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Is Hugh Jackman Really Done Playing Wolverine?

January 9, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

It’s pretty obvious Ryan Reynolds loves Deadpool. His passion comes through in interviews and during the marketing of the Deadpool movie, he was its biggest cheerleader.

It makes sense he wants to capitalize on the major success of the film and that means to look for ways to branch out and take the franchise in new and creative places.

Like a movie with Wolverine.

Reynolds hasn’t made it a secret that he’s intent on getting Hugh Jackman back as Wolverine for one last team-up film with Deadpool. During a interview with Variety, Reynolds said that he’s hoping to play the character for a long time and said he has an idea for a team-up between the two X-Men. “I would love to play Deadpool for as long as they would let me play Deadpool,” Reynolds said. “We have outlines and stories for a number of different films.”

Reynolds added, “I have no idea if I can change his mind. It’s the audience: I would exclusively exploit that relationship to get Hugh back for another one.”

What’s Jackman’s thoughts in all this? Variety sat down with Hugh, who made it clear he was a fan of Deadpool. Check out some of the highlights:

On first meeting Ryan Reynolds when he played Wade Wilson in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine: “Yeah, that’s where we became mates. He was about to get married to Scarlett [Johansson] at the time, and I was friends with Scarlett. It was like, “Hey dude, I’m checking you out…He wasn’t in the Deadpool costume in my movie. He was laying the groundwork. He came down to Australia. It was the writer’s strike, so we couldn’t have a writer. Literally, the script would say things like, “Deadpool comes in, talking a mile a minute, very funny.” Uh, where’s the dialogue? We’d say: “Yeah man, do whatever you can.””

Jackman’s thoughts of Deadpool: “A couple things I knew about. I had to sign a waiver for my People magazine cover. The bit at the end with him kissing my face, I had no idea. I saw it with my son and about 15 of his mates. I never laughed so hard from the opening titles right through.”

On doing a spinoff Wolverine movie with Deadpool: “I’m hesitating, because I could totally see how that’s the perfect fit. But the timing may be wrong. I’m at the point where I’m finishing up. In terms of a theory, it’s a great idea.”

Hesitating. It’s not a huge endorsement but it’s not a straight out refusal.

Like Reynolds, Jackman has made his mark with Wolverine and has been passionate about giving fans what they want. While Logan looks to be his swan song with the character, something says he would come back to Wolverine if the right script came along. And the right price.

Do you think Jackman is done with Wolverine? Should he do a Deadpool team-up?

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Hugh Jackman, Logan, Steve Gustafson