The biggest shocker to come out of The Wolverine trailer released yesterday in both a domestic (/the-wolverine-trailer/CLICK HERE) and a longer international version (/the-wolverine-international-trailer-with-40-seconds-of-new-footage/CLICK HERE) was the reveal of Famke Janssen's return as Jean Grey. While some think its too much of a spoiler this early out, Hugh Jackman sat with MTV to discuss this important moment in the film.
"There's no doubt that the most important relationship in his life is, we've seen through the movies...Is his relationship with Jean Grey. Yes, we saw her die at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand, but in this movie, she has a presence, which I think is vital to the movie, particularly for him confronting the most difficult thing within himself.
The movie takes place, for those following the X-Men saga, after X-Men: The Last Stand. At the beginning of our movie, we catch [Logan] post Jean Grey, post Professor X, post all of these disasters that have happened, and he wants none of it anymore. He realizes that he is part of the problem. Somehow, when he gets involved, things don't go as planned and bad things happen. So, he is away from it. He has divorced himself from the world. He is like a hermit, and he is trying to get rid of the whole idea of Wolverine and everything he has represented. And just be Logan, whatever that means.'
The actor continued, offering more in-depth details about the dying Japanese man that Logan confronts at the beginning of the trailer.
"Wolverine has known this man for sixty years, so he was involved with him, you see that in the trailer, in World War 2 and he saved his live there. Now, sixty years later, he is in a way the King of Japan in a business sense. He's a leader, and not well at the beginning of that movie. He wants to make good on the past and reconnect with the man that saved his life sixty years ago."
"Viper? Badass! For someone who plays Wolverine, she is pretty badass. She's not your girl next door. You're going to end up kind of loving every minute she has on screen. There are so many actors in this film that people aren't going to know. Which is exciting. It's tempting to fill parts with people we know. Yet, what I think is great about the story is, you have Wolverine going into a world that he knows nothing about. I think the audience is going to feel the same way. You are not going to know who is who or what they represent. Are they good or bad? Trust me, you are not going to know until the last frame of the movie."
One of the many complaints about the trailer has been the CGI bullet train sequence. Hugh Jackman also commented on this moment in the film.
"It is insane. It was insane to shoot it. It was, again, one of those brilliant ideas. One of the most emblematic things about Japan is the bullet train. I can't go on the bullet train without any incident. It was hairy, shooting that stuff. To re-create what that is like, the kind of winds at 300 miles per hour, let me just say, looking back at some of the footage, I thought, 'It's time for a facelift.' "
Finally, the actor spoke about not only his passion for this particular one-off adventure, but also the fans, saying he's wanted to tell this story since the debut of the original X-Men in 2000.
"It's dear to their hearts. It's one of the most intriguing, interesting, and actually one of the most dominant parts of the comic book lore, Wolverine in Japan or the Japanese Saga or the Samurai Saga, it's been called. I think it is, from the very first X-Men movie I did in 1999, I saw this comic book and I remember saying to Lauren Shuler Donner, our producer, 'This is a great movie.'"
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