We’re all saddened by the fact that 2 of the most popular actors portraying 2 of the most popular X-Men figures are stepping down their role. These folks need no introduction.
Hugh Jackman (Wolverine / Logan) and Sir Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier) announced that they will no longer be reprising their role. After 17 years of playing the angry mutant slashing Wolverine, Hugh is stepping down due to his skin cancer and age. He also had a conversation with a friend, Jerry Seinfeld, that contributed a lot to his decision. Jerry advised him that he doesn’t want him to get to the point wherein the audience will get sick and tired of him in the long run. While Sir Patrick never mentioned why his Professor X days are over, I think it has a lot to do with his age. I mean come on, the guy is 77 years old.
While we’re all in tears because of their decision, it was a good one and all for the best. Especially given the fact that it got an R-rating in which according to the director (James Mangold), gave him a lot of freedom, control and flexibility. All worth it!
The film is slightly based on the comic series written by Mark Millar, Old Man Logan. Though it does not follow the story line, the ambiance of the setting is very similar. In summary, the movie is about a rugged looking, hopeless and sick James “Logan” Howlett, formerly known as the Wolverine. He’s now living with Caliban and Charles Xavier in an abandoned little factory in Texas (year 2029) trying to survive. It seems like all mutants were at the brink of extinction and they were the only ones left. In a very dramatic turn of events, Logan finds himself with an artificially created child mutant named Laura. He’s now on a mission to protect her.
This by far is the best X-Men movie ever created. Just for the fun of it, let’s go back in time and see the evolution of Hugh as Wolverine.
We’re a very big fan of this movie so we collected 20 fun facts and easter eggs that you might have missed.
WARNING: SPOILER ALERT! Proceed at your own risk!
1. To prepare for his role as the weak, sick and elderly Charles Xavier, Sir Patrick lost 21 pounds. According to him, this was something that he’s never done before. This made this easier for Hugh as you’ll see him carrying him around for the most part of the movie.
2. The release of the movie in the UK was at 10:23PM compared to their usual midnight release. It was a cool reference to the movie’s introduction of the new character X-23.
3. According to Hugh Jackman, this was the movie where he trained the hardest.
4. Recorded as the widest R-rated movie release in cinema history, opening at 4,071 theaters in the US.
5. Sabretooth, Logan’s half mutant brother was initially set to appear in this movie but never happened.
6. This is the 10th X-Men Franchise film.
7. Stephen Merchant would be the second actor to play Caliban. This is after Tómas Lemarquis’ portrayal in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
8. Hugh Jackman took a salary cut due to the fact that he wanted this movie to be R-rated.
9. In an interview, Hugh mentioned that he would be interested in reprising the role only if it is a crossover between Wolverine and Deadpool.
10. The dinner table scene were purely improvised by Hugh and Sir Patrick. That scene was very heartwarming.
11. The coordinates in the movie leading to Eden (48.9770333, -102.155491) is a real one leading somewhere in North Dakota.
12. Setting aside all Laura’s screaming and yelling, she actually speaks after over two thirds of the movie.
13. You will only see Logan smile 3 times. You have to give the guy a credit. That was too difficult for him.
14. The samurai given to Logan in The Wolverine (2013) makes an appearance. It can be seen in the mill where Caliban, Logan and Xavier are hiding.
15. Sadly, there’s no post-credit scene. This just tells us that the series is really ending.
16. On the last scene, the mutant Bobby (Bryant Tardy) can be seen carrying a Wolverine action figure.
17. In the comic series “Old Man Logan”, it was Mysterio who tricked Logan into killing all X-men. In the movie however, it was Professor Xavier who killed 7 X-men through one of his seizures.
18. This would be the second time where Professor X is killed. The first one was in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
19. In the film The Wolverine (2013), Yukio had a premonition and tells Logan that he would die with his “heart in his hands”. On the last scene of the film, he died holding Laura’s hand.
20. At the end of the film, you’ll see Laura tilting the cross on Logan’s grave. There are actually 3 fan theories to this: 1. No one is returning to the grave. 2. When tilted, the cross forms the letter “X” which resembles the X-Men. 3. Could possibly symbolize or suggest that Logan did not have faith in God. You be the judge!
Hugh and Sir Patrick might be saying goodbye but we can’t wait to see more of Laura Kinney or better known as X-23, played by Dafne Keen!
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