Fans are still reeling at the fact that they’ll finally see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine opposite Hugh’s real-life pal Ryan Reynolds‘ Deadpool in the upcoming third adventure of the snarky mercenary.
In a chat with Deadline, Jackman recalls the moment he decided to finally pick the claws back up following his 2017 Oscar-nominated swansong Logan.
Jackman recalls, “Well, I was 20 minutes into watching Deadpool and I had just announced, literally, a few weeks before that Logan was going to be my last, which I fully intended. And then I was like, ‘Uh-oh.'”
Hugh explains some of his decision may have stemmed from a “hangover” from his intense character Florian in the acclaimed drama The Son. The Tony winner explains, “I was just driving out to the beach. It was mid-August, I had…my first week off in eight, nine months, 10 months [from The Music Man on Broadway]. And it came to me like, ‘I really want to do that.’ And that was it.”
He adds, “As soon as I arrived at the beach, I rang Ryan just to see what the hell was going on. And then here we are. It was so quick.”
Jackman jests, “And trust me, there’s not a morning I don’t wake up where Ryan Reynolds is outside my house with posters saying, ‘Please.’ He’s constantly asking me about it. And I was like, ‘Dude, I’m done. I’m done, I’m done, I’m done, I’m done, I’m done.'”
“So then when he rang me [back], he was like, ‘Are you serious?’…,” Jackman adds, “I’m a terrible poker player. All this time I was saying I was done, I really meant it. But…somewhere deep down, this idea was obviously lurking and brewing.”
Deadpool 3, both heroes’ first foray into the MCU, hits theaters November 8, 2024.
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