Wednesday, October 12, 2011

THE WOLVERINE (2013) - Hugh Jackman Interview

Hugh Jackman talked a little bit about his new movie, "The Wolverine", a sequel/reboot of the 2009 origin story "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". Initially, Darren Arronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream", "Black Swan") was attached to direct, but he quit the project and was replaced by James Mangold ("3:10 to Yuma", "Walk the Line"). One of the interesting things about this interview is that Jackman mentions the fact that they might actually film the movie as an R-rated actioner, or at least film both a PG-13 and an R version. While the idea is daring, I doubt that the version we'll see in theaters will be rated R. It's more likely they're going to release the gory one as an Uncut DVD/Blu-Ray. Besides, remember when Stallone went hard-R with the fourth Rambo ? There were chunks of flesh flying all over the place and it got pretty distracting after all was said and done, despite being a lot more realistic in terms of war violence. On the other hand, gamers might also remember that the PC videogame adaptation of the 2009 movie had some very gory content, which worked really well with Wolverine's nasty temper. The story was also a lot better, too, I think. Still, it's an interesting thought and I hope Mangold and Jackman go through with it, even if only as a DVD/Blu-Ray version.

PS: The video might not work for everybody, depending on your region, so in case it doesn't work, here are some highlights :
"There’s such great temptation to make an R-rated ‘Wolverine’. I’ve always felt that. I know a lot of fans would like that. I totally get it. If there was ever a superhero that was going to be R-rated, it’s Wolverine. However, in the last ten years, I’ve also met many, many 12, 13, dare I say 10, 14, 15 year-olds who, for them, Wolverine is not just cool, you see it in their eyes. He’s everything to them. So my thing is — which James Mangold and I talked about — is let’s not put it off the table. There’s even a talk of us doing two versions, as in finding a way for us to do both as you shoot it, which could be really cool. But you need to have a really good reason to exclude those fans (...)
What’s R-rated about him is, yeah he’s violent but it’s his attitude that’s the coolest thing about him. So if you can be inventive and find a way around those laws, we’ll try and do it."


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