Hugh Jackman has admitted for the first time that he was unhappy with the outcome of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Despite grossing $372 million worldwide, the Gavin Hood-directed 2009 X-Men spin-off was seen as a disappointment among die-hard fans and critics. It now also appears that the movie fell short of Jackman’s expectations, as he told Entertainment Weekly that it didn’t succeed in deepening his clawed mutant character.
“I had something to prove, and we could have done better,” said the actor. “Somehow the first Wolverine movie ended up looking like the fourth X-Men — just with different characters. I left unsure if we’d achieved our goal, which was to make sure people understood my character.”
However, Jackman is confident that this summer’s The Wolverine, directed by Walk The Line‘s James Mangold, will rectify mistakes of the past. “This movie will really get to his core,” he said. “So…fingers crossed that we’ve done it this time. I’m pretty confident we have.”
Alongside Jackman and Famke Janssen, who plays Jean Grey, Wolverine’s love interest from the X-Men movies, The Wolverine cast also includes Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Will Yun Lee (Die Another Day). The film is scheduled to open in UK cinemas on July 26. You can watch the trailer below.
Jackman has already made five appearances as Wolverine in X-Men movies, and he’s also confirmed for the next instalment, Days Of Future Past, which is due in July 2014.