Hugh Jackman Didn’t Know Wolverines Were Real Until He Started Filming ‘X-Men’

Bryan Singer broke the news on set.
Hugh Jackman in Logan
Ben Rothstein

Hugh Jackman presumably knows a good deal about wolverines by now, having played the most famous of them all for the last 17 years. Before the original “X-Men” movie, however, he was blissfully unaware that they’re an actual animal: “I didn’t even know there was a wolverine,” the actor revealed during a recent Page Six interview.

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“I literally, embarrassingly did about two weeks of research on wolves,” continued Jackman. “I remember going past an IMAX in Toronto, and there was an IMAX documentary about wolves, and so I thought, ‘I’ll go and see that.'”

As you might imagine, this inevitably led to some confusion on set. Bryan Singer, the film’s director, noticed Jackman’s gait and asked him about it: “He said, ‘Are you sort of walking funny, what’s going on?’ And I said, ‘I’ve been doing this thing with wolves,’ and he goes, ‘You know you’re not a wolf, right?'”

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After assuring his director that wolverines were not, in fact, a real thing, Jackman was met with this response: “Go to the zoo, dude.” A sporting event at the University of Michigan would have worked, too.

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