Logan is an emotional viewing experience not only for the story story it tells, but because of the knowledge that it is Hugh Jackman’s last X-Men film after more than 15 years of playing Wolverine.
Many have been wondering what may have triggered Jackman’s decision to hang up the claws and retire from the role that made him a star, and while there were surely many contributing factors, at least one of them was a certain comedian who enjoys driving in cars and getting coffee.
Making an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week, Jackman was asked by the host why he chose to make Logan his last X-men movie and Jackman blamed an unlikely source: Jerry Seinfeld.
“I was just chatting with him about, ‘Why did you finish after that eighth or ninth season? What was the point? What was the tipping point?” Jackman recalled, referencing Seinfeld’s decision to end his highly-successful sitcom back in the late 90s. “And he was very clear. He said, ‘Look, when you’re creating something it’s very important not to run yourself dry. It’s not about finishing on top, necessarily, but making sure you’re creatively, still got something left, which propels you into the whatever’s next.”
“As he was talking to me, I went home and said, ‘Deb, this is it. This is the last one,'” Jackman continued. “And then, like, the next morning, I wake up at four in the morning and I record into a voice memo because I had this really strong idea of what to do for the next one, and that’s like two years ago or something.”
Jackman went on to explain that that idea became the seed for Logan, which he never expected 20th Century Fox to go for, and writer/director James Mangold helped turn Jackman’s idea into what would become the actor’s final Wolverine movie.
Logan hits theaters this Friday and does not contain any scenes of Hugh Jackman getting coffee with Jerry Seinfeld, in case you were wondering.