It's been confirmed that Hugh Jackman is hanging up his claws for good after the standalone "Wolverine" movie in 2017. Now, it's been revealed that the person who convinced the Australian actor to quit being an X-Men is none other than Jerry Seinfeld. No, really.
The 46-year-old actor showed up on "Live with Kelly and Michael" on Tuesday where he confirmed that he's done with the "X-Men" franchise after the next movie, and possibly after a cameo in the upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse," according to EW. When asked what made him want to quit playing the character after 17 years, the actor dropped the name of his friend and legendary comedian- Jerry Seinfeld.
"I was having a chat with him about a year ago at his birthday and he was talking about why he finished the end of ["Seinfeld"] and how it was riding high," he said (via People). "And he 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!'"
This wasn't the first time that Jackman revealed he's finished with Wolverine after 2017. The actor first dropped the news in May during an appearance on "The Dr. Oz Show." He told the host that he was thrilled the role lasted for almost two decades, but felt like the movies were winding down to a perfect, natural conclusion.
"I kind of have, in my head, what we're going to do in this last one, and it just feels like this is the perfect way to go out," he said.
As for what's in store for the final chapter in Jackman's "Wolverine" saga, precious little is known about the upcoming action flick. However, previous rumors indicate that he could be sharing the screen with another iconic X-Men veteran, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). Speaking to Oregon Live, Stewart previously teased plans for him to appear in the next standalone "Wolverine" now that he's officially not going to appear in "X-Men: Apocalypse."
"What I'm very excited about is that we have been talking about a 'Wolverine' movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together. Wolverine and Professor Xavier," he said. "That would be a very different sort of 'X-Men' from the four movies that I've already done."
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