Fan-favorite Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman says he'd be perfectly willing to play the role in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film - but only if it had been made "seven years ago."
"If seven years ago that had happened I’d be like, 'Oh yeah!' but I knew it was the right time for me to leave the party—not just for me, but for the character," Jackman told the Daily Beast about his ongoing retirement from playing Wolverine. "Somebody else will pick it up and run with it. It’s too good of a character not to."
"It’s kind of like, you’re on your way home and your friend rings you and goes, Oh, dude, a new DJ just came on and the music is awesome, are you going to come back?" Jackman quipped, explaining why he won't return for as Wolverine any time soon. "And you say, Sounds good but… no. They’re fine with someone else."
Jackman last played Wolverine in 2017's Logan, in which his version of the character died in a dystopian future adventure. Logan marked Jackman's eighth appearance as Wolverine, starting with 2000's X-Men - now celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Interestingly, Jackman didn't even think he'd get the part when he was cast - actor Dougray Scott was originally cast as Wolverine, but bowed out due to conflicts with the filming of Mission: Impossible 2.
"That’s absolutely right, this July will be the 20th year in release. That’s crazy. But I had no idea about any of that. I did a casting call that thousands of people did around the world, and believe I was put in the mix early on. Dougray Scott got the part...But I actually got the part nine months after I’d first auditioned for it," Jackman stated. "I only went back and auditioned again after Dougray got caught up on Mission: Impossible 2, so I had no idea who was going for it nor did I expect to get it. My final screen test, I remember going and my agent going, Hey, this is going to be great because the head of the studio is going to see it. That’s why I thought I was doing it! I never thought I was getting the part. I had no idea it was going to happen."