How Jerry Seinfeld made Hugh Jackman decide to quit playing Wolverine

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Jun 10, 2015

Not too long ago, Hugh Jackman revealed that Wolverine 3 would be the last time he would be playing the Adamantium-clawed mutant. And although he’s opened up a bit on the reasons behind his decision to stop playing the Canadian mutant a few times before, the true story behind his decision to leave the role that made him a big Hollywood star finally came out of the bag.

During his recent appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael, Hugh Jackman spilled the beans on the reasons why he was hanging up his claws after 17 years in the role. And it has to do with his pal, comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

"I was having a chat with [Seinfeld] about a year ago, at his birthday, and he was talking about why he finished [Seinfeld]," explained Jackman. "He said he'd always had this feeling and belief that you never know when either your energy or the audience's energy is going to dip over into people [saying] 'Oh, please go.'"

Even though it’s been almost two decades, the Australian actor still loves playing Wolverine. But after listening to the comedian, Jackman knew it was time to leave the role of the beloved X-Man behind:

"It's the greatest feeling," he said of knowing that he has one final movie to go. "I'm more excited about this movie than ever before, and I just know in my gut it's the right thing. Hopefully in five years, I'm not coming back here going, 'Why did I do that?'"

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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