Hugh Jackman’s X-Men character, Wolverine, is based on…The Godfather?
Kind of! In his recent return to Inside the Actors Studio, Hugh admits that for his upcoming movie The Wolverine, out July 26, he wanted to channel Robert De Niro.
“I want to feel how I felt when Robert De Niro took his shirt off in Cape Fear. I want to go, ‘Holy sh*t, don’t screw with this guy,’” he shares.
The 44-year-old shot the first X-Men movie nine years ago (the same time he first visited Inside the Actors Studio).
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But Hugh wasn’t only finding inspiration from Robert… he also admits to studying the wrong animal when he started doing character research – oops!
“I said, ‘Wolverine’s not an animal, that’s just like the character name,” he admits when director Bryan Singer asked why he’d been studying wolves for the role.
Turns out, wolverines do exist in the wild! “News to me!” the Emmy winner laughs.
The actor also chats about his time playing Jean Valjean in Les Misérables alongside Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.
Tune in to Hugh’s Inside the Actors Studio interview on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
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