Hugh Jackman’s Tells Us About Going Berserk For ‘The Wolverine’
Hugh Jackman in 20th Century Fox's 'The Wolverine'.
Are you ready to see Hugh Jackman back in the super-heroic, butt-kicking role that put him on the map?
“The Wolverine” finally hits theaters today and if you’re on the fence about checking out this crowd and critic-pleaser, Yahoo! Movies sat down with the film’s stars and director to have them highlight a few of the film’s more intriguing elements (berserker rage! Sword fights! Jean Grey mind trickery!), which should get you extra psyched to see it.
First, Wolverine isn’t just angry or agitated at this point in his long life, or after four movies (five if you consider his hilarious cameo in "X-Men: First Class"), he’s dangerously disturbed and suffering from heavy emotional baggage that often triggers his “berserker rage.”
“It’s not just angry, there’s a thing in the comic books 'berserker rage,' it comes from the Viking term of when they would go into battle they would whip themselves into a frenzy where they were fearless and formidable and almost unbeatable,” Jackman explained. “I love this quality because Wolverine on paper doesn’t have the greatest powers of any mutant and yet he’s always the most feared, the most formidable, and he’s the one person you don’t want to piss off.”
Getting inside Wolverine's head was at the top of director James Mangold’s to do list. And what better way to do that than by using the one person who got closest to him emotionally: Jean Grey (Famke Janssen).
“I wanted to try and get behind the anger, not just have it be an attitude or exterior,” Mangold said. “When you don’t have six other X-Men [in the film], we have the time to get inside him.”
“Where we find him at the lowest point in his life and exploring this interesting idea that someone who can live forever, what’s the cost?” added Jackman. “What’s it like when everyone you know and love has come and gone? You’re left with a lot of pain and the person who meant the most to him and died in the most tragic way is Jean.”
Janssen’s Jean Grey has a sizable amount of screen time despite the fact that her character isn’t technically living anymore (or is she?). Janssen was only on set for one week, but the film still shows us a a softer side of the superhuman, albeit with an air of mystery.