Director James Mangold’s The Wolverine is both a blockbuster comic book brawler and a hero’s journey cast in the mold of classic Japanese cinema. Star Hugh Jackman – whose commitment to the role is beyond reproach – and director James Mangold were both on hand at this weekend’s Comic-Con to talk up their adaptation of Chris Claremont’s classic take on Logan’s story. The pair commented on the importance of the Japanese setting and cast, the soul of Wolverine as a character, balancing drama and action, and addressed the concerns of one fan who had been slightly mislead by the film’s trailers.
Also starring Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Will Yun Lee, Famke Janssen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee and Svetlana Khodchenkova, The Wolverine opens July 26th. Hit the jump to see what Jackman and Mangold had to say.
Jackman on his experience in Japan:
I’ve not only promoted movies there, but I’ve been there three or four times for vacation; my wife and I and kids love Japan, but we’ve never had the experience of working there for such a long period of time. We went to, not only Tokyo, which I’ve been to, I’ve been to the north to ski, we went to Kyoto, we filmed in Tomonoura which was four hours south of the bullet trains in Fukuyama. We went to places I’d never been to before, so I feel like I have a much richer, deeper understanding of Japan and its culture. My son and I climbed Mt. Fuji, which I’d been … …read more