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Turns out we can blame Jerry Seinfeld for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine exit

06.09.2015

It seems strange to think about someone else taking on Wolverine's adamantium claws, but that's something we'll have to get used to sooner than we think. Just over a month ago Hugh Jackman confirmed that the upcoming sequel to THE WOLVERINE would be his last outing before hanging up Wolverine's claws for good. By the time THE WOLVERINE sequel drops Jackman will have played the character for seventeen years, that's a long time to play any character so it was quite understandable when Jackman announced that he was done.

However it looks as though there was another person who influenced Hugh Jackman's decision and that person was...Jerry Seinfeld. During an interview on Live with Kelly and Michael, Hugh Jackman explained that the comedian was indirectly responsible for the actor's choice to leave the character behind:

I was having a chat with [Seinfeld] about a year ago, at his birthday, and he was talking about why he finished [the NBC Seinfeld show], he said, he'd always had this feeling and belief that you never know when either your energy or the audience's energy is going to dip over into people [saying] 'Oh, please go.' He said you should finish on a high, I've been doing it for seventeen years, I love it, I think the movie's are getting better, and all of a sudden, as he was talking, I went 'this is it.'

Gather up your torches and pitchforks folks, time to head to Jerry Seinfeld's house. Joking aside, as much as I love Hugh Jackman in that role, going out on a high is something I think we can all get on board with. Regarding THE WOLVERINE sequel being his last, Jackman says that he knows in his gut that it's the right thing to do but also quipped that he hopes he doesn't come back in five years wondering "why did I do that?"

The sequel to THE WOLVERINE is set for a March 3, 2017 release.

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7:10PM on 06/10/2015
See you in 10 years old man Logan
See you in 10 years old man Logan
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3:08PM on 06/10/2015

Don't worry, he'll be back!

Who else is gonna play Old Man Logan?
Who else is gonna play Old Man Logan?
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11:13AM on 06/10/2015
Jackie Earl Haley, nuff said.
Jackie Earl Haley, nuff said.
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4:54PM on 06/10/2015
Is that a joke?
Is that a joke?
9:38AM on 06/10/2015
His departure is long overdue. I look forward to a big-screen 'X-Men' where Wolverine doesn't overshadow all the other characters.
His departure is long overdue. I look forward to a big-screen 'X-Men' where Wolverine doesn't overshadow all the other characters.
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1:14PM on 06/10/2015
You know he will just be replaced.... They are still going to try to milk the Wolverine cash cow in everything, not realizing it was the actor who people loved, not really the character.
You know he will just be replaced.... They are still going to try to milk the Wolverine cash cow in everything, not realizing it was the actor who people loved, not really the character.
9:33AM on 06/10/2015
I can totally understand the reasoning behind that decision. I just hope then that Wolverine 3 is a great film. The Wolverine was great, so hopefully the next solo outing is just as good to send him off on a high note.
I can totally understand the reasoning behind that decision. I just hope then that Wolverine 3 is a great film. The Wolverine was great, so hopefully the next solo outing is just as good to send him off on a high note.
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8:25AM on 06/10/2015
"Whats the deal with Wolverine!"

Its' time, he knows it and us fans know it... obviously not everyone loves this version of Wolvie, as a long collector of Wolverine comics I've really enjoyed his take on the character. I just hope when they recast Logan, it'll be closer to the source material.
"Whats the deal with Wolverine!"

Its' time, he knows it and us fans know it... obviously not everyone loves this version of Wolvie, as a long collector of Wolverine comics I've really enjoyed his take on the character. I just hope when they recast Logan, it'll be closer to the source material.
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6:52AM on 06/10/2015
Agree with BatSTUD but I'll add that even though Hugh's Wolverine was different from the comic's the core of the character was still there which is why I still think it resonated with fans of the comics and movies goers alike. Hugh's Wolverine wasn't as a perfect casting then say Christopher Reeves as Superman or RDJ as Ironman but he owned that role and made it his. One thing I worry about is who ever they cast after Jackman will try to emulate Hugh's version when they should try to make it
Agree with BatSTUD but I'll add that even though Hugh's Wolverine was different from the comic's the core of the character was still there which is why I still think it resonated with fans of the comics and movies goers alike. Hugh's Wolverine wasn't as a perfect casting then say Christopher Reeves as Superman or RDJ as Ironman but he owned that role and made it his. One thing I worry about is who ever they cast after Jackman will try to emulate Hugh's version when they should try to make it comicbook accurate. I want the short, hairy, angry, grumpy Logan from the comics.
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11:44AM on 06/10/2015
I hear you on wanting a short hairy grumpy guy, there just aren't too many of them in Hollywood... If they made it 25 years ago Bob Hoskins would've been the spitting image. I can't think of anyone current though.

As for worrying about them riffing on Jackman's wolverine, just look at all the Jokers—all similar, but all different enough too
I hear you on wanting a short hairy grumpy guy, there just aren't too many of them in Hollywood... If they made it 25 years ago Bob Hoskins would've been the spitting image. I can't think of anyone current though.

As for worrying about them riffing on Jackman's wolverine, just look at all the Jokers—all similar, but all different enough too
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5:35AM on 06/10/2015
I've always loved Hugh Jackman as Wolverine...and see him as I do RDJ as Iron Man. That said and despite sprinklings of awesomeness scattered throughout every movie he's played Wolverine in (even the cameo)...I've yet to actually see a good Wolverine movie. My son was watching Origins again yesterday...and I still maintain it's an enjoyable movie...fantastic theme and truly brilliant opening intro but I want a Wolverine movie that knocks it out of the park Winter Soldier style. In all
I've always loved Hugh Jackman as Wolverine...and see him as I do RDJ as Iron Man. That said and despite sprinklings of awesomeness scattered throughout every movie he's played Wolverine in (even the cameo)...I've yet to actually see a good Wolverine movie. My son was watching Origins again yesterday...and I still maintain it's an enjoyable movie...fantastic theme and truly brilliant opening intro but I want a Wolverine movie that knocks it out of the park Winter Soldier style. In all fairness, only Winter Soldier has knocked it out Winter Soldier style when I think of comic book movies (oh and Batman Begins) but that's what I'd wish for - a Wolverine movie that truly ends on a high.
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3:04AM on 06/10/2015

Thank you Jerry Seinfeld.

You couldn't have come around like 15 years ago? I'll get thumbs down for this and I don't give a shite, but Hugh Jackman is NOT Wolverine. His version of Wolverine is an overly emotional, sensitive romantic. That is not Wolverine. Read the goddamn comics.
You couldn't have come around like 15 years ago? I'll get thumbs down for this and I don't give a shite, but Hugh Jackman is NOT Wolverine. His version of Wolverine is an overly emotional, sensitive romantic. That is not Wolverine. Read the goddamn comics.
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4:55PM on 06/10/2015
Boom! I'm with you!
Boom! I'm with you!
2:22AM on 06/10/2015
Well who better to convince you than Jerry Seinfeld, the guy is actually a comic book nut & loves Superman. Always been a fan of his, i like his stand up & his web series is funny. As for Hugh Jackman, it's always better to go out on a high note & he IS Wolverine & he put his heart, body & soul into the role.
Well who better to convince you than Jerry Seinfeld, the guy is actually a comic book nut & loves Superman. Always been a fan of his, i like his stand up & his web series is funny. As for Hugh Jackman, it's always better to go out on a high note & he IS Wolverine & he put his heart, body & soul into the role.
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2:12AM on 06/10/2015
Jackman has been great as Wolverine. His part in the X-films has contributed greatly to some really good films. Sadly, the Wolverine solo movies have been awful. And I don't need to hear about how The Wolverine was good and so on. It wasn't. It sucked. It had shitty, forgettable villains and a mediocre script. The only good thing in it was Jackman. Hopefully this last solo film will send him out on the high note he has definitely earned.
Jackman has been great as Wolverine. His part in the X-films has contributed greatly to some really good films. Sadly, the Wolverine solo movies have been awful. And I don't need to hear about how The Wolverine was good and so on. It wasn't. It sucked. It had shitty, forgettable villains and a mediocre script. The only good thing in it was Jackman. Hopefully this last solo film will send him out on the high note he has definitely earned.
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10:21PM on 06/09/2015

I trust Jerry when it comes to movies.

His bootleg version of DEATH BLOW was a great cinematic experience.
His bootleg version of DEATH BLOW was a great cinematic experience.
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9:39PM on 06/09/2015

I respect Jackman's decision.

He is getting older and as much as I like his portrayal of Wolverine I feel that he is right that he should exit now or he will be stuck in it forever. Plus look at what he has to do to keep up the physique for Wolverine. It has to be extremely tedious for him and people want to let go of all that hard workout routines especially at his age. I don't want him to go out on a fade away. He needs to leave at the top and I feel the Final Wolverine movie will be it.
He is getting older and as much as I like his portrayal of Wolverine I feel that he is right that he should exit now or he will be stuck in it forever. Plus look at what he has to do to keep up the physique for Wolverine. It has to be extremely tedious for him and people want to let go of all that hard workout routines especially at his age. I don't want him to go out on a fade away. He needs to leave at the top and I feel the Final Wolverine movie will be it.
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9:39PM on 06/09/2015
I used to love Sienfeld too...lol. All kidding aside I give major credit for Jackman to breathing life into this role with sincerity and appreciation. He has given his all and them some to this role. It made him a star, and unlike so many others, hasn't just jettisoned and smack talked what made him a star. In fact he doubled down on his effort and love for the character. In his mid forties he sculpted his body to perfection more and more as the movies continued and ended up more of a specimen
I used to love Sienfeld too...lol. All kidding aside I give major credit for Jackman to breathing life into this role with sincerity and appreciation. He has given his all and them some to this role. It made him a star, and unlike so many others, hasn't just jettisoned and smack talked what made him a star. In fact he doubled down on his effort and love for the character. In his mid forties he sculpted his body to perfection more and more as the movies continued and ended up more of a specimen than when he was in his late 20's/early 30's. He should be applauded, and like other have said I would love to wait 10 years and have him come back for old man Logan.

On a side note as much as I love Jackman, he is too tall to match the comic stature. Wolverine was a squat bulldozer of a man. An animal physically as much as mentally and sense wise. He was hairy and muscular. I would have loved to see the late Bob Hoskins give the role a run for his money when he was younger. He was short, broad, hairy, had 100% the right voice and demanor. If he got in major Jackman style physical shape I think he would have been the best Wolverine ever. Of course its all what if's since it didn't happen and never could, but it is interesting to think about as Chris Claremont did.
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9:41PM on 06/09/2015
But why did you rate this negatively?
But why did you rate this negatively?
5:09AM on 06/10/2015
Because it sucks that Sienfeld convinced (unknowingly) Jackman to retire. That blows and most of the people below me also rated red for the same reason.
Because it sucks that Sienfeld convinced (unknowingly) Jackman to retire. That blows and most of the people below me also rated red for the same reason.
9:27PM on 06/09/2015
But didn't he said before after watching Birdman that the lesson learned from that movie is that he shouldn't quit?
Oh I don't know.
But didn't he said before after watching Birdman that the lesson learned from that movie is that he shouldn't quit?
Oh I don't know.
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9:00PM on 06/09/2015

I'm sad to see him go...

But I really respect the decision. We've seen it way too many times, where a show or franchise or character refuses to know when it's worn out it's welcome... I can honestly say I've been happy in the past when somebody has the foresight to get out ahead of that. But, all things considered, I think Jackman's success in his portrayal of Wolverine will be nearly impossible to replicate... I'm not even sure I'd like to see someone attempt it. That'd be like someone remaking Big Trouble in
But I really respect the decision. We've seen it way too many times, where a show or franchise or character refuses to know when it's worn out it's welcome... I can honestly say I've been happy in the past when somebody has the foresight to get out ahead of that. But, all things considered, I think Jackman's success in his portrayal of Wolverine will be nearly impossible to replicate... I'm not even sure I'd like to see someone attempt it. That'd be like someone remaking Big Trouble in Little China without Kurt Russell.
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8:28PM on 06/09/2015
Thanks a lot, Jerry.
Thanks a lot, Jerry.
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8:01PM on 06/09/2015
Gee, thanks a bunch, Jerry.
Gee, thanks a bunch, Jerry.
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8:00PM on 06/09/2015
I could and would never tire of him playing Wolverine. He IS Wolverine and whoever plays him next has very, VERY BIG claws to fill.
I could and would never tire of him playing Wolverine. He IS Wolverine and whoever plays him next has very, VERY BIG claws to fill.
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7:48PM on 06/09/2015
"DAMN IT, JERRY!"
"DAMN IT, JERRY!"
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7:26PM on 06/09/2015
He could still pull off Old Man Wolverine. Of course, maybe that's the third Wolverine movie?

He could still pull off Old Man Wolverine. Of course, maybe that's the third Wolverine movie?

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10:03PM on 06/09/2015
I'm kinda hoping (and figuring) that the third Wolverine movie will be a hybrid of Old Man Logan and The Death of Wolverine that takes place in the future after all the other x-men are dead (of natural causes), so it doesn't matter which timeline it takes place on.
I'm kinda hoping (and figuring) that the third Wolverine movie will be a hybrid of Old Man Logan and The Death of Wolverine that takes place in the future after all the other x-men are dead (of natural causes), so it doesn't matter which timeline it takes place on.
10:03PM on 06/09/2015
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double post
11:25PM on 06/09/2015
*SPOILERS ALERT*

If they do Old Man Logan, Fox would have to play nice with Disney in order to allow them to use The Hulk as the villain. Fat chance of that happening.
*SPOILERS ALERT*

If they do Old Man Logan, Fox would have to play nice with Disney in order to allow them to use The Hulk as the villain. Fat chance of that happening.
11:29PM on 06/09/2015
Stratburst,

Spider-Man disagrees.
Stratburst,

Spider-Man disagrees.
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