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Hugh Jackman was initially skeptical about Logan's secret villain

05.18.2017

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Although I'm sure many of you already know the identity of the villain in LOGAN, I'd consider the following to be a spoiler if you haven't yet seen the film and are eagerly awaiting its release on Bluray/DVD. After playing the role for close to two decades, Hugh Jackman decided to hang up his claws after one final outing. Thankfully, James Mangold's LOGAN provided a gritty yet touching conclusion to Jackman's tenure as Wolverine, but that doesn't mean that it was entirely smooth sailing, particularly when it came to LOGAN's secret villain.

LOGAN contained several surprises which were kept out of its marketing campaign, including the reveal of X-24, a feral clone of Wolverine, part-way through the film. As Hugh Jackman would be playing both Logan and the younger X-24, he told Collider that he was initially skeptical about playing the X-24 role and that it led to some heated discussions.

I was very skeptical of having X-24 being played by me. I understood what it represented and thematically the idea of battling himself, which of course is right at the core of this character that we never fully got to, so I kind of loved the externalization of that. But I also know that myself as an actor and fans of Wolverine come up to me in the street every day and go, ‘We wanna see that full berserker animalistic crazy off-the-wall Wolverine,’ right? That we don’t feel we’ve fully seen it, so I was like, ‘Jim if we introduced halfway or near the end of the movie that full berserker animalistic crazy Wolverine and he’s somehow fighting our hero, audiences won’t know what to feel.’ And I remember him saying, ‘Trust me, trust me, trust me.’ And I was a bit of a pain in the ass on that one, I was like, ‘I’m just not sure. Let’s keep exploring it and exploring it.’ When I saw the movie it’s just clear, for some reason I think because he skewers Patrick Stewart in that moment the audience just sort of hates him. We did some subtle things, I changed the bridge of my nose, I wore contacts—I just wanted him to look a little different from myself. And I think by that point we’d created already the Wolverine that people wanted to see. So anyway, that was one of my examples of being wrong (laughs).

It's almost a minor miracle that X-24's involvement in the film was kept under wraps for so long, which Hugh Jackman found to be quite impressive in this age of spoilers and set-photos. "I’ve gotta give props to the crew and the cast, no one spilled the beans," said Jackman. "I hadn’t thought about it until just now. But it’s fun being in screenings and watching people gasp. They do not see it coming."

LOGAN is now available on Digital HD, but will be released on Blu-ray/DVD on May 23rd.

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Source: Collider

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9:47AM on 05/19/2017
Anyone who thinks Sabertooth should have been the villain is out of their damn mind. X-24 was truly a frightening character, kind of like a berserking T1000. His youth vs Logan's age made their fights feel so hopeless for Logan. It was perfect and carried real emotional weight.

Sabertooth has been used up, and screwed up in the movies. it would have been old man vs old man's villain from Wolverine's crappiest movie. Never in a million years would I believe that Wolverine couldn't beat
Anyone who thinks Sabertooth should have been the villain is out of their damn mind. X-24 was truly a frightening character, kind of like a berserking T1000. His youth vs Logan's age made their fights feel so hopeless for Logan. It was perfect and carried real emotional weight.

Sabertooth has been used up, and screwed up in the movies. it would have been old man vs old man's villain from Wolverine's crappiest movie. Never in a million years would I believe that Wolverine couldn't beat Sabertooth. With X-24 I knew that Logan could not win that fight, which made their fights so emotional to watch. X-24 was unexpected and fit more thematically.
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9:32AM on 05/19/2017
you were right, hugh. x-24 was dumb.
you were right, hugh. x-24 was dumb.
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8:28AM on 05/19/2017
I feel having Sabertooth as the main villain would have been a huge mistake. Origins poorly scripted why Logan and Victor are immortally pitted against one another. You generally leave the common movie goer confused. I feel it would have gone that, Creed wants to kill Wolvie, they clash, bad guys from a dark organization betray Victor, Victor has a change of heart in killing Logan, they team up to fight bad humans.
I did not see X-24 coming and was really thankful Mangold made this movie. It
I feel having Sabertooth as the main villain would have been a huge mistake. Origins poorly scripted why Logan and Victor are immortally pitted against one another. You generally leave the common movie goer confused. I feel it would have gone that, Creed wants to kill Wolvie, they clash, bad guys from a dark organization betray Victor, Victor has a change of heart in killing Logan, they team up to fight bad humans.
I did not see X-24 coming and was really thankful Mangold made this movie. It really hurts that he wasn't involved right from the get go.
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9:24AM on 05/19/2017
Origins isn't canon, though. And I don't just mean that because Days of Future Past rewrote the timeline. It's not even canon within the context of the original three X-Men films.
Origins isn't canon, though. And I don't just mean that because Days of Future Past rewrote the timeline. It's not even canon within the context of the original three X-Men films.
4:36PM on 05/19/2017
If its not canon, then why would a final fight between the two make sense? There was no tense build up to a Victor and Logan final fight in this film. In a perfect world, the first Wolverine movie should have done their relationship justice and carried over from there, but it sadly did not. In the comics, Sabertooth relentlessly tracked Logan, biding his time, killing anyone Logan fell in love with.

I feel if Victor was in this, it would have felt that way because only fans would know the
If its not canon, then why would a final fight between the two make sense? There was no tense build up to a Victor and Logan final fight in this film. In a perfect world, the first Wolverine movie should have done their relationship justice and carried over from there, but it sadly did not. In the comics, Sabertooth relentlessly tracked Logan, biding his time, killing anyone Logan fell in love with.

I feel if Victor was in this, it would have felt that way because only fans would know the true meaning behind their long struggle with one another. This movie was solely about his battle with immortality, how he buries everyone that he loves and his inner demons. I thought it succeeded doing so and was a great goodbye to Hugh Jackman as Logan.
6:35AM on 05/19/2017
I didn't realized he played the role. I thought it was CGI/mo cap. It was so awesome when he showed up. Caught me completely off guard. I hated him, but nonetheless I thought it was an awesome touch to an already great movie.
I didn't realized he played the role. I thought it was CGI/mo cap. It was so awesome when he showed up. Caught me completely off guard. I hated him, but nonetheless I thought it was an awesome touch to an already great movie.
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2:15AM on 05/19/2017
I'm not sure Sabretooth was ever planned as the secret villain. I think I remember an article that says Creed's supposed involvement in the movie was not in a villainous role. After all he would have been just as old and frail as Wolverine, if not worse.
I'm not sure Sabretooth was ever planned as the secret villain. I think I remember an article that says Creed's supposed involvement in the movie was not in a villainous role. After all he would have been just as old and frail as Wolverine, if not worse.
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9:46PM on 05/18/2017

Only weak point.

This was the only weak spot, in an otherwise great film. Really really should have been Victor Creed.
This was the only weak spot, in an otherwise great film. Really really should have been Victor Creed.
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1:00AM on 05/19/2017
Nah. The story was about battle his inner demons and accepting his mortality. Facing his ruthless, unstoppable younger self was the perfect way to drive that home.
Nah. The story was about battle his inner demons and accepting his mortality. Facing his ruthless, unstoppable younger self was the perfect way to drive that home.
8:45PM on 05/18/2017

Good film

But the villain should have been Sabretooth
But the villain should have been Sabretooth
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6:31AM on 05/19/2017
No.... We already seen that movie. This was way better!
No.... We already seen that movie. This was way better!
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