Hugh Jackman discusses returning to Comic-Con
This publicity photo released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine in a scene from the film, "The Wolverine." The film opens July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox, Ben Rothstein)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hugh Jackman is ready to sink his claws into Comic-Con again.
The 44-year-old actor is returning to San Diego this week for the 44th annual Comic-Con International pop-culture convention to hype "The Wolverine," his Japan-set "X-Men" spin-off opening July 25 that marks the actor's sixth time playing the iconic comic book character that catapulted him to stardom in 2000.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, the versatile "Les Miserables" star talked about returning to Comic-Con to face fans enraged by 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," teaming up with the original "X-Men" cast for the upcoming time-bending sequel "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and getting naked again as Wolverine on the big screen:
AP: It took four years for "The Wolverine" to come to fruition. How do you feel about finally being able to show it off at Comic-Con?
Jackman: I love it. I love the title. It was actually (former director) Darren Aronofsky's idea, but it's one we — including the studio — stuck with because it sends a signal that we're not making a movie that's loaded with a lot of other mutants. You're actually gonna get to know this one. I think it's time. This story is one of the greatest, and that's the reason it's one of the fan favorites.
AP: As much as fans can be passionate at Comic-Con, they can also be equally critical. They didn't love "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." How do you feel about hearing from them this week?
Jackman: I'm never afraid of that. I think the fans know I'm so grateful and very blessed to play the part. I love them. We try our hardest to get everything right, and I'm happy to hear from them. I learn from them. One of the main things I hear from fans all the time is we don't see enough of the berserker rage, and I really took that to heart because, to me, that is one of the key things I love about Logan.
FILE - In this July 24, 2008 file photo, actor Hugh Jackman attends the Comic-Con 2008 convention in San Diego. Attending Comic-Con is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many con-goers, but it's just another summertime destination for the likes of "The Wolverine" star Jackman, geeky funnyman Patton Oswalt and “The Amazing Spider-Man” sequel writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, file)
AP: For everything that's different about this Wolverine film, there's once again a scene that finds Logan naked in a giant tub, even though the circumstances this time are very different from past "X-Men" movies. Is this something you're stipulating in your contract now?