Hugh Jackman was the perfect Wolverine to me, and while you may not agree, there is no denying that the man put his heart and soul into the role. To think that he almost never got the chance to play Logan is crazy to me. It just goes to show that when destiny calls, you need to answer. I think we can all agree that his best work as the character was in the last film he played him, Logan. Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold got to tell a wonderful story for his swan song. In a new episode of Variety's Actors on Actors with Anne Hathaway, he discussed filming his death scene and saying goodbye to Wolverine after 19 years. It turns out; it was a spur of the moment in a way.
Mangold Urged Hugh Jackman To Live In The Moment
"Yeah, there were so many crossovers by the end, because I'd played it for so long," Hugh Jackman explained. "I knew it was going to be my last one way before we wrote it. I made that decision. There was a weight of expectation that I'd been carrying. I was super invested. I felt so in it. I was working with a director that I worked with three times before, who I trust implicitly, Jim Mangold. I remember when we shot that scene, we were shooting very high altitude, and there were thunderstorms going off everywhere, and we had to shut down. He just said: 'We can't do this big stunt scene. But we're just going to do the death scene.' I'm like, 'Like, now?' He goes, 'I'm just going to have you and Dafne [Keen], and if you could just do that.' I'm like, 'All right.' He knew that's best for me."
"We got there, and we're shooting the scene," he continued. "Dafne was 11. She was fantastic. We shot Dafne, and she turned around in two takes, and he goes, 'Let's just kick out. Let's do another.' I said, 'You sure? I feel like,' and he goes, 'Man, let's just stop the clocks. Let's not worry about everything. This is the end of 19 years. Sit in it for half an hour.' And he rolled the cameras. Him just allowing me that moment — because I'm like you: I'm aware of everything. Him just allowing me to just kind of, not just as an actor but as Hugh, to remember that moment. It was a luxury that I'll never forget."
It is crazy to me that they just decided to film that scene randomly. When sitting in the theater, you would have never known. It is a testament to Hugh Jackman and the rest of the crew that they can always be ready like that, no matter what the scene is or what the shoot calls for. While I wish we could have seen Hugh's Logan mix it up in the MCU, I also don't want this moment cheapened, especially now knowing the story behind it.