Claws for joy

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

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

Hugh Jack­man

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