Claws for joy
HUGH Jackman is cutting back on his movie stunts after a terrifying accident on the set of his new superhero blockbuster The Wolverine. The Australian feared he had broken his neck during a daring scene in which his character swings out of a train carriage.
Jackman’s injuries weren’t severe, but the incident was enough to scare his wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness, who made him reassess the amount of dangerous work he does on set in future.
‘‘In the film, there’s a scene where I swing from inside to outside a train and my neck got caught. I thought I had broken it.
‘‘It was one of those moments when my wife looked at me and said, ‘What are you doing? Enough playing in the schoolyard! You are not invincible!’.’’
Jackman is now smarter about using a stunt double.
He also reveals Robert Downey Jr reached out to him for diet tips after landing the lead role in Iron Man.
‘‘He knew I wasn’t in shape before it (Wolverine), so there’s a little bit of that (sharing that goes on between actors).’’
Jackman says he’d love Wolverine to fight alongside Iron Man and SpiderMan in a mega-superhero film.
‘‘I literally asked the same question the other day to Tom from Marvel who works with all the other studios, he works with Sony and Fox, that’s his job to liaise,’’ he tells industry website collider.com.
‘‘I said, ‘Man, can this happen?’ and he goes ‘Look, it’s not gonna be easy because you’re working with different studios and they’re their properties’. But I believe maybe . . . at some point I just find it almost impossible that there’s not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters, Spider-Man, and somehow get them in together.’’
Despite the obvious rights issues of bringing all the Marvel superheroes – which are owned by Sony, Fox and Disney – together in one film, Jackman was quick to come up with a solution.
‘‘I don’t see the impediment! I’m like, okay you’ve got three studios, just split it three ways in terms of the cost, and happy days it’s all coming together!
‘‘I would love to . . . I’min for it, I’m totally up for it because I think that would be really exciting for fans across the board,’’ Jackman says.
Currently studios are limited as to which characters they can use in the films due to rights ownership.
Fox has X-Men and Fantastic Four, Sony has Spider-Man, and Marvel (bought by Disney in 2009) has Iron Man, Thor and Captain America.
The Wolverine opens on July 25.
Hugh Jackman eases off danger for his latest turn as the mutant Wolverine