"Don't make the fights pretty."
That's what Hugh Jackman repeatedly requested to the writers of the X-Men franchise. His fans have no choice but to admit that his 17 years, as Logan or Wolverine, has been anything but pretty.
He breathed his last as the titular character in James Mangold's Logan that released last week. As Jackman announced prior to the release of the film, it would be the last time he plays the celebrated character and will hang his claws with this one as it takes a toll on his health.
His concerns echoed with his character in Logan as well. This time, Logan was not the typical invincible Wolverine. He was the Logan who hurt people more out of desperation than out of choice. He coughed while dishing out signature one liners and often appeared desolate in even the most soothing scenes of the film. In a nutshell, he wasn't Wolverine. He merely played Logan.
Jackman fit into the shoes of Logan quite organically as his portrayal epitomised the philosophy of human life - no man has ever progressed, or even survived, without getting himself hurt. Logan comes across as an immensely humane character in that respect. But the line that he crosses in order to become a superhero is that of the frequency.
While 'no pain, no gain' is the idiom we are all familiar with, Logan goes that extra mile in embodying it. His mutant genesis, coupled with his inevitable fate, makes him a steely character, both in terms of endurance and expression. In order to protect his dear ones, he has to hurt himself every time. He ends up not only hurting others but also himself, both literally and emotionally.
It is certainly not a pleasant sight to see that claw of Adamantium pierce through his flesh. While the will to do so every now and then comes from the reassurance of his healing powers, the idea of going through that pain every time does not intimidate Logan. He is a hurt man who has gone down too many times to not rise again. It is in those moments, he transcends Logan to become Wolverine, the superhero.
As Jackman bids adieu to his alter ego, here is The Marvel Cinematic Universe's tribute to the man.
Published Date: Mar 06, 2017 06:31 pm | Updated Date: Mar 06, 2017 06:31 pm