sense of conscience or morality. There were several different interesting aspects to me, one is when that part of him, if you look at it for a moment from a psychological point of view, when that mirror image of him dies, it’s very interesting how that becomes in the last minute of the film that he’s alive, the moment where it’s almost like something’s been lifted from him.
And of the many things I’m proud about the movie, I’m really proud about the way—I don’t expect you to intellectually engage that, but I expect you to feel it. I do think you feel that in the wake of that battle when he turns and Laura kneels beside him, that he is suddenly capable and something has gone away inside him and he’s capable of connecting with her and saying things that the guy who has run through the previous 121 minutes of this movie could not have said, until this point.”
Writer's Words Travel From Coast to Coast
Giving complete credit to screenwriter Scott Frank for penning the emotional conclusion, Mangold admitted that the line "so this is what it feels like" from Logan was the perfect piece of dialogue to end the character.
“Scott Frank (wrote that line). We were trading the script back and forth between New York and LA and he wrote that line and sent it to me. Oh my God, I loved it, I knew those were the final words the second I read it, and to me it has two wonderful meanings and Hugh brilliantly plays both of them, one being for a man who has died 450 times in movies, let alone in his career, and yet never dies because of his healing factor, he has no idea, it’s like a tunnel he goes into and never comes out the other side, so there was that very literal meaning in relation to death.
But there was also this moment of him holding his daughter’s hand and seeing utter emotion in her eyes and feeling the purest kind of love which is family love, and letting it in for the first time in his life.”