Age is something that rarely matters when it comes to the entertainment industry. From the use of special-grade prosthetics, industry-leading cosmetics, and the best CGI the world has to offer, it’s not hard for anyone to look like they are in their 30s or 80s. But what goes to show your age is your physical capabilities and limits that come with age. No matter how much you want to do something, if you are not able to do it, then it’s better to take precautions during your roles, or at least, that’s what is advised in the industry.
But sometimes, actors forget they are only human, especially when your play a character that is quite literally, invincible in every way.
This situation is something Hugh Jackman remembers all too well. During a shoot of his film The Wolverine a couple of years back, he was literally scolded by his wife to take a backseat with aggressive action scenes because he was getting old for all of it.
The Time Hugh Jackman Was Scolded By His Wife
During an interview with BBC Radio 1, Hugh Jackman was discussing his journey of playing the OG mutant from Marvel Comics in the entertainment industry. Starting from the 2000s as the adamantine-clawed superhuman to making his last appearance as the Wolverine in 2017’s Logan, Jackman talked about all the memories that he had created during his decade of playing the character. When it came to his shooting for The Wolverine in Japan, he remembered one incident that made him realize that he was actually himself rather than his on-screen persona.
During the shoot of one of the most iconic scenes in the film where he literally fights a horde of enemies on top of a bullet train going full speed, Hugh Jackman remembers that he was hurt on his head by getting caught up in the wrong position during the scene. Thus, he was sent home early for a check-up for any major injury that might’ve incurred. When his wife Deborra Lee Furness came to know why he had got home early, Jackman meekly told her what happened, and she did not take the news lightly.
“When I get flung out (from the bullet train) and I am holding on to the edge, i get my head caught up in the wrong way. It was one of those days when I got sent home early and had to go early the next day to get my head checked for concussions and all that. I get home and my wife’s like ‘Hi, why you home so early’ and I said ‘We finished early’ and she goes ‘Did someone get hurt?’ and I went ‘I hurt myself, I am sorry.’ ‘Why don’t you use your double, you’re old, you’re not Wolverine'”
Well, that time might’ve long passed, but it seems like it will be a short time before we see Hugh Jackman engaging with his claws once again in the upcoming Deadpool 3 alongside Ryan Reynolds.
Hugh Jackman Will Return As Wolverine In Deadpool 3!
With Hugh Jackman all set to return as Wolverine in the MCU along with Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, it’s only a matter of time before Jackman has to get right in the midst of all the gory and hardcore action once again. With Jackman now at the age of 54, it becomes a little concerning for him to take physical endurance seriously, and becomes important for him to take it slow with the action.
Guess his wife will be on edge during the entire shoot of the film.
Deadpool 3. in cinemas on 8th November 2024
Source: BBC Radio 1