At the turn of the 21st century, not many people knew who Hugh Jackman was, but a star-making turn in Bryan Singer’s original X-Men in 2000 launched the Australian thespian’s career. Jackman has since become one of the most recognizable actors of his time, scoring roles in acclaimed films such as The Prestige and Les Misérables (for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar).
Still, his most iconic role is that of Wolverine in the X-Men franchise. Counting his brief cameo in 2011’s X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine will mark the sixth time Jackman has portrayed the mutant, making him synonymous with the character. It’s hard to see anyone else playing the part (at least for now).
What makes Jackman such a great Wolverine (aside from his natural acting talent) is his enthusiasm for the material. It’s obvious from his interview clips and quotes that he loves the character and the franchise. He understands how much the movies mean to the fans and he wants to give all of them a product they can enjoy. Franchise fatigue has yet to set in - and Jackman is set to play the character once more in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Eager to right past wrongs, fans have reason to think this movie will be a return to form if the star is so excited about it.