If we see a dozen more movies with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, we'll have this year's best picture, Birdman, to thank. In an interview with Cigar Aficionado, Jackman spoke from the perspective of watching Birdman as an actual actor with an iconic superhero role. And the movie may have struck much closer to home for him than for others.
Jackman told the magazine:
I said to my wife, 'The moral is that I should never stop playing Wolverine. I've got to find a way to keep playing him until I die.' I know that someday they'll recast the role with another actor…I'd be happy if the role was eventually recast. It would mean that it had become iconic.
While I guess that the message of Birdman could be that losing your superhero role leads to a descent into madness, culminating in an ambiguous end to your life and career, I don't think Michael Keaton would necessarily agree. Granted, he did agree to star in Birdman, so maybe he agrees a little.
Regardless, something about Birdman scared Hugh Jackman. Even if he might someday be okay with letting the role go to someone else. Someday. Someday far in the future.
[via E! Online]