In a joint interview between a few online publications – like /FILM and SuperHeroHype – Hugh Jackman was able to talk about The Wolverine. The questions are pretty great, delving into the source material including talk about Yukio/Mariko and the Japanese culture incorporate into the film. Hugh was also asked about a potential Avengers appearance, in which he states that he’d love to join in — if only to mix it up with Robert Downey Jr and “kick [Iron Man’s] ass.” I personally liked what he had to say about a potential R-rated Wolverine as well. Check out excerpts below before heading to the sources (it’s the same interview at both).
Q: With this being a darker film, is an R-rated film more appropriate?
Jackman: We talked about it. Darren and I talked about it. Jim and I talked about it. The studio and I talked about it. By the way, they were open to that idea because if you’re ever going to make a real character R-rated, Wolverine’s the one, and I can… part of me would just love to indulge in the freedom that that gives you. On the same point, and I worked with him, but I’m forever grateful to Chris Nolan because I think what he’s shown is actually the R-rating is not necessary to give you a satisfying, smart, dark, emotionally complex story. All I said to Darren and I said to Jim, I said, “It’s tempting to be great. Obviously, that samurai elements, and you think of the history of blood spattering and all of that, the visuals, all of that, which is so tempting, I can’t tell you in the last 10 years how many 11, 13, 15 year olds, 17 year olds that I’ve met that it’s not just cool movie, man, what it means to them.” And so, I say, “We’ve gotta have an incredible reason to deliberately exclude them, because that’s what we’re saying. We’re saying, ‘This is not for you,’ or ‘you can watch it in six years’ time.'” I mean, of course, they’ll all watch it anyway. But the message is, “This is not for you.” And I just said, “In the end, actually, everything we wanted to do with an R-rated version, we are doing in terms of who the character is.” So, yeah. One more?
Q: Okay. I think a lot of fans would want to know, would Wolverine — you as Wolverine — ever appear in an Avengers movie? Do you think the legal powers that be could ever make that happen?
Jackman: You know, obviously we have people from—one of the great things about this movie is that a lot of people from Marvel are here and it seems a lot more inclusive than it has been in the past. I don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes, but I think it’s fantastic. I actually just asked the other day, I said, “I don’t know what the legal situation is, but why don’t these companies come together? Why isn’t it possible?” Because personally, I would love to mix it up with Robert Downey Jr. and Iron Man and kick his ass. It’d be great. [laughs] There you go. There’s your quote. [laughs]