It was a shock to some and a welcoming surprise to others when Hugh Jackman revealed last month that he will step down from the role of Wolverine in the X-Men franchise.
And now we finally know why.
According to the Aussie actor, comedian Jerry Seinfield influenced his decision, which will see his last performance as the clawed hero in the untitled 2017 X-Men spin-off.
Revealed on US talk show, Live! With Kelly & Michael, Jackman said he realised he’d reached the end of his time as Wolverine after a conversation with Seinfield.
“He [Seinfield] said he just always had this feeling or belief that you never know when either your energy or the audience’s energy is going to dip over and people are like, ‘Please! Go!’” Jackman said.
“I’ve been doing it for 17 years, I love it. I think the movies are getting better. And all of the sudden, as he was talking to me, I went, ‘This is it.’”
Jackman first started playing the comic book mutant superhero in the early 2000s and has since reprised the role for seven films, including two stand-alone Wolverine movies.
In all honesty, we loved Jackman as the rebellious X-Men, but we think his departure could make way for more female X-Men heroes (*cough* Storm who is actually meant to be second in charge) to receive some time in the spotlight.
Will X-Men be the same without Jackman?