Hugh Jackman said it’s hard to underestimate just how big “X-Men: Days of Future Past” will be when it hits theaters next year.
“It’s like two movies in one,” Hugh told Access Hollywood’s Scott Mantz at the junket for his new thriller, “Prisoners,” in Toronto over the weekend.
“But the size of it is like three in one and it really is gonna blow people away because of the story,” he continued. “And [director] Bryan Singer, I think, is gonna become the first director to make increasingly better movies in a franchise. I’m not sure if there’s anyone else who’s done it.”
The new “X-Men” film, which unites some of the original “X-Men” cast with the “X-Men: First Class” alums, opens on May 23, 2014. The project recently wrapped filming, but while he was on set last month, Hugh posted a series of photos from his workouts on Instagram and Twitter, his muscle-packed figure and dedication to looking Wolverine perfect impressing fans.
“I’m a little embarrassed about that,” Hugh said of one photo where he was lifting 460 pounds. “That was a moment… [of] just showing off, completely showing off. … I’m about to turn 45, I will never do this again and I want to document it.”
In Hugh’s upcoming film “Prisoners,” due out on September 20, the actor plays Keller Dover, a father who decides to take matters into his own hands when his daughter goes missing.
“It was amazing to see this film, which is so intense,” Hugh said, after screening the film at the Toronto International Film Festival. “It keeps you on the edge of your seat. Trust me, I don’t care if I gave you six spoilers you still wouldn’t know the end of this movie. And to watch it with 2000 people, to hear them gasp collectively, was just thrilling to me.”
Hugh said the film, which also stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a detective, should affect more than just parents.
“You can’t plan for this — kids going missing. This is a parent’s worst nightmare,” he said. “But this film resonates with people [who] aren’t even parents because we understand it in the same way that Ariel Castro case grips a nation. This scenario taps into our deepest fears of who can we really rely on? Who’s protecting us? Are we in control, you know? And the powerlessness of that situation for everyone, the violence involved, it can make us all prisoners,” he said.
-- Jolie Lash