‘I was a fearful kid who felt powerless’: Hugh Jackman Says Wolverine Role Saved Him as His Mom Abandoned Him When He Was 8, Turned Him into a Delinquent

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There is hardly anyone not accustomed to the name Hugh Jackman. The 54 years old actor is widely recognized for his role as Logan aka Wolverine. Jackman’s Wolverine is considered one of the best casting decisions ever. He was one of the prime reasons for the success of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise. But the actor had to struggle a lot to find his way to success. He had a tough time when his mom abandoned him and cited acting as one of the main motivations of his life.

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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman started playing the adamantium-clawed superhero in Bryan Singer’s X-Men released in 2000. From then on, he continued to play the role for an extended period of 17 years till Logan came out in 2017. Wolverine’s role is considered a major catalyst in the Real Steel actor’s career.

Hugh Jackman’s life hasn’t been a smooth joyride

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Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

According to The Wolverine actor, he had a long and difficult childhood after his mom left him with his brothers and father when he was 8. Over various interviews, the actor revealed how his life had been miserable then. Following the incident, there was a lot of anger in him. Every day after his mom left, he along with his father kneeled and prayed to God for her return. But his mother left for England with his two sisters and didn’t return.


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Hugh Jackman’s parents Grace and Christopher eventually got separated, as a result of which the family problems became too difficult for young Jackman to endure.


Although the Australian actor described his father to be very good and supportive, still the absence of his mother troubled him a lot. He stated in an interview about his condition then:

“From the moment Mum left, I was a fearful kid who felt powerless”

Young Hugh Jackman was filled with a lot of rage after this. He often found himself behaving badly and engaging in all kinds of fights in his school. He tried a lot of things to control his rage until one day he found bliss and peace on a theater stage. The Prestige actor revealed that he found peace in acting and a way to let go of all his anger.

“Through acting, I’m able to find a level of bliss and peace and calm and joy. And it feels natural.”

After having a splendid performance in Australian TV series, the actor made an electrifying debut in 1999 Erskineville Kings. Since then he never had to look back on life after the success of his movies, and he went on to become a fan favorite as Wolverine. Jackman also reconciled with his mother following a long gap and presently shares a lovely bond with her.

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Hugh Jackman with his mom

Presently married to Deborra-Lee Furness, the Van Helsing actor recently stormed the Internet when he announced that he is returning to the shoes of Logan in the upcoming installment of Deadpool.

Also Read: “I wanted to scream but couldn’t”: Hugh Jackman Was So Primal and Focused To Play Wolverine He Would Take Ice Cold Shower in Agonizingly Freezing Toronto Winters To ‘Get p*ssed off’, Get into Character

Hugh Jackman’s highly anticipated return

As the fans were already excited about the upcoming Ryan Reynolds movie Deadpool 3, the makers dropped a bomb by announcing that Hugh Jackman is going to return to his iconic role.

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Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman announced Logan’s return in Deadpool 3

Even though Jackman had repeatedly stated earlier that Logan would be his final appearance as Wolverine, the actor is set to return once again in MCU’s Deadpool 3.

Also Read: Hugh Jackman Reportedly Acting as Bait For Deadpool 3 to Introduce MCU’s Real X-Men as Marvel Plans More Red Herrings Like Evan Peters’ Quicksilver

As of now, there are no details about the upcoming project but only theories and rumors. Various of them suggest that the upcoming project may revolve around time travel and might also involve the TVA. On the other hand, Reynolds revealed that even the title of the movie can also change further as Wolverine might not like it. Further confirmed updates can only be given after more details are revealed by credible sources.


Deadpool 3 is set to hit theaters on November 8, 2024.

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Written by Subham Mandal

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Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 1000 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.