Hugh Jackman Originally Didn’t Know What the Hell a Wolverine Was

Hugh Jackman has truly immortalized the role of Wolverine of the X-Men. At this point, I don’t think anyone could ever picture another person who could portray Wolverine with Jackman’s dedication and charisma. Jackman so perfectly nailed that part and encapsulated the character that Marvel Comics fans knew and loved. Unfortunately, since Jackman has retired from the role since his performance in Logan, we can assume that eventually, somewhere down the line, there will be another Wolverine. But we fans can’t think about that right now without tearing up. It’s too soon.

On Monday night, Jackman appeared on Stephen Colbert and paid tribute to Stan Lee who passed away this week. He spoke of Lee’s creative genius and how his work has impacted the lives of so many.

Jackman admitted that he truly learned a lot from working with Lee. Including what exactly a wolverine is.

“Embarrassingly, I didn’t know what a wolverine was, and I had never heard of such an animal, and I presumed it was a made-up name for the comic book.”

That’s right, the Wolverine himself originally had no idea what such a creature was and that it actually existed. Apparently, Jackman assumed that a wolverine was some kind of super, hyper-mutated fictional wolf until Stan Lee explained otherwise.

“I said, ‘I was doing some work on the wolves, blah, blah, blah’ and he goes, ‘Wolves? Why wolves? You’re playing a wolverine.’ I go, ‘That’s not an animal’ and he goes, ‘Yeah it is, go to the zoo.’ It was a humiliating moment and three weeks of wasted research.”

No worries, we forgive you, Hugh! I’m sure after that experience Jackman like the rest of us learned a valuable lesson. When in doubt, go forth and Google.

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