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“Leave the party before it’s too late”: Jerry Seinfeld is the Reason Why Hugh Jackman Decided to Retire as Wolverine

"Leave the party before it's too late": Jerry Seinfeld is the Reason Why Hugh Jackman Decided to Retire as Wolverine

Hugh Jackman has been known around the world for portraying the role of Wolverine. With his Adamantium claws and the blood coursing through his veins, fans cannot imagine any other actor portraying the role.


Before his reprisal as Wolverine in Deadpool 3, Hugh Jackman announced his retirement from the role of Logan in the 2017 film Logan. In an interview, the actor revealed that it was Jerry Seinfeld who indirectly convinced Jackman to leave the role before it got too late!

Hugh Jackman in a still from X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Hugh Jackman in a still from X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Hugh Jackman Was Convinced By Jerry Seinfeld To Leave Wolverine

With 17 years in the iconic suit of Wolverine, Hugh Jackman appeared in the role back in 2000 in the movie X-Men. Carrying on his role, the actor reprised his role in almost every X-Men movie that was released later until he got exhausted.

Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld

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In Variety’s “Actors on Actors”, Hugh Jackman talked about his legacy with veteran actor Willem Dafoe and insinuated that Jerry Seinfeld became an indirect reason. During Variety’s chat, Jackman revealed that he had once asked Jerry Seinfeld why he chose to close down his show Seinfeld. The comedian’s reply changed Jackman’s mind regarding his own X-Men projects.

“He said, ‘I’ve always believed, you should never spend everything creatively because it’s almost herculean to start up again. You should always have something in the tank,’ Leave the party before it gets too late kind of theory.”

This made the actor retrospect his role as Wolverine and decide that he was going to end it all with the 2017 movie titled Logan. He quickly returned to the role, however, when Ryan Reynolds invited him to star in the actor’s upcoming Deadpool 3.

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Ryan Reynolds And Hugh Jackman Were Asked To Join Hands Way Before Deadpool 3

Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 3
Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 3

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James Mangold is the director of Logan and The Wolverine. Having worked extensively with Hugh Jackman, Mangold wanted Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman to join hands way before Disney took over Fox Studios. In an interview with ComicBook, the director stated that he would have liked a Wolverine-Deadpool buddy-cop traveling movie.

“A really fun ’48 Hours’ style buddy picture with those two. To me, that was always … We discussed this way back in the day, Ryan, Hugh, and I, and it was always this idea that you could do some kind of Walter Hill, gritty, or ‘Midnight Run.’ These two, somehow on a road trip together would be magical.”

Well, we aren’t sure whether Mangold would get his traveling movie or not. The production of Deadpool 3 is currently put on hold due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike. The film is slated for a release date of 3rd May 2024 in theaters across the U.S.


Source: Variety’s, ComicBook

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Visarg Acharya joined FandomWire in 2022 as a Content Writer. Along with a penchant for writing, Visarg claims that words are the only true language made for him. Currently pursuing his B.Sc in Physics, the combination of Physics and Marvel make up for an interesting talk. Visarg Acharya has authored over 500 articles and reads books in his spare time along with an occasional series to accompany him.