Modi looks like he’s hav­ing fun: Jack­man

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He is known for his role as the mu­tant hero in the film, Wolver­ine. But in In­dia, Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Hugh Jack­man is also known as the face of an elec­tron­ics brand, and as the star who shared the stage with PM Naren­dra Modi at a func­tion in New York, last year. The 46-year-old spoke to us about his In­dia con­nect and more, in a tele­phonic in­ter­view. Ex­cerpts... You seem to have a spe­cial con­nec­tion with In­dia. How would you de­fine it? I’m fas­ci­nated by the coun­try. I am in­trigued by In­dia’s history and cul­ture. I find In­dia in­spir­ing and ex­cit­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, I have been there for just five days. I would love to be back in In­dia to spend more time. Last year you met PM Modi in New York. What was it like? I heard his speech and fig­ured that peo­ple loved him. I liked his style and thought the com­mit­ments he made were ter­rific. He even quoted Star Wars in his speech and I thought that was cool. He looks like some­one who is en­joy­ing him­self. He seems to be hav­ing fun. You are a Sachin Ten­dulkar fan. What do you think makes him such an iconic name? Ten­dulkar, like Don Brad­man, has been the great­est player that the game has seen. It’s that sense of be­ing a gen­tle­man at all times that makes him who he is. I am inspired by Sachin in many ways.

Inspired in what sense? I was told a story by an Aus­tralian player who played with him dur­ing IPL. One day they got into the team bus af­ter a match, and there was a huge crowd cheer­ing their names, es­pe­cially Sachin’s. So, this player, just closed Sachin’s cur­tain in a ges­ture to say, ‘I’ll give you a break’, and blocked out the fans. Sachin pulled the cur­tain back and waved at the crowd. He then turned around and told him, ‘Never for­get that we are here be­cause of them (fans).’ That inspires me.

Ac­tor Hugh Jack­man (right) has been play­ing the role of Wolver­ine, aka Lo­gan, for over 15 years now. The 46-year-old has ap­peared in five X-Men movies and two stand­alone movies as the fic­tional su­per­hero and is slated to make his fi­nal ap­pear­ance, in the third in­stall­ment of the Wolver­ine fran­chise.

In a re­cent in­ter­view, Jack­man, who will soon be seen in a film ti­tled Pan, said that he would like to see Bri­tish ac­tor Tom Hardy re­plac­ing him as the next Wolver­ine.

When we asked him the rea­son for his choice, Jack­man ex­plained that he would like the cast­ing di­rec­tors to choose a younger Wolver­ine. “It’s not in my hands to de­cide who they cast next. Tom Hardy was just the first name that came to my mind, when I was asked the ques­tion. But, hav­ing said that, it will def­i­nitely be in­ter­est­ing to see who will be­come the next Wolver­ine, if they de­cide to con­tinue with this story,” he said, adding, “I al­ways thought that if some­one was to cast another ac­tor as Wolver­ine, they should look for a younger Wolver­ine, you know. I was 31 years old when I was cast in the role for the first time, so it will be in­ter­est­ing to ex­plore Wolver­ine in his 20s.”

Jack­man adds that get­ting over the role will not be dif­fi­cult for him. “I am not that type of a guy who will say, ‘Oh only I should have played this char­ac­ter’,” he says.

I was 31 when I was cast in the role for the first time, so it will be in­ter­est­ing to ex­plore a Wolver­ine in his 20s Hugh Jack­man, ac­tor

PHOTO: VI­JAY VERMA/PTI

Jack­man with Prime Min­is­ter Modi in New York last year

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