Why Hugh Jackman felt lonely playing Wolverine in the first X-Men movie

Hugh Jackman recently described the feeling of loneliness he felt on set while playing Wolverine in the first X-Men film in 2000.

Hugh Jackman recently described the sense of loneliness he felt playing Wolverine in the first X-Men Movie. The first X-Men The film premiered in 2000, in which Jackman played the gruff, hairy-chested Logan, also known as Wolverine, a member of the X-Men best recognized by his indestructible adamantium claws protruding between his knuckles. That X-Men The franchise continues to this day, including a spin-off film logan that centers Jackman’s character.

before X-Menthe Australian-born actor started out in musical theater, his first role after graduating in 1995 was the role of Gaston in an Australian production of Beauty and the Beast. Since that role, Jackman has graced both stage and screen, winning two Tony Awards in the process and is currently nominated for his third Tony Award for his performance in the music man. Jackman also appeared in the 2012 film adaptation of the musical Les Miserables and starred in the original movie musical The greatest showman in 2017.

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Now in an interview with The New York TimesJackman reveals this during his rise to stardom while filming the first X-Men Film made him feel lonely in part because of his theatrical roots. He notices that because he came into the X-Men Film As a theater actor from Australia, whose name wasn’t very well known at the time, he felt that people on set didn’t come into contact with him until the studio agreed with him what he was doing on screen. He explains that having to get approval from the studio before getting approval from his peers saddened him, and he noted this during filming X-Men that a film set often fosters an atmosphere steeped in much more individualism than his stage production experience. A full quote from Jackman’s experiences filming the first X-Men Movie can be read below:

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There were times when I was doing the first X-Men, my first big American film, when I found it pretty lonely. I was mostly from the theater, and you could feel this “Mmm, it’s a bad smell” feeling. I don’t know exactly when things turned, but when the studio said they liked what I was doing, I could feel everyone coming to me. It made me sad. I realized that film is more individual, less of an ensemble. The theater lives from the feeling of the ensemble and has to have it, otherwise it will die. There’s just no way you can get through rehearsals or eight shows a week unless you have each other’s backs.

Hugh Jackman as PT Barnum in The Greatest Showman.

Jackman notes this despite feeling lonely while filming the first one X-Men Film that this experience still motivates him to this day to make sure he does everything in his power to create a supportive and open working environment on set, whether that set is for film or for the stage. A recent example is his efforts to ensure the child actors are included the music man still have the opportunity to be children while performing in a Broadway musical, despite the pressure of rehearsing for a professional performance. This collaborative and caring spirit Jackman brings to a set, alongside his stellar acting, could be a reason his career has thrived for more than two decades.


Jackman’s approach to his work and his devotion to an atmosphere where cohorts look out for each other is a quality that undoubtedly makes the sets he finds himself on more enjoyable, and arguably more productive, places. This ethic of creating a community culture at work rather than one focused on individualism, which Jackman attributes in part to cultural differences due to his Australian upbringing, is a useful change of pace not just for a film set, but for any workplace. For both Jackman’s fans since his first appearance in the X-Men movies, and also for newfound fans, he can be seen as Harold Hill in the revival of the music man currently playing on Broadway in New York City.


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Sources: The New York Times

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