Why is Hugh Jackman doing back-to-back X-Men movies?

Apr 6, 2013 at 11:02 a.m. ET

How much of Wolverine can Hugh Jackman take? The actor's gearing up for another round of mutant action with X-Men: Days of Future Past. After shooting this year's The Wolverine, Jackman reveals what made him want to suit up again.

Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: WolverineHugh Jackman's played the role of Wolverine for over a decade. He's grown the beard and unleashed the claws for a total of six films (if you include his cameo in X-Men: First Class). But that won't be the end of it. The Australian actor will reprise the character again for next year's Days of Future Past.

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Being Wolverine isn't an easy task. Jackman has to get into superhero shape. After wrapping The Wolverine, he thought he was done with the grueling regimen, but he was wrong. According to EW, the producers for Days of Future Past came knocking and pulled him back in.

"I must admit I was starting to see a life free of steamed chicken breasts," jokes Jackman. "They told me the idea and, at the time, it was Matthew Vaughn [directing]. Instantly, I knew it was a winner. It just felt like everything was coming full circle. However, I must admit my stomach and my mind were like, 'Oh no.'"

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Jackman couldn't pass up the opportunity, especially when director Bryan Singer (Vaughn's replacement) came on board. Singer gave him his first big break with 2000's X-Men.

"I owe, in a way, everything to Bryan. The first film I did in America was X-Men. Wolverine is a character I've loved playing and I can't believe it's going to be my seventh time playing it. It just blows me away," said Jackman.

"It not only feels like the right kind of project, it actually is so exciting that we'll all be back together again. I don't want to give away too much, but I'm really excited not only to reunite with all those great actors but also to work with some of the other ones."

X-Men Days of Future Past opens in theaters July 18, 2014.

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