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Hugh Jackman Hypes Up Working with Aronofsky on 'Wolverine'

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December 7, 2010
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Darren Aronofsky / Hugh Jackman Wolverine

First, congrats to Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan for a fantastic opening weekend. For as much discussion as there's been surrounding Aronofsky's take on The Wolverine, one person we haven't heard much from is Hugh Jackman. However, Entertainment Weekly finally caught up with the actor/singer, who spoke in detail about some of the prep he's doing and how excited he is to work with Darren. He's also been asked to gain 25 lbs of muscle, "which is more than I ever have for the role" he says, so he actually called up Dwayne Johnson for advice. "I rang him up and was like, Okay, tell me what's going on." More of his quotes below!

When asked about Aronofsky, Jackman gushed (which is pretty much what we do, too): "I love every one of his movies," he says. "He's a visionary. I've been trying to get Darren since X-Men 3, really. We've been talking about this and Wolverine for so long." The two recently had a casual meeting, but Jackman says his ideas lit him up. "He just ran a few ideas by me and my eyes just lit up, because already I think this is like a whole new ballgame - just the ideas, the level of depth, and intelligence and creativity. I think he's been waiting so long to do a movie in this genre. When he found the script, he said this is it. It's really exciting."

I don't think I need to explain why I'm actually pretty damn excited for The Wolverine, despite coming off of a rather poor Wolverine prequel. Whenever you bring that up to Darren, he replies "what other movie?" like it doesn't exist. That's the way it should be - this is a standalone movie and Darren's take on it is going to be unique, unlike any superhero movie we've seen before. I know this is just blatant hype, but I'm excited. And of course, make sure you go see Black Swan in limited release, and expanding wide release for Christmas!

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Reader Feedback - 21 Comments

1

Amazing! Hugh and Darren for a wolverine movie! It Will be awesome:)

dee on Dec 7, 2010

2

aronofsky wont disappoint

Yekim on Dec 7, 2010

3

Aronofsky is the man. Now I'm hearing a potential Best Director nod (for black swan) at the oscars. The man deserves.

Al on Dec 7, 2010

4

does this mean the rock might get a cameo in the movie?

Spider94 on Dec 7, 2010

5

ASS. TO. ASS. (translation: awesome) Bring back KronosQ for a super-emotional score and send Nolan weeping to Snyder while the gauntlet is being passed.

Voice of Reason on Dec 7, 2010

6

My all time Favorite movie: The Fountain which was directed by Aronofsky and starred Hugh Jackman Now with Wolverine, my all time favorite Comic book hero, I am getting BOTH Aronofsky AND Hugh Jackman? Words can not even begin to help me express my happiness right now. I feel like a 5 yearold in a Candy store!

Wokkiee on Dec 7, 2010

7

I didn't think I could be any more excited. Jackman's enthusiasm is so infectious! This will rule!!

Garrett on Dec 7, 2010

8

i dont think that we'll be disappointed. cant wait.

KING on Dec 7, 2010

9

until DeadPool comes out...i don't care............

Jericho on Dec 7, 2010

10

@5 Clint Mansell created the score for the Fountain with Kronos Quartet & Mogwai (as well as on Requiem). One of the greatest scores ever.

Pat on Dec 7, 2010

11

I can't wait to see this.

Xerxex on Dec 7, 2010

12

I'm super excited for this movie....Aronofsky is without a doubt one of the most creative directors of the past ten years....and i love that there making it a standalone rather then linking it to "that other movie"

cmo on Dec 7, 2010

13

i hope its as good as he says

DaftPUNKFAN on Dec 8, 2010

14

I am hyped up.

Candy Castle on Dec 8, 2010

15

You had me at "he replies "what other movie?" like it doesn't exist."

Gex on Dec 8, 2010

16

The best kind of hype.

Cracky on Dec 8, 2010

17

I demand R rated Wolverine.

Syphous on Dec 8, 2010

18

cool

A5J4DX on Dec 8, 2010

19

I agree with #17

Cory on Dec 8, 2010

20

R rated Wolverine would be so so so sweet! But it will not happen.

Lance on Dec 9, 2010

21

if its not gonna be a hard R rated movie its gonna be just another failed attempt 🙁

Burak "Daequitas" on Dec 27, 2010

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