The face of the Wolverine for the last 14 years admits he can't do it forever.
Hugh Jackman has been playing Logan for a long time. And despite the fact that the real Wolverine is a very short Canadian and Jackman is a ridiculously tall Australian, he has, nonetheless, become the face we imagine when we close our eyes and think of hairy, nigh-on-immortal Canucks.
But the sad truth is that Hugh Jackman is not immortal, and so there's only so much time we get to enjoy him as Wolverine. And Jackman knows it. In fact, he's a little surprised he's still around, given that there's already been a new cast with X-Men: First Class. On the subject of his inevitable departure, he said:
Look, that’s inevitable, man. Anyone who thinks they're indispensable in this business is fooling themselves. But I feel unbelievably blessed to have this part. I never thought in a million years I'd get to play him seven times. Every day I walk on the set with the claws and the hair, I thank my lucky stars. I don't take any of it for granted. To think that in a second version we'd have this cast and this director, and you guys don’t know the script, but I would say probably the best script of all of them, is pretty amazing. I think that's why I'm still here. I'm sure by the way, that it won't always be my decision to always be here. At some point, someone will close the door on me…
There's something almost hyper-self-aware about this statement. We know that there will be another Wolverine solo film, as well as X-Men Apocalypse in 2016. But will Jackman still have the adamantium claws after that? It seems like that might be the end of the road.
What do you think? How much longer should Jackman stick around ... and who out there would make a good Wolverine once he moves on?