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'Wolverine' Will Find Logan "More Desperate & Lower Than Ever Before" & More From Hugh Jackman & James Mangold's Chat

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist October 30, 2012 at 9:16AM

"It's 100 percent undiluted Wolverine," director James Mangold (the very underrated "3:10 To Yuma") said in yesterday's Live Chat about 20th Century Fox's "The Wolverine." An interesting, surprisingly informative and thoughtful conversation between Mangold and his star Hugh Jackman, while the duo were in part-salesman mode -- letting the geek constituents hear what they wanted to hear -- the hopeful point of the discussion seemed to be selling fans on everything "The Wolverine" isn't.
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"It's 100 percent undiluted Wolverine," director James Mangold (the very underrated "3:10 To Yuma") said in yesterday's Live Chat about 20th Century Fox's "The Wolverine." An interesting, surprisingly informative and thoughtful conversation between Mangold and his star Hugh Jackman, while the duo were in part-salesman mode -- letting the geek constituents hear what they wanted to hear -- the hopeful point of the discussion seemed to be selling fans on everything "The Wolverine" isn't.

And what's that exactly? From the sounds of it, a dark character piece that seems to dial back the super heroics and tell a potentially more soulful story about a man faced with the burden of his immortality, who begins the film at his lowest point ever. Yes, fans are well aware that "The Wolverine" is based on the celebrated 1982 limited comic series set in Japan, written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Frank Miller, and they've surely all read it. But Mangold and Jackman seemed to walk a fine line of assuring fans it would be action-packed while also being less of the typical superhero film, aiming for something perhaps closer to the anti-hero seen in some of those comics.

Mangold confirmed recent reports that "The Wolverine" is not a prequel and takes place after the "X-Men" films we've seen thus far, specifically because everything that is dearest to the character is lost, including Professor X and Wolverine's love Jean Grey. "The X-Men" are gone, Jean Grey is gone, a lot of his ties to the world are gone," he said. "Almost every intimate connection to the world is either gone or broken." 

And, fortunately, this is a movie that looks forward and not back. “Enough with the 'What is my past? 'Who am I?' questions," Jackman said about the film's new direction. "We've explored that, it's more like the future. 'How do I live with myself? How do I live with all the knowledge I have and [every thing that's] happened?'"

"More than ever we've explored this war within himself that is so endemic to this character and why people have loved the comic book character. We explore the burden of his immortality. And he's finding it tough to find a reason to live, and that essential battle goes with him throughout the movie," Jackman promised. "The whole movie feels really different and really fresh. I know audiences are going to be surprised by it, but they're going to dig it."  Here's six things we learned from yesterday's Live Chat.

1. "The Wolverine" is set after "X-Men: The Last Stand" for a specific reason: to heighten Logan's emotional state and place him in the darkest psychic condition audiences have ever seen.
"Logan comes into it, very much the tragic hero. Everybody that's meant anything to him is gone, a lot of which he blames on himself," Jackman said about the guilt the character will carry. "The movie's called 'The Wolverine' and what we talked about was we really wanted this movie, better than ever before, to to encapsulate that character." Jackman suggested this meant pushing himself even more. "It's meant in every way, physically, emotionally, I had to go further. You have to see him lower, more desperate, more at stake then ever before."

2. Wolverine's rage is going to be more pronounced than ever before. And don't expect a lot of humor.
"And more rage," Mangold underscored about how Logan's character will evolve. "I think the other thing that I wanted to see, for those that of us that are fans of the comics, one of the aspects that is so huge in Logan's character is his rage. His anger. For me there was a lot of thinking and research about how to find that, tap into it. The simmering rage, the bezerker rage, we explore anger in all its forms."

"There are mutants with stronger powers, but his ultimate weapon is his rage," Jackman explained, noting it wasn't the claws or the healing, but the volatility that mades the character so powerful. "Who's the least person you least want to annoy? Wolverine. And that's what makes him badass, that's what makes him cool and that's the thing we're trying to key in on."

Mangold suggested a film that also won't have a lot of comic-book-y quips and will be presented in a serious fashion. "My goal is to bring the integrity of a straight drama, with the acting and the intention of the conflict, where it doesn't feel tongue in cheek, where it feels really committed and real."

3. Mangold said getting inside the essence of the Wolverine character was easier in this film because he didn't have to worry about other X-Men that also need screentime. 
[Clint Eastwood's] "The Outlaw Josey Wales" is something I thought about a lot as I set out to make this movie," he said echoing comments he made earlier this year. "That's a film in which Clint Eastwood watches his wife and children murdered in the first three minutes. And the reason why I kept thinking about it is how neatly and concisely the set-up of that film set Clint off on a journey that was built on loss and rage. Not just depression and disillusionment, but a kind of quest for some kind of revenge. That aspect of darkness was an integral part of the Marvel legacy. And  It's easier to develop when you're not dealing with a team or a squad, you can really get into Logan's shoes."

"I have to admit. From 'X-men' one, my secret dream was to always shoot this particular arc of the Logan story," Jackman said. 

This article is related to: The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman, James Mangold


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