Recently one of the many great promos for Deadpool was released in which star Ryan Reynolds in character as the title character wished his Aussie fans a happy Australia Day. But in doing so, he took a teeny tiny little shot at Wolverine due to the not so popular usage of his character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Wolverine is of course played by Australian actor Hugh Jackman, and so naturally the actor was asked what he thought about the comments and whether or not he thought Wolverine could take down Deadpool. This also led to the inevitable question of whether Jackman would be open to playing the character one last time in Deadpool 2.
You can see what he had to say below.
Yahoo! Movies caught up with Jackman at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was promoting his new movie Eddie the Eagle. When asked what he thought of Deadpool’s comments, he said:
“Love it. It’s just brilliant. I mean, I love Ryan, he’s a good mate of mine. He’s so fantastic.”
But when asked if Wolverine could still take on Deadpool, almost seven years after their battle in X-Men Origins, he said with a smile “A hundred percent.”
It’s expected that Hugh Jackman’s long run as Wolverine will come to an end after his third solo movie as the character, and a Deadpool 2 is far from being a real thing with the first very R-rated movie still (even with great early feedback) needing to find a way to make enough money for Fox to greenlight it. Even so, Jackman was still asked if there was any chance that he might take on the role one more time in a Deadpool sequel:
“I’ve never thought about it till now, but doing something with Ryan – he’s awesome – that’s always attractive to me. But I think you’ve probably got several other people lined up to play [Wolverine]…”
They wrapped up with Jackman talking about how many times and how long he’s been playing Wolverine:
“I don’t really count the numbers but I certainly am amazed at 17 years of playing this character, which I love, obviously. And it’s been the backbone of my career, and I am ridiculously grateful to the fans and I am really taking this last one so seriously. I’ve never worked as hard on one as this, and I really leave it on a high. Not just for me, but for all the fans. It’s kind of amazing, no one really saw all this coming.”
And here as a bonus, just in case you forgot, is Ryan Reynolds’ first appearances as Wade Wilson alongside Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine before all that silliness everyone hated later in the movie.