His Wolverine character has been a great success for him and he admits playing this character in the X men helped his career take off in Hollywood. The forty four year old chats about his thirteen years of portraying the famed comic book character.
On his acting since the first “X-Men,
“This has pretty much been the backbone of my career. It was the first [Hollywood] job I got and there have been a hell of a lot of jobs and opportunities I’ve had off of it.”
On having doubts before becoming Wolverine,
“When we started this, comic-book movies were pretty much cold, it wasn’t really a genre. Since then I look at a lot of comic-book characters and Wolverine is certainly one of the more interesting, layered, fun and bad-ass. And I really enjoyed playing him.”
On the upcoming flick,
”The Wolverine” not being a sequel: “We’ve deliberately not called it ‘Wolverine 2′ because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic. The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film.”