Hugh Jackman's portrayal of Wolverine has become a favorite among fans of the X-Men movie franchise. Aside from appearing in four of the main titles and a pair of spinoffs, Jackman is set to take up the claws once again in Logan - the second film in the X-Verse to secure an R rating.
This latest installment, which will serve as the last time we see Hugh Jackman in the role, will follow an aging Logan as he attempts to look after Professor Charles Xavier and a young mutant named Laura. The film will feature a violent western tone, which is certainly something that we haven't seen before in the X-Men movies.
Fox recently screened some footage from Logan at the Butt-Numb-A-Thon film marathon, where director James Mangold revealed to attendees that Hugh Jackman actually took a pay cut in order to ensure the movie would be rated R.
Mangold said that Hugh Jackman took a salary cut because he wanted to do an R-rated movie.— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) December 11, 2016
Given that R rated films like this don't usually perform as well financially as those with a rating of PG-13, Jackman's willingness to take a pay cut on Logan makes total sense from a financial standpoint. Interestingly, Mangold previously shot both PG-13 and R rated versions of The Wolverine, but Fox nixed the idea of releasing it as an R rated movie.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Dafne Keen, Richard E. Grant and Elise Neal, Logan arrives in theaters on March 3, 2017.
Source: Eric Vespe