Hugh Jackman On Some Of Aronofsky’s Ideas And Holding Off An R-Rating For WOLVERINE
Hugh Jackman has made headlines quite a bit lately with the entire “will he or won’t he” talk when it comes to returning to the role of Wolverine after X-Men: Apocalypse and the planned third solo movie/sequel to The Wolverine. Some days Jackman says he’s pretty sure The Wolverine follow-up will be the end of his journey as the Canadian berserker, but other days he says he’s in it for a few more years. We’ll just have to wait and see how that actually unfolds, but the actor has been talking about Days of Future Past and some of the things that were set aside while working on The Wolverine. While speaking with Moviefone, Jackman revealed some of director Darren Aronofsky‘s ideas for The Wolverine before James Mangold came aboard as well as how he kept the movie from landing the R-rating fans had hoped to see.
Black Swan and Noah director Darren Aronofsky was attached to the second Wolverine solo movie, but eventually had to drop out for a variety of reasons. By all accounts a lot of Aronofsky‘s ideas ended up being used as Mangold took over the reigns and injected a few of his own ideas as well. It seems that one idea from Aronofsky was abandoned though. Jackman says the director had wanted the actor to get a lot more jacked:
Darren was really impressed with what Jim did and said that he thought Jim did a better job than he could have done. He was very complimentary to the work that Jim did. But there was one thing that he said to me that I can remember. He said to me, “I don’t think you’ve just got to be a little bit bigger. I think you’ve got to be fifty pounds bigger… and muscle-only.” He had a really cool idea about scars. He said, “I want to see him completely scarred. I know he heals but if you think about it, we have a scar, we have a scar for life. It doesn’t really get better. It might reduce over your lifetime but it also stays there.”
So his whole thing was that he should have been completely scarred and disfigured and slowly they could go. Maybe what takes us a lifetime to get rid of would only take him a year-and-a-half. I thought that was a really cool idea. He had a couple of other really big ideas, some of which, by the way, made the movie.
Jackman got all veiny and ridiculously huge for The Wolverine and Days of Future Past, but he says there was just no way he could get anywhere close to as big as Aronofsky suggested. The actor said he pushed his body to the limit and got in the best shape of his life, but the 50 pounds of muscle was just beyond the realm of human possibility.
Speaking of things Jackman just couldn’t do, the actor says he just couldn’t put out a Wolverine movie that had an R-rating. He mentions that the studio was behind the idea, but he felt an obligation to make something all the young fans he meets could watch as well. The R-rated cut ended up being released on the Blu-ray release, but it sounds like the original ideas may have went a hair or two further:
[The studio was] open to it, actually. It didn’t scare them off, as long as we have a good reason for it. I was the one to call it off. In a way, I would love to do it — if there was ever a character that would necessitate an R-rated version. But I’m the one who, every day of my life, meets 12, 13, 14-year-olds. I see in their eyes how I used to feel about Indiana Jones. So for me to say, “You know what, this next movie, it’s not for you” — I would have to have a really good reason for it. So we made the movie without a rating in mind, and the first cut, let me tell you, we had trouble. It was definitely R-rated. So in the end, we just snuck on the side of it, but that’s why we released the unrated cut on Blu-ray.
While he says he wants to keep it kid-friendly in a lot of respects, it does sound like he would be open to a more mature take on the character if there was a good enough reason. Hopefully someone comes up with a good reason (Old Man Logan). What do you think about Jackman‘s comments? Do you think we’ll ever get an R-rated Wolverine flick?
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Source : Moviefone