Hugh Jackman can’t be bought. The Australian actor’s clearing the air about his rumored $100 million salary.
20th Century Fox loves Hugh Jackman. He headlines one of their most popular franchises. Jackman’s latest outing, The Wolverine, has grossed $307 million worldwide. Its success has sparked rumors of future Wolverine/X-Men sequels.
It’s no secret that Jackman will return to the X-Men series for Days of Future Past. He’s currently shooting the movie alongside director Bryan Singer and co-stars Halle Berry, Michael Fassbender and Patrick Stewart.
The National Enquirer recently reported that Fox had offered Jackman $100 million to play Wolverine in four more movies. That’s a jaw-dropping amount. It’s so outlandish that the actor had to publicly deny it.
Jackman told Entertainment Weekly, “No it’s not true. I would never do that. I’ve never done that mainly because, for the fans and for me, each time I’ve gone around there’s been a really good reason to do it and I don’t know what that reason is from here. I’m in the middle of making this and I just promoted the other and I’m really happy with the way The Wolverine came out.”
Jackman’s right about one thing: Each time he’s played Wolverine, there’s been a legit reason behind it. With Days of Future Past, he’s reprising the role because the story’s based on a very famous comic book arc. It’s one where Wolverine is prominently featured. It only makes sense that he’d return and be true to the source material.
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in theaters May 23, 2014.